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BigV 06-28-2007 03:10 PM

What is this?
 
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What is this thing?

I have taken many (many) pictures since I quit using film cameras, since electrons are so much less expensive than film stock. Some of those pictures have been interesting to look at, partly because they were unusual subjects, or extreme close ups, or had the context removed from the frame, any other reason. I'm sure you've all seen such pictures. I have fun looking at them and guessing what they are. Maybe you'll have fun guessing what these are.

BigV 06-28-2007 03:16 PM

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Here's a repeat from a while back that neatly fits into this thread.

elSicomoro 06-28-2007 03:24 PM

Big, I don't need to know what you and your wife do with that first thing. :D

BigV 06-28-2007 03:26 PM

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Another one.

Pie 06-28-2007 03:57 PM

The last one is some sort of sparkler?

BigV 06-28-2007 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by sycamore (Post 359719)
Big, I don't need to know what you and your wife do with that first thing. :D

Ha.

You're close, though. One pumps and the other squeezes. Care to guess?

I bet xoB would know. busterb, zippyt and BrianR are other likely candidates. The picture is of my first time using the device.

BigV 06-28-2007 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Pie (Post 359739)
The last one is some sort of sparkler?

No, but you're getting warm (!), because it *is* fire.

elSicomoro 06-28-2007 04:13 PM

The first looks like a tripod or some type of catapult mechanism.

The second looks like the inside of a paper lantern.

The third looks like an actual paper lantern.

This is almost like a Rorschach test. :)

Shawnee123 06-28-2007 04:32 PM

Is the last one a lit cigarette?

The first one, some kind of wood clamp for woodworking?

Kitsune 06-28-2007 04:34 PM

First one looks like old aircraft center console controls. Flaps, throttle, etc.

BigV 06-28-2007 04:46 PM

What it is -- Post #1
 
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Good guesses all!

This is a steel strapping machine. Here are a couple more shots, the first from a different angle and the second of the finished product.

It works by taking a length of strap steel (like what a tape measure is made from, but flat) and running it around the bundle and through the machine. Then each movement of the handle ratchets the strap tighter and tighter. When it's tight enough, then a clip is placed onto a section of the straps where they overlap and the second machine with the opposing handles is placed over the clip and it's crimped into place. Then you slide the ratchet tightener out and your strapped bundle is complete. You may trim the excess strap past the crimp.

Flint 06-28-2007 05:11 PM

I should have figured that out. I read about a high-profile engineering firm that interviews applicants by presenting them with a briefcase full of various mechanical and electronic objects. The applicant has to guess what these things do, to the best of their ability, based on their experience and raw reasoning power. Wish I had a link, this was a print article. Pop Sci, or Discover, or Scientific American.

Anyway, please don't reveal the green thing. That one has stumped us for a good long while, now.

BigV 06-28-2007 05:18 PM

Are you serious about the green thing? It was posted before, and revealed too. I don't mind waiting, but it's more about the interesting pictures and conversation than it is about playing stump the chumps. Perhaps I should post the "answer" in invisible spoiler text or something.

Regardless, I'll wait a while. Anybody dying to know may pm me for the answer right away.

Plus, I'd love to see other's interesting and unusual pictures. I'll have more of my own posted soon. Keep guessing!

Flint 06-28-2007 05:20 PM

I never saw the answer.

"interesting and unusual pictures" ...I've been saving a few personal WTFs... on my drive at home.

xoxoxoBruce 06-28-2007 05:29 PM

That steel strapping has been replaced with the saran wrap looking stuff that only sticks to itself. The green button is easy but that red blob is too vague for anything but a wild guess. I'll guess a campfire.

HungLikeJesus 06-28-2007 05:41 PM

I was going to guess #2 was the end of a CFL, but then it would be a spiral instead of concentric circles.

Shawnee123 06-28-2007 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Shawnee123 (Post 359754)
Is the last one a lit cigarette?


WELL?:eyebrow:

BigV 06-28-2007 07:04 PM

What it is -- Post #4
 
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Fire, a handful of fire.

Here are a couple more shots taken very shortly after the one in post #4. In the first picture, you can see the silhouette of his fingers. In the second picture, the light is enough to see his profile and his hand and the ball of fuzz which contains the glowing ember.

Watch what happens on the next breath in the next post!

BigV 06-28-2007 07:09 PM

What it is -- Post #4, part two.
 
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In the next breath, the ball of untwisted sisal rope bursts into flame! Now's a good time to get it away from your face, don't you think?!

These were started with flint and steel. The flint scrapes off a little sliver of steel and the energy of that scraping heats the minute sliver to incandescence, a spark. When this spark lands on a piece of charcloth, it glows like the coal on the end of a lit cigarette. The coal is enfolded in the nest of sisal fibers and blown into life, like you see here.

HungLikeJesus 06-28-2007 07:27 PM

Was this last Sunday near Angora Ridge, California?

BigV 06-28-2007 07:33 PM

No sir. Last summer at camp, north of CA.

SteveDallas 06-28-2007 09:59 PM

I was going to guess the first pic was a governor of some kind.

wolf 06-28-2007 10:52 PM

I see the resemblance to Schwarzeneggar too.

fargon 06-28-2007 11:59 PM

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Originally Posted by BigV (Post 359703)
What is this thing?

I have taken many (many) pictures since I quit using film cameras, since electrons are so much less expensive than film stock. Some of those pictures have been interesting to look at, partly because they were unusual subjects, or extreme close ups, or had the context removed from the frame, any other reason. I'm sure you've all seen such pictures. I have fun looking at them and guessing what they are. Maybe you'll have fun guessing what these are.

A reloading press?

xoxoxoBruce 06-29-2007 12:33 AM

Pssst....post 11.

busterb 06-29-2007 08:04 PM

I have a straping deal in shop. No crimper. You bend it over and tap closed with hammer. But I really did know what it was. Bah.

glatt 06-30-2007 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by busterb (Post 360130)
But I really did know what it was. Bah.

Me too, but opened the thread too late for credit.

zippyt 07-01-2007 03:16 AM

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Ok what is THIS ???

Aliantha 07-01-2007 03:57 AM

blood

Undertoad 07-01-2007 08:50 AM

ketchup

zippyt 07-01-2007 11:55 AM

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Correctumundo UT ,
Here is the bigger pic,

busterb 07-01-2007 02:34 PM

Peas, onions and catsup! damn

zippyt 07-01-2007 03:05 PM

Oh I forgot to mention that the Onion is a Vidalia !!!
MMMMMMMMMMM :yum: !!!!!!!!!

Elspode 07-01-2007 03:16 PM

I was gonna guess "your colonoscopy".

xoxoxoBruce 07-01-2007 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by busterb (Post 360417)
Peas, onions and catsup! damn

They call them peas down there, Buster?

Yznhymr 07-01-2007 04:43 PM

Looks like some bacon in there, too...

Ketchup on a good helping of peas seems to be a bad idea, but to each his or her own...

zippyt 07-01-2007 06:12 PM

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Looks like some bacon in there, too...
Every thing is better with BACON !!!!!

The catchup is only there because there was no Chow Chow on hand .

Clodfobble 07-01-2007 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
They call them peas down there, Buster?

I would have called them black-eyed peas, but they're definitely not beans.

DucksNuts 07-01-2007 11:28 PM

That looks gross Bippy!!

xoxoxoBruce 07-02-2007 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 360485)
I would have called them black-eyed peas, but they're definitely not beans.

They look like yellow eye beans to me.

busterb 07-02-2007 07:12 PM

Well Zip. What are they? Blk-eyes or what.

zippyt 07-03-2007 10:23 PM

Purple hull peas from a friends garden

Ducky !!! You say that looks gross when you folks down under eat Vegamite ??????!!!!!!

DucksNuts 07-03-2007 11:52 PM

Bippy, if you dont like Vegemite....you havent had it prepared properly. You have to have hot toast, with melted butter and a light smear of Vegemite.....Yummmo!!!

Or alternatively, fairly thick with cheese on toast.

I, personally, am happy to dip my finger into the jar then lick it off :)

Flint 07-05-2007 09:34 PM

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Here's one. Shouldn't be too hard to say what it is, but... well what it is isn't the problem.

busterb 07-05-2007 11:17 PM

insulator that's been heated and dropped in water

DucksNuts 07-05-2007 11:41 PM

...a masturbatory aid ?

xoxoxoBruce 07-06-2007 05:00 AM

Not glass.

Flint 07-06-2007 09:25 AM

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Originally Posted by busterb (Post 361625)
insulator that's been heated and dropped in water

Right, it's an old glass insulator. I haven't been able to figure out what happened to it.

Heated, then rapidly cooled, you think? ...But why would somebody do that? ...???

TheMercenary 07-06-2007 09:31 AM

Yea, insulator from an old telephone pole, we have a whole stretch of RR that has miles of them. Mostly green ones.

beauregaardhooligan 07-06-2007 03:02 PM

Maybe it got zapped by lightning?

busterb 07-06-2007 03:48 PM

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I think I had these 2 back in the do-dad thread. My Dad told me that someone heated in oven then dropped in water. Why? Not a clue.
Anyway we used them for target pratice when kids along RR tracks.

LabRat 07-06-2007 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by busterb (Post 361735)
Heated in oven then dropped in water. .

Yes, this is often done with marbles to get the crackled look. (My grandma had lots of these, and I asked her once)

Some people like the look of it, for using in crafts etc.


BTW, I tried this, and most of my marbles cracked, but fell apart. There is an art to getting just the right temp difference. --No cracks about losing my marbles etc. Too easy!

The clear one on the right got struck by lightening, which heated it/melted part, and the rain cooled it fast enough to get the crackles.

Flint 07-23-2007 11:32 PM

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So, y'all think it was done purposefully, for artistic effect... I don't know.

I guess mine are more like "What's Wrong With This Picture?" ... or "What The Hell Happened Here?"

DucksNuts 07-23-2007 11:49 PM

There be two creatures in that there pic that shouldnt be there.

Lizard of some description? after a crickety looking snack?

Flint 07-24-2007 12:00 AM

It's a wasp nest, that's why I took the picture. Only afterwards did I see the lizard. Noteworthy because I just opened the housing to remove that snipped gray wire, which the previous owners had Macgyver'd onto the outdoor floodlight fixture, to get electricity for a pond pump motor in the backyard. The front panel of that box had been screwed down, with enough space to let that gray wire run out the side. Yet... there's a fuckin' menagerie in the damn thing when I open it.

I wish I had pictures of me up on top of the 6" wide hand rail I was standing on, with a broom in one hand and a pokin' stick in the other, stirrin' up those wasps and then takin' swats at 'em, Kung Fu style; but my wife didn't see the humor and made me get down. Then she made some comment about "life insurance" or some such, as I recall...

Flint 07-24-2007 12:12 AM

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Anyway... Here's one more I've been saving for The Cellar:

steambender 07-24-2007 01:19 AM

Reminds me of the retired guy across the street who bought a garage sale snowblower about three sizes bigger than his driveway. He was scrawny and not particularly big. The thing drug him around something awful, but once he had it going, everyone in the neighborhood got their driveways blown clear.

This guy looks like he's on a mission.

beauregaardhooligan 07-24-2007 08:06 AM

He better slow down in that school zone!

smurfalicious 07-24-2007 08:28 AM

I recall seeing an episode of Cops, I think, where there was a dude riding his lawnmower down the street. Problem was that he was piss drunk. And apparently you can get a DUI on your John Deere.

Edit:
I love youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-UNSmYmBuI

yesman065 07-24-2007 08:38 AM

Looks like he is either cruisin' on the sidewalk, pickin up the leaves or cuttin some really dead grass.


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