Strange Objects the Internet Helped to Demystify

Have you ever found a mysterious object and tried all possible means to identify it but couldn’t? The internet has all the answers, especially Reddit. It’s the ultimate online community that covers anything and everything. This list has strange and bizarre objects that would’ve remained mysteries without a few Redditors.

A hand is holding up a confusing-looking plastic rack / A pill-shaped container opened up to reveal dividers intended for thread / A box of different shaped fabric tubes / A hand holding up a buttonhole maker / A changing traffic light / Round and yellow pods in a plastic casing.
Source: Reddit

We dare you to identify the enigmas on this list without looking for answers online. There are odd-looking antennas and slimy candies that will puzzle you. But before we go further, a moment of respect to all the good people of Reddit. Thank you for saving us the time!

Don’t Use That for Tea

At first glance, this artistic piece of pottery looks like a sophisticated teacup from the 19th Century. But things aren’t always as they look. We hope whoever found this didn’t prepare tea or something to drink in it because its use is far from tea, biscuits, or anything edible.

A ceramic dish that has a bowl on top and an opening on the side.
Source: Twitter

This is a scuttle, and it’s practically a mug for shaving. Could you have imagined something so elegant dotted with flowers and striking colors would be used for anything beard-related? It looks so beautiful. One thing is sure – people in the old times lived classy lives.

Do We Use This to Support the Toilet?

The person who walked into this public restroom was stressed out. Toilets usually have a sturdy porcelain base. Why would it stand on one leg? Do we adjust it based on someone’s height? Luckily, the internet was there to help. The original poster said they were “assuming a toilet support.”

On the underside of a public toilet, you can see an adjustable leg.
Source: Twitter

Their assumption is close but not entirely correct because this supports people. But not the people who use the toilet. This mysterious object supports people who clean the toilet. What you’re seeing is a wall-mounted toilet to make it easier for the cleaning crew to clean it.

A Strange-Looking Plumb Bob

The person who found this mysterious object had a good idea of what it might be. He mentioned it “looks like a plumb bob but has dials that turn and strange markings.” The plumb bob part was correct, but how about the dials that turn and strange markings?

Multiple angles of the pyramid-shaped cylinder object of unknown origin.
Source: Reddit

Well, Redditors had some pretty fascinating answers. Someone suggested that it was probably made using an old fuse model. They believed it was a Japanese artillery piece with a timed fuse, most likely a 75mm AA gun. They even mentioned that the object was “slightly poointier than you’d expect.” Woah!

Is That Frozen Money?

What would you do if you found money on the floor? Everyone has their answers, but we know what most people would do. Someone found this on the ground at their university. It looks like frozen money at first. But it had been lying in the dirt for some time.

One dollar bills half ‘frozen’ in a block of ice.
Source: Reddit

And there were no signs of melting. It turns out that the money was fake and what looked like ice was acrylic. Redditors assumed someone saw it, thought it was real, broke the piece, but left it on the floor disappointed after realizing the money was fake. Sounds plausible.

A Huge Toothbrush for Your Dog

This is a strange-looking toothbrush that we’ve never seen before. Who was this made for? Giraffes? Elephants? Whales? Oh, maybe for Dinosaurs. Just like us, the person who found this was absolutely clueless and rushed to the internet for help in finding the answer. Of course, he got it.

A dog using the chew toy-toothbrush / A weird-looking chew toy with an upward wand covered in bristles.
Source: Pinterest / Reddit

Surprisingly, the rubber object isn’t for wild animals. Actually, it’s for your pampered, domesticated pet. Your furry friend can chew, bite, and drool all over the flat part, which is meant to stick on the floor and stay in place. The bristled pieces keep their teeth clean! Interesting.

Pliers Don’t Look Like This

This strange pair of pliers look like a robotic spider or a mutant scorpion from the future. It’s difficult to figure out its usefulness. Regardless of how good you’re with tools, there’ll always be some highly-specialized ones that will be more difficult to identify. And this looks like one.

Rounded diagonal pliers with small teeth along the edges.
Source: Reddit

The finder assumed this was a certain type of plier but couldn’t quite figure out which one. Reddit was there to offer some help and told the guy that these were called piston ring installation pliers. If you don’t work in a mechanic store, this tool probably didn’t sound familiar.

A Futuristic Magical Wand for Harry Potter

We first thought this could be a giant chess piece from medieval times. But then again, maybe it’s a magical wand. Sadly, we are old enough to understand that magic doesn’t exist, so this must be something else. Reddit came to our rescue and provided us with the answer.

A wooden four-prong olive pick on a table next to a penny for scale
Source: Pinterest

If you’re a big fan of olives, then you’re in for a treat. This is an olive fork or an olive pick. You can use this to pick the final few still swimming about at the bottom rather than trying to fit your hand inside the jar.

A Toolset for Bakers

The husband of this Redditor received a delivery containing a few products that don’t seem to have much in common. One mysterious object is confusing enough, but getting a lot of strange objects is too much. Thankfully, one Reddit user was able to figure it out!

A bread basket containing various tools used for baking bread / A promotional photo of a bread-making kit that includes various items.
Source: Reddit

Each piece of this kit for baking bread has its own important role. For example, the basket keeps your bread for proofing. The other tools are used to slash the top of the dough to form patterns and allow the dough to expand in the oven appropriately. Sounds convenient.

Only Time Will Tell

Anyone who’s never seen this before will assume this is a kind of ad or a particular brand’s logo. Those who have seen it live would know that the colors change from time to time. Some people probably know this technology, given they see it every day.

A light post with multiple rows of changing lights on the top.
Source: Reddit

But for those who don’t know, this is called a “set theory clock.” In German, it’s called “Mengenlehreuhr.” Located in Berlin, the clock has 24 lights. The two top rows count the hours, the yellow circular light at the top counts the seconds, and the two bottom rows clock the minutes. The time here is 11:41.

A Glass Jar or What?

Under normal lighting, this object looks like a regular decorative jar or a container for storing a few nuts. But it glows under UV light! It changes into a yellow-green color. So, what could this be? We’ve not seen anything like it. Could Reddit have the answers? Let’s see.

A small cracked jar that looks like a small vase. The jar is glowing yellow-green under UV light.
Source: Twitter

The original poster also noticed that the jar’s bottom was marked with 192 and 1660. Redditors debated whether the UV tone on the jar was manganese or uranium. Nobody is sure. However, it was generally agreed that this container had previously likely contained some kind of cream or petroleum jelly.

Have You Ever Seen a Candied Pear?

At first glance, this looks like a slice of pineapple. Or perhaps jelly…maybe a type of desert plant. This Redditor was anxious to find out if the object they had found was edible. The only way to find out was to go to the legendary r/whatisthisthing forum.

A jelly-like piece of food covered in markers resembling a pineapple / A pile of prickly pears.
Source: Reddit / Twitter

The item, according to the poster, had a texture similar to gummy candy. And thanks to that information, the Reddit community found out exactly what this is. So, what is it? This is called a candied prickly pear. We really want to know if it tastes good.

Remember to Button Up

If you want to play a game of “what is this thing?” then you should take a trip to Goodwill. Somehow, they always have many strange objects with surprising purposes you never thought of. This person was at the store when they found this strange-looking device.

A hand holding up a buttonhole maker / The bottom view of a buttonhole maker.
Source: Reddit / Pinterest

They had no idea what it was used for. People in the tailoring world or those who are familiar with sewing would probably recognize this item. It is used to add buttonholes to the clothes being sewn and is attached to a sewing machine. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

Perhaps an Ancient Weapon

When you first see this device, you can’t help but imagine some kind of fighting gear by ninjas. Imagine being struck with one of these. Ouch! However, it’s possible that this is all in our heads and has nothing to do with fighting. Fortunately, Reddit can give us some answers.

Four metal knucklebones attached with a string make up a trivet that can be adjusted to match the pot's shape.
Source: Reddit

This is called a trivet. And there’s no connection with martial arts. You put it behind a hot pot to prevent it from touching your counter. You’ll agree that it looks quite complicated. Maybe that’s because it can create distinct shapes that suit your pot or pan.

Could That Be a Wooden Telephone Box?

The original poster found or bought this item in Corbridge, UK. It’s funny because the seller didn’t know what this object was before selling it to the Redditor. The Reddit user also didn’t know, so he posted the weird-looking box on the forum for answers. Luckily, it came instantly.

An old box with a wooden and rusty opening. Along with a metal handle used for lifting.
Source: Reddit

Redditors told the buyer this was an old tinder box used to keep items you might need to start a fire. That’s a cool discovery, huh? We wonder if the Reddit user actually used this antique tinder box on their next camping trip. They’d have to explain to the family.

Discovered on the Roof

This object fell on this finder’s roof, so he placed half a banana beside it to demonstrate just how big it is to fellow Redditors. This huge unidentified object looks like a plane antenna, doesn’t it? But we can’t jump to conclusions when there are Redditors to help out.

A large Tube shaped item on the floor with half a banana placed next to it for scale.
Source: Reddit

The finder was correct to assume it was an antenna, but it wasn’t from an airplane. This antenna is for a home TV. Although they’re commonly used, they don’t usually just fall on someone’s roof out of the blue. We guess that’s the mystery Redditors won’t be able to solve.

An Unknown White Box

Many people discover different random things when they move into a new home. It is the perfect time to find things that the previous owner probably left behind, and you’ll probably find something you’ve never seen before. Just like this mysterious white box. What do you think this is?

An old doorbell chime is hanging on the wall.
Source: Reddit

This Reddit user found the unknown white box on the wall after moving to their new house. They claimed it had a light switch and was seven feet off the ground. The consensus on Reddit was it could be a broken doorbell chime. It sounds likely.

The Weird Key Chain Thing

It’s always the old “antique” items that confuse us the most. Since most of the things people used in the past are no longer needed anymore, we’re usually not familiar with them. These items have vanished from our everyday life. But likewise, new items can also confuse us.

A wearable clipper used for name tags or key cards

This guy’s “weird key chain thing,” came with his new phone case. What could it be? Well, Reddit told the guy this was a wearable item, and you can attach different things to it, like keycards. But we can’t explain why it came with his phone case.

Who Remembers Slap Bracelets?

Those who grew up in the 90s will remember this item clearly. It brings back memories, doesn’t it? Nostalgic. Fashionable. Fun. And…ahhh…yes…painful. This person found the item in their office and had no idea what it was. What could possibly have a rubber texture, curls, and snaps? Reddit knows.

 bright neon yellow slap bracelet / A little girl plays with her
Source: Reddit / Photo by Yvonne Hemsey, Getty Images

It’s a goofy slap bracelet that was fashionable in the 1990s. This bracelet fits your exact size and coils around your wrist. It’s amazing that slap bracelets are still being produced today. There are many vivid colors available in online stores if you want to test one out for yourself.

The Fastest Way to Spill Your Pencils

This person was given this as a present at work, and they had no idea what it was or how to use it. He probably felt too embarrassed to ask his boss, so he went to the internet instead. The guy claimed he had used it as a pencil holder.

A hand holding up a confusing-looking plastic rack / Two remote control racks, one of them empty while the other has four remotes in its holders.
Source: Reddit / Pinterest

But it didn’t work. That’s because it isn’t a pencil holder. Reddit informed him that the plastic piece is used for a particular remote that fits the size of the slots. Why would this person be gifted such a gift without the tool to place in it? We’ll never know.

To Be Used Strictly for Tailoring

The original poster of this image found this strange item in an antique shop and wondered what it was. After opening it, they saw odd-looking spirals that didn’t seem to have any purpose. There was also no instruction except the writing on the label saying, “BX LT.”

A pill-shaped container opened up to reveal dividers intended for a thread.
Source: Reddit

That didn’t help, so they went to Reddit for assistance. Although this might resemble a Russian doll, its actual use is more for tailoring than decoration. Each row of the spiraling rows, which function as dividers, can hold thread around it. This helps you keep things neat and tidy.

Perhaps it’s a Mini Flashlight

At first, this looks like a mini flashlight you’d attach to your keychain, looking cool and a bit functional when it’s really dark. But it’s not. The finder described the item as having a spring inside and rubber flaps underneath the teeth. This picture was to highlight its small size.

A utility lock placed next to a black sharpy for scale.
Source: Reddit

If you’re yet to figure it out, you shouldn’t feel discouraged because this isn’t a common tool. According to Redditors, the unknown item looks like a utility lock and is commonly used when securing big things like installing a cable or something similar. That sounds correct to us.

A 1970s Home Security System

The user who uploaded this photo didn’t know much about the object in question. Only that it was near the front door inside their house. They added that their house was built in the 1970s. Surprisingly, Reddit users were able to identify it, considering how long ago it was.

A golden fixture installed along the floor / A packaged ‘The Door Club’ which is the name brand of the door stopper
Source: Reddit / Pinterest

Redditors said the item was a part of an outdated home security system. It was an antique item that was used to block the door from opening. Our home security systems nowadays have moved past this and are less noticeable. They’re practically invisible and rely on technology.

This Looks Like an Old-Fashioned Macchinetta

The Redditor who posted this item found it in their home. Apparently, it had been passed down in the family, but none of the current family members knew what it was or what it was used for. It looks like a rusty old coffee machine maker from medieval times.

An old rusty lantern.
Source: Reddit

Well, Reddit told us it was something completely different. Apparently, this is a lantern? Can you believe that? It looks nothing like what we now use to light up our room. This kind of lamp gets its fuel from a reaction between water and calcium carbide.

What Should We Do With These Metal Tubes?

Don’t these look like reusable straws a little bit? The person who discovered this must have thought about a million potential uses before giving up and posting it on Reddit. If you don’t already know what it is, then the answer from Reddit users might shock you.

A box of different shaped fabric tubes.
Source: Reddit

Those who sew would probably have identified it immediately. But if you’re not into tailoring, this is a tool you use whenever you’re sewing a fabric tube. For the most part, fabric tubes are needed for manufacturing straps and belts. They’re also used for dolls and other stuffed animals.

A Mysterious Square Block

This deserted building is a real mystery. And that’s mostly due to the huge square block in the room’s center. Was this an indoor pool? Was it used as a baptismal center? Like us, the Reddit user didn’t know and was desperate to find some answers.

An old crumbly room with a large square raised section in the middle / Soldiers and commanders standing around and making a plan on a sand table.
Source: Reddit / Facebook

Redditors found the answer quickly. It turns out this huge, random square in the middle of the room is a sand table. It was once a giant map that people used to plan missions and devise battle plans and strategies. Pretty cool, right? We only see them in movies!

Only for the 5G Users

This high-tech antenna resembles a futuristic, sophisticated light pole. But it’s not that. You shouldn’t feel bad if you can’t recognize the devices in this list. Most of them are new and haven’t been installed in many places yet. The person who found this item tried to figure it out.

A strange-looking device on top of a pole on the street.
Source: Reddit

But he soon gave up and turned to the internet for help. Redditors informed the user that it was likely a cutting-edge antenna designed for users of 5G smartphones. The world is still lagging somewhat in terms of Gs. So, we understand why the finder couldn’t identify it.

The Eraser That Didn’t Remove Mistakes

Most people don’t use pens, pencils, and other stationery as much nowadays. That’s because we now rely on computers, Microsoft Word, and digital notepads to write out ideas down. No wonder this Redditor didn’t know why his pen had a yellow, waxy end to it. We don’t blame him.

A hand holding up a gel highlighter.
Source: Reddit

At first, he thought this was an eraser but quickly ruled it out. Unable to find answers, he resorted to the internet and got his answer almost instantly. It was a gel highlighter. Maybe it didn’t mark the paper properly because it was old and didn’t work anymore.

A Special Type of Microscope

It’s easy to tell this device is a microscope. But it’s a little different from what you might be used to. It obviously doesn’t look like the regular microscope and the Redditor who posted it knew. So, he shared the image and waited for someone to provide an answer.

A man with glasses showing how to use the projection microscope / An old microscope projector that was found.
Source: Reddit / Pinterest

This is a projection microscope used to project the image of something on a wall so others around you can see it. That sounds like it would be useful in classrooms, doesn’t it? Students no longer have to take turns looking through the lens. Everyone can see it at once.

This Looks Like Torture

Is it just us, or there’s something about this that makes it look creepy? Especially now that we have no idea what it is. Imagine you’re hiking in the woods, and you stumble on three logs with chains attached to them. The first thing that comes to mind is torture.

Three logs are standing up next to each other on the side of a walking path. Each log has a short chain attached to it.
Source: Reddit

And death. Fortunately, this item is a far cry from either. It’s possible that the chains on the logs were once attached to a trash can. This would help hikers dispose of their garbage and keep the place neat ad tidy. That’s a good idea, isn’t it? Great for our planet.

A Discovery in the Bed

The person who shared this image found the tiny metal piece in their bed. Of course, they were confused by their strange discovery, so they turned to the Internet to clear any lingering questions. This tiny, random piece is so tiny it’s amazing that someone came up with the answer.

two lose golden aglet and one aglet that has been placed on a shoelace / A hand holding a single aglet made of metal and filled with holes.
Source: Pinterest / Reddit

According to Reddit, this could be an aglet. That’s the piece at the end of your sweater or at the tip of your shoelace. The original poster then assumed maybe it fell when they were sorting out some new clothes they had bought recently. It sounds like Reddit was right. Again.

How Did This Get Into His Car?

The finder of this item must have been baffled when they found it in their car. “GPS”  is printed on the front of this wired device, but the owner told Reddit users that his car doesn’t have a GPS system installed. So just what would this be used for?

A hand removing a car tracker from inside their car.
Source: Reddit

They were told this was a GPS tracker. Perhaps the car’s dealer installed it before selling it to the new owner. We wonder if they cut the cables and threw them away because we don’t think they would end up using it. A bit weird, but what do we know?

An Antique Piece to Churn Better

This strange item looks like it serves no purpose whatsoever. Although it looks decorative, it doesn’t look like something you can use because it seems to be missing a few other parts. The poster was baffled when they found it and went to Reddit for answers.

An old and rusty piece of mechanical equipment photographed from multiple angles.
Source: Reddit

The poster claimed to have discovered this in an old house. Well, the helpful netizens identified the strange item as a piece of antique equipment. According to them, it’s a paddle used to churn better. We would never have thought of that if we had found this item.

A Screwdriver for Ferrari?

The person who posted this item claimed they found it lying on the street. It seemed heavy and valuable, so they picked it up and decided to find out what it was used for. Considering the name Ferrari is on the object, it’s no wonder they believed it was valuable.

A cabinet hinge placed on a table, you can see the ‘Ferrari made in Italy etching on the handles.
Source: Reddit

Surprisingly, this has nothing to do with luxury cars. The Ferrari company on this tool isn’t the popular luxury car company we know. It’s a company that sells cabinets! The internet informed the poster that this tool isn’t exactly fancy. It’s only a cabinet hinge. They must have been disappointed.

Tiny Plastic Yellow Orbs

We wonder what these little yellow balls are. Maybe they’re a new time of egg yolks. Or could they be futuristic tennis balls? We have no idea. And neither did the original poster, who ran to Reddit to help him out. So did his internet friends give him an answer?

Round and yellow pods in a plastic casing / Packaged garbage disposal cleaner
Source: Reddit / Pinterest

As always, Reddit came to the rescue. These little capsules that look like yolks are deodorizers. They’ll help your home smell fresh and clean. You’ll place these capsules in your garbage disposal to keep it from smelling gross and dirty. Sounds like we could use these.

Something Useful for the Carpet

There are different types of floor covering people use. Carpets are many people’s favorites because they’re warm and plush. They’re also great for stairs. But how about carpet-covered pieces of wood? Huh? We’re lost. That’s exactly how the family who found it felt. They found an odd stick.

A wooden plank covered in carpet, matching the carpet on the floor, and attached to the plank is a small handle.
Source: Reddit

And off to Reddit, they went to help them identify it. This long piece of wood was said to be an important tool during carpet placement. This piece of wood is essential for stretching your carpet out on your floor. It’s covered in carpet to protect the walls from damage.

Who Needs That Many Phones?

Can anyone explain why someone would need this many phones? They must be living a quadruple life or be a secret agent with different identities. But they wouldn’t give out clues. That’s why the person who saw the folder went to Reddit to clarify if they were missing something.

A man riding the train has a tray resting on his lap with multiple cell phones attached to it.
Source: Reddit

Well, Reddit clarified that this person wasn’t a special agent. And possibly not living double lives. He’s just a random guy testing out different phones. The Reddit user assumed he was checking the signal on each of those devices while he was in the station or train.

Looks Like an Extinct Game

Card games come in varieties. The rules, card dimensions, shapes, patterns, and languages vary depending on the game. The person who discovered this dinosaur card was ecstatic to learn what country and game it belonged to. So, they asked Reddit to help out. Maybe they could teach their family.

A card of the 2 of hearts with Tyrannosaurs and foreign language covering it.
Source: Reddit

It’s interesting that the writing on the card is more about the dinosaur itself than any card game. The writings are merely facts about this particular reptile, such as its average height and weight. We only wish we could understand the text on the card. Dinosaurs are quite fascinating.

What’s the Purpose of the Lines?

When most of us come across traffic lights, we don’t think too much about it. We either continue, slow down, or stop. But this person stopped their car and, while focusing on the lights, saw thin lines on the light bulbs. And they wondered, “what are the lines for?”

A changing traffic light.
Source: Reddit

According to Reddit users, the lines are “likely at an intersection with non-90-degree angles, and these fins are so that only the people straight in front of it can see the lights, so the people off at an angle don’t mistake the lights as being for them.”

The Beginning of an Apocalypse?

People only get baffled when they find strange-looking things in antique shops. But seeing something fall from the sky is worrying. This needs to be identified immediately. This Reddit poster uploaded this image and said they usually see things fall from the sky near where they live.

A falling flare coming down over a highway.
Source: Reddit

Before you think we are under alien attack or have extraterrestrial thoughts, this wasn’t the case. The picture was taken close to a military base, so these smokey lines aren’t UFO-related. The answer is pretty obvious. A pilot could’ve fired off a flare or something. It’s a military base.

The Mysterious Metal Snaps

This person was given a comfortable, patterned blanket to snuggle with but was baffled when he saw the metal snaps attached to it. Unable to ask the person who gave him, he took a picture and shared it with his Reddit friends if someone had answers.

A close-up of the snaps found on the blanket.
Source: Reddit

It took almost a year. But they finally learned that the blanket was an early version of a Snuggie, a wearable blanket that covers you from head to toe. We guess the sheep on the snaps are likely just a logo. Demystified! Time to snuggle and get comfy.

Maybe You Shouldn’t Be Here

This weird sign is unsettling. But perhaps the most disturbing part is that the person who shared it online said it was just outside their daughter’s preschool. Of all places that this could be, a kid’s school seems inappropriate to put up such a bizarre-looking sign.

A warning sign is hanging in a window showing a silhouette seemingly crumbling from the inside.
Source: Reddit

This is clearly a warning sign, but what are we being warned of? Are there rogue snipers around? Redditors said it’s a “health hazard” sign. We don’t think that would make the poster feel better. No one wants to send their kids to a school that’s next to this sign.

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