Mystery object

Can anyone identify this object

Posted by martian101 5 years ago


What are these? Answered

Found in my father-in law's  old  tool box. They aren't metal or magnetic. Possibly ceramic. The only information printed on the side is 'Made in Canada'.  They fit together into a unit of four.  

Asked by mole1 1 year ago


Flower identification, please? Answered

This beauty belongs to my friend in S. Cal.   She says it blooms once a year then goes dormant (dies back) until the following year and repeats the cycle. Sorry, this is the only picture I have. Can anyone identify it?

Asked by bajablue 4 years ago


What is this tool? Answered

I'm cleaning out my junk drawer.  This whatever-it-is is going to the recycling center if I don't foresee having a use for it.  It appears to be some kind spatula?  It's made of #5 plastic and measures 11"x 1". What the heck IS it and what is it used for?

Asked by bajablue 5 years ago


NEED HELP IDENTIFYING A TOOL

Can anyone identify this tool and what it is used for? It belonged to a relative that recently passed away and I have no idea what it is. It is made from what appears to be heavy brass. The center "barrel" section is spring loaded and slides up to reveal what appears to be a sharp cutting back edge of the barb shaped tip. Anyone know? Thank you

Posted by mdb0531 2 years ago


Mystery (to me ;-) Succulent Identification: What is this? Answered

I bought this really interesting succulent(?) from a door-to-door plant salesman a week ago.   The pot is 5", so that gives you a size reference.  This strange-growing plant appears to have thorns, but the spikey protrusions are not hard or ouchie-sharp. Does anyone know what species it is?

Asked by bajablue 5 years ago



Does anyone know when season four of the series 'Murdoch Mysteries' comes out on DVD for region one ? Answered

I can't seem to find a definite answer anywhere.  I'm not sure where this fits in here, but I'm hoping someone might have something to pass along.  Thanks so much!  =^..^=  

Asked by happi cat #71 6 years ago


Can anyone identify this jawbone? Answered

Found in Tasmania , any help appreciated. I can't think of any animal native let alone foreign. Tusk or why is very sharp almost arrowhead like. Any help appreciated.

Asked by incer3 6 years ago


Does anyone know what this is?

It's sitting on a shelf in a coffee shop in Bristol, UK, and the owner of the place has promised my dad a free coffee if he can tell him what it is. Apparently it's about 6 inches long by about 4 inches high by about 3 inches deep. Any ideas anyone?

Posted by kathmonkey 7 years ago


What is it ? Do you know what this is???

My mums iron broke and she was going to throw it away but i took it apart and salvaged its innards i got: Some valves Varying gauges of wire Some plastic tubing More valves and a sort of sensor that tells if it is upright or flat, does anyone know exactly what it is or what i could use it for? Thanks :D

Posted by =SMART= 9 years ago


My mystery story

I'm in 8th grade and I have to write a mystery, please leave feedback and suggestions. I just want to make sure that this mystery would make sense to someone else, someone else who didn't write it. A rich man laid dead in his room with a will next to his body. He had many cuts and died from blood loss. As the police asses the situation they notice a knife next to him, the police thought suicide. Then they noticed a bloody will next to him, on the will it said that he would leave everything he owns to his butler. The inspector, inspector Higgins, found that it was odd the late Mr. Light left nothing to his wife, Mrs. Light who was sobbing next to the inspector. “Where were you when your husband was murdered?” asked inspector Higgins. “I was out shopping, I was getting him a Christmas gift.” Answered Mrs. Light “Do you have proof of this?” “Why yes, yes I do! Here’s a receipt from Kronix, the fancy watch store.” “Hmmmm. Here on the receipt you bought it about an hour ago, there would be have plenty of time for you to have commit this murder.” “How dare you say such a thing!?! I loved my husband, and I can explain about the time frame, Kronix is about an hour away, so it takes me time to get here!” “Ok, ok, ok, but what about this butler of yours, where is he?’ “I don’t know, he should be in the house.” The inspector and the police searched the house. The inspector came to a closet door and tried to open it, but it only opened an inch. “Officer, please help me open this door,” said the inspector. After much pushing they got the door open enough so that the slim inspector could slip into the room where he saw a shocking sight. “The butler’s in here, he was laying next to the door, and he appears to be dead from cuts.” Paramedics came rushing in . “He’s not dead, he’s merely unconscious, and we must get him to a hospital. A day later when the butler made enough of a recovery to talk. “Mrs. Light killed Mr. Light, she started slashing at me, but then I ran into the closet, which was foolish. She attacked me in there and I passed out, she must have thought I was dead.” Whispered the butler. “You’re under arrest for the murder of Mr. Light.” Announced the inspector towards the butler. How did he know the butler killed Mr. Light? The solution: When Inspector Higgins found the butler he was laying next to the door. According to the butler’s story he was being attacked in the closet, which means the murder would have to leave, which would have been impossible because the butler’s body kept the door from opening.

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago


Mystery board game or puzzle?

Hi everyone, Can anybody identify this mystery board game or puzzle? I was given it with no instructions, its in a nice hard wood case, it has 15 blue marbles and 15 white ones. There is 30 holes in total 9 on the top and 21 on the bottom. Thanks.

Asked by liquidhandwash 2 years ago


What do you think happened at the Dyatlov Pass?

What do you think happened to the Russian hikers at the Dyatlov Pass? I am interested in any theories that you might have regarding this mystery.

Posted by blkhawk 6 years ago


The Meaning Of Life

Well, the name describes it, What do YOU think the meaning of life is? if you have one i'd like to hear it.As this is a discussion in the name of clever people, i hope that this will not trigger any racist views, as anyone who is naive enough to put colour first person later,or ethnics first, should not be considered a valued member of this community.(Thanks to http://angelatesta.wordpress.com/2009/01/12/what%E2%80%99s-the-meaning-of-life/ for providing the picture)

Posted by mr.space 9 years ago


What is this weird reamer?

So I found this in the shop the other day. It looks like a normal reamer but it's not round. Four flutes extend to a larger diameter while four extend to a shorter diameter. The shorter flutes are sharpened just like the outer ones so they were clearly designed to cut something, even though they appear to have no clearance with which to do so. The tool has a keyed taper meaning it was intended for use in a heavy machine. The dimple in the tip of the tool does not go through the tool body.  Can anyone identify this weird tool? None of the professors or machinists I have shown it to have any idea what it is. 

Posted by ilpug 1 year ago


Can someone identify this mystery seedling? Answered

I purchased a couple of rose bushes from a mobile vendor and this small seedling was growing alongside one of the bushes.   At first, I assumed it was a weed, but now I don't think so. The seed it sprouted from is fairly large. Can anyone tell me what the name of this plant/flower is? The leave are just a couple of inches long now, but I imagine they will increase in size as the plant matures. I'll let pictures can do the rest of the talking. ;-) btw... I am in zone 9.

Asked by bajablue 6 years ago


A Dover Demon figurine?

I live in Dover Massachusetts, and today I visited the historical society.  The volunteer their said they were looking for figurines of the Dover demon (a creature that was sighted in Dover, and is a pretty big deal in some countries).  I decided maybe I should try finding a figurine, but I haven't had much luck.  Does anyone know where I could get some?

Asked by simplicity is key 8 years ago


Mystery of the CO2 Balloons!

Filled some balloons w  co2  from dry ice in a soda bottle.   As expected, they act like a lens, a magnifier of sound. No mystery there. Just as a dense glass refracts light, the denser gas refracts sound. The mystery is why balloons filled with co2  leak down faster than identical balloons filled by mouth. Yes, there is some co2 in my exhaled breath, but it is mostly  n2,  and  o2.  I would hav expected the n2 and o2 to leak out more quickly, being smaller molecules. So whatzup wit dat?

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago


Mystery Knex Gun

Im planning on making a gun that uses the best parts put together.Like the best handle connected to best body Etc.etc. If I recieve enough parts from you knex gunners I will post and have your name posted thanking you for your contribution.=)Please reply.There will be allowed 5 different types of each part.There will be sort of an election to choose what type you want.Will end 3 weeks after first entry is entered so hurry!(*PM FOR YOUR ENTRIES*)!!!

Posted by wf warfire wf 10 years ago


Food for an Alice in Wonderland RPG? Answered

I'm running a tabletop RPG based on Alice in Wonderland, with a heavy dose of wordplay (puzzles, ciphers, and puns). What food should I serve?  Looking for weird, mystical, puzzle or punny food.  Thoughts?

Asked by mousewrites 8 years ago


Mystery Prizes!

What's more fun that winning a prize? Why winning a mystery prize, of course! We're sending out mystery prizes to winners of the First-Time Author's Contest and Homemade Gifts Contest, and if you end up being one of lucky winners, we want to see your reaction when you open it. Share a picture of your mystery prize with us here or tag us on social media and we'll give you a shout out!  Check out the First Time Author Contest or Homemade Gifts Contest and make something awesome! 

Posted by tinaciousz 1 year ago


The mysteries of electricity... do I understand this correctly? (w/ pictures) Answered

Ok, is this diagram correct? Am I understanding all this right?

Asked by nepheron 8 years ago


Help me identify this spider?

OK so, tonight I was getting out of the shower when I saw what looked like a little bit of red string dangling in the air. I inspected closer and found out it was some kind of spider! It kinda just dangled there on what seemed like one thread of web from the ceiling about 1-2 feet from the floor. After blowing on it to conjure some sort of reaction, nothing happened. It just slowly swung without moving. So seeing as it was dead, I grabbed the stand of web a small distance ahead of it and dropped it into the sink. As soon as it touched the sink, it sprang to life being the sissy I am I filled the sink with water and let it be sucked into its watery grave. Here's my description, I'll post pics tomorrow. It was a deep red color, I'd say almost burgundy. I found it in my bathroom in Phoenix, Arizona As for it's size, I'd say it was relatively small, maybe the size of a nickel at the largest. Remembering back from learning about insects in fourth grade, because it was a reddish color I deducted it could be venomous, but I doubt it.

Asked by Fizzxwizz 7 years ago


The Sliding Rocks of the Racetrack Playa Mystery

"One of the most interesting mysteries of Death Valley National Park is the sliding rocks at Racetrack Playa (a playa is a dry lake bed). These rocks can be found on the floor of the playa with long trails behind them. Somehow these rocks slide across the playa, cutting a furrow in the sediment as they move. "The Question remains: "How do they move?"LINK

Posted by bumpus 9 years ago


Does any one know what this component is? - C521?

It is found in a variable temperature controlled soldering iron without feedback. It is about the size of an 1/8w resistor. The marking on the side says C53 or C531 (it's a bit smudged). The component symbol looks a bit like the pic below.

Asked by Electronics111 8 years ago


What mysterious force holds the plastic pizza signage to the top of this moving car? Answered

The attached photo was taken recently at an undisclosed location, somewhere in the Former United States (FUS). In it you can see a plastic sign-thingy on top of a moving car. My question is this: What mysterious forces keep the plastic sign-thingy from sliding off the car due to the effects of wind and inertial pseudoforces. What holds the sign to the top of the car? Is it powerful magnets? Double-sided sticky tape? Is it perhaps... love? Has anyone seen one of these artifacts up close, and/or knows for sure what the physical mechanism is?

Asked by Jack A Lopez 8 years ago


Mysterious translated version of an Instructable published

I'm not sure what's going on, but... I submitted an Instructable on 30 June. It was subsequently featured in the technology section. A few hours ago, I noticed a new draft of that Instructable, all in Spanish. The Spanish version of the Instructable was just published a few minutes ago. I neither created the draft nor published the Spanish Instructable. Was the original Instructable translated by an administrator? Is this normal? 

Posted by supercapacitor 3 years ago


What to do with this 'mystery machine' to turn it into an sci-fi monitor/screen/prop that's alive? Ideally, stand-alone? Answered

You're looking at a photo of what I came to call the 'mystery machine', as I've no idea what it's real purpose is exactly. I suspect it's an old, big multi- or voltmeter. As I say in the question, I'm looking to turn it into an sci-fi monitor/screen/prop that's 'alive' somehow; continually generating interesting content. What I'm thinking of is replacing the big, central meter with a monitor/screen of somesort. But, what kind? Ideally, this'll be easy to make, stand-alone and cheap.

Asked by Hellwolve 5 years ago


What is this light? Answered

Can this be done with lasers?   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1234430/Mystery-spiral-blue-light-display-hovers-Norway.html >

Asked by Joseph McCarthy 8 years ago


What is this tool used for?

The slots align and are approximately 1/4-inch in diameter. The smaller piece has rollers and slides across the flat piece.

Asked by FredrickF 1 year ago


General Discussion for Discussion

(In a musical gameshow like voice) It's time for the General Discussion for Discussion Blog. This is a blog where from week to week the owner will post something new and exciting to discuss and he and the audience discuss it in a general discussion matter With your host Mysterious Ninja Of Fire. Each week within the last post I will be giving a hint as to next week. This week is ninjas. next week will be democians.

Posted by mysterious ninja of fire 10 years ago


Will you teach us how to tame horses? Answered

My son, Stan, put a lock on my TV and the passcode is the answer. My wife and I can't watch our 'murder mysteries'.

Asked by AzBishop 9 months ago


An Unhealthy Obsession With Magnets

Ever since i observed the attractive/repelling invisible force of the magnet i was interested in this mysterious action at a distance what compels the movement of metal the laws, the principles, wow electromagnetism cool stuff

Posted by eoosen 11 years ago


What does "half eight" mean? Answered

I was watching one of the Lewis mysteries last night and they kept saying "half eight or half eleven".  Is that half before or half after the hour?

Asked by Re-design 7 years ago


The Robot Movie

The Robot Movie A timeless coming of age tale about murder, romance, danger, mystery, war, intrigue, accents, choreography, and dramatic shots by the water. Starring myself (Tetranitrate) and The Robot. Coming soon to an Instructable near you.

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Is it posible to create a video overlay ( like mst3k) using free software?

In Mystery Science Thearter 3000, There is a video with overlayed movie seats. Can I make something like this?

Asked by radiowave24 8 years ago


Another Mystery Succulent... Possibly carnivorous? Answered

We've had quite a bit of rain over the Summer and this charming indigenous succulent is growing like crazy all over the Baja California Coast.  It's hard to see from the photos, but the entire plant looks like it's covered with tiny water-blisters.  It literally glistens!  The flowers open in the sunlight and close at night.  The size varies, but I've seen them grow as large as 8" tall and 2' across.   It looks like it belongs to the Drosera (Sundew) family, but I've been unable to identify it.   Any ideas?

Asked by bajablue 5 years ago


Mysterious Pro Members???

 For a little while now, I have been questioning one thing: "Why are there so many new Pro Members that never even do anything on Instructables?" When you go on the home page, at the right side directly above the contests, you will see that the website shows new Pro Members. The odd bit about it is that when you click on some of their profiles, you will see that most of them haven't done anything on Instructables at all. Wouldn't one of them at least have made a comment, or asked a question? I'm now wondering if the owners of Instructables are making Instructables Pro Members on purpose, trying to convince the others that if so many people already went Pro, maybe they should too. If this is true, they wouldn't lose money, because if they are making the "Fake Members", their money goes right back to them. Leave a comment on what you think, or if you have an answer, please tell us all.

Posted by zascecs 8 years ago


Mystery Contraction ? Answered

Hi all,  I found this contraption today at the tip and was wondering if anyone knew what it might be?  It has been hand-made and looks like it measures something but I can't work out what.  It has a micro amperage meter, an LED, a bunch of coils which look like they are from a heater, and also a analogue clock on top with no hands.  Oh and it also has some small glass tubes on top which look like micro movement switches. I thought it might be used to measure lightening or some other environmental effect.  Maybe earthquakes? any ideas?

Asked by lonesoulsurfer 1 year ago


Great Revelation

Have you ever randomly stumbled across something (book, painting, comic, etc.) perfectly tailored for you? Something so perfectly fitting, that for a few fleeting seconds, the universe and all of its mysteries were laid bare before you.

Posted by Tetranitrate 9 years ago


Instructable not showing up in search...

Hi,For some reason, my latest instructable is not showing up in search results.It also disappeared mysteriously from the 'most recent' page after a few hours...Here's the link:https://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_make_money_online_starting_with_nothing/

Posted by sam noyoun 9 years ago


How does this mysterious noise work?

There’s an elementary school on the next block about 100 feet away from our house. Everyday from monday until friday, the noise coming from this school wakes me up about 6.30 am. What puzzles me is how could the noise reach me when our house is inside our block and the school isn’t even facing our block! -also how the noise could be ignored by the school’s nearest neighbors when it’s so loud at 100 feet away. Another thing is the voices I hear are too big and loud for elementary age students but I don’t see any high-school aged teeners at the school. And the greatest mystery is that I only hear the noise inside my room -never outisde! I know there’s a scientific or audiological explanation for this but I also know that getting the answer would take a lot of time and I just don’t have that. Can anyone give me the explanation for this?

Asked by pochsp 7 years ago


Mystery part!

My sister brought me home this part tonight from tech crew at school, she says she thinks it came from a fire alarm but were not sure. There are 2 lightbulb sockets and engraved on the metal it says "75W -125 v". Out of the back there are 6 wires, 1 red 1 black 2 white that are going into the large thing in the middle, and 1 black and 1 white coming out of the empty socket. the 2 sockets are also wired together. What is this part? is it simply a power supply with 2 light bulbs? The label says "Lithonia emergency systems on it" "input : 277 at 60hz (wht and black) output:120v 21.6VA (wht and red).

Posted by astrozombies138 10 years ago


Modern Warfare 2 Trailer... WHAT DID IT MEAN?!?!

If you have seen the Modern warfare 2 trailer you are probably as puzzled as I am , Come on lets figure this mystery outhere is the link www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfi6cpwrT24

Posted by robots199 9 years ago


What are these(Allen wrench like thingies)? Answered

I found these in an old toolbox. They are hexagonal like an Allen wrench, but have a smaller diameter round protrusion on one end. They are all the same size in "diameter". That's a standard size Sharpie marker there for reference.

Asked by jrh065 6 years ago


Who here has fish ?

Who here has fish? if you do have fish, what kind? I have two panda corydora catfish, a betta fish, and a gold mystery snail in a twenty gallon tank. if you do have fish what are there names?

Posted by iman 10 years ago


Can I buy zinc at a drug store?

I'm doing an experiment where i need a powder form of zinc and vitamins or whatever would do i just need zinc powder and do they sell it at drugstores?

Asked by mysterious ninja of fire 8 years ago


Camera/Battery Mystery

I'm trying to solve a mystery with an old camera of mine(a kidak cx 7330). It showed a low battery indicator with a fresh set of batteries, as well as some older ones-so i assumed it was broken. Once i had it replaced (which was overdue anyway, its like, 5 years old), i popped in a set of rechargables which i got with the new camera, and it worked. i tried with another, not so fresh pair of energizers ... and it worked too.  (all batteries are AA- i prefer cameras that use em, since they arn't toyishly small) Having gotten myself confused, i checked the voltages on all 3 sets of batteries. The fresh set was manganese, and 1.7v. The rechargables (nimh) were 1.4V and the not so fresh pair of energizers(alkaline) was 1.6 v and both worked. I'm wondering (other than what the hell is going on), if electronics have some kinda overvoltage protection, and if that was what was triggering off the issues, and if i ran down the manganese batteries to 1.6v or below, i could use them - that way i'd just use em for something high drain, and switch to them once its done.

Posted by faileas 8 years ago


What is this bright yellow growth on this log? Answered

No camera editing of any sort (no contrast or anything: it's really that brilliant Big Bird yellow). Found it in the woods here in Northern Vermont. What is it? It looks so cool, doesn't it? Photos taken summer '08.

Asked by Pompom 8 years ago