20 Mysterious Things the Internet Detectives Helped Identify

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2 years ago

Sometimes we find weird things here and there and don’t really know what to do with them. Some people have encountered a piece of fabric attached to the pavement with 2 bolts, and others thought actual gold could be collected with their water filter. In any case, once something mysterious appears in your life, it’s better to seek advice from detectives on the Internet.

We at Now I’ve Seen Everything want to share 20+ successfully solved cases with you.

“Is this gold inside my activated carbon under-counter water filter?”

“I’m waiting for the bank to open and they have this card facing the street. What is it used for?”

  • It’s a safety signal. We switch ours quarterly and it is to let other employees know that it is all clear to open. Typically, we have 2 employees “open” the branch while the rest wait in the parking lot or across the street for the “all clear.” The openers go in, turn off the alarm, search the building and check everything, then set the signal. © peebs1284 / Reddit

“It used to be used in World War I, but we’ve got no clue what it was meant for.”

  • It’s a curette, a medical instrument used for scraping away tissue (like removing certain skin lesions or dead tissue from a wound). © malted_barley_flour / Reddit

“Found this in a garden — a metallic object that closes in on itself.”

  • It’s a Hindu ritual box. It’s missing the middle piece that would sit in that central hole. This is used to store turmeric and other colorful powders that we shower over the deity’s idol. © lmaoooooaf / Reddit

“Husband has this in his collection but I have no idea what its intended purpose is other than being an axe.”

“What is this V-shaped scoring found on the tree?”

  • That’s an old way to collect sap to make turpentine. It’s called “cat face.” © TomBug68 / Reddit

“Turns out the hole in the center of this ceramic crab is a water inlet. This device was used in calligraphy in the seventeenth century.”

“Water was poured into it and then the water was dripped from the nose on a dry dye to get ink.”

“Saw it on the pavement (sidewalk) in London. It looks like a piece of fabric between 2 bolts stuck to the pavement.”

“It might seem like a Tyrannosaurus tooth. But, in fact, it’s just petrified coral.”

“Moving into a new apartment and found this on the wall. It seems like a plastic plate that’s just hollow inside the opening. What could this be for?”

“This is a plastic-like, circular object (3 cm) made of ’cells’ (as in beehives). Found on several beaches in Sardinia (Italy).”

“Found this in an old house built in 1914 — the little gold pins spin if you pull the red cord through.”

“What is this small rubber thing I found in my throat when I coughed up a loogie after I woke up this morning? Earring for scale.”

“A ceramic frog statue? Maybe it’s an incense burner?”

“This find is 100 years old. What could it be?”

“This thing that looks like a head massager is actually a cocktail stick. Ladies used to use small whisks to degas carbonated drinks.”

“What is this small round object poking out of the wheel arch of this city bus? I’ve not seen it on any other busses.”

“This is a solid metal Egyptian-looking scarab. It has hieroglyphs on the underside and is fairly heavy for its size.”

“6 inches tall, 4 inches wide, and it feels metal-ish.”

“What is this piece of seemingly old tech?”

Have you ever found something that left you feeling confused?

Preview photo credit european_impostor / Reddit


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