Here are 70 people who had no idea what they were looking at but the internet knew right away.
These people took to the internet to try and find out what it is they were holding, looking at, or buying – not only did get their answer, they got a lot of interesting, funny, and cool information too!
#1 “I found this ring in my backyard while doing gardening. After cleaning it, it doesn’t look like a normal ring. Any ideas ?”
“It’s a Georgian/early Victorian mourning ring. The initials belong to the lost loved one.
They were typically made from gold (18k+) and enameled in black. Yours looks like it was made around 1820s-40s.”
#2 Found in Myrtle Beach, S.C. What the heck is this thing?
“That’s a broken megalodon tooth. Great find!”
What an incredible discovery!
#3 “This weird wrapped car. The lights were wrapped in cloth. Serial numbers all around. Anything significant or just tacky?”
“It obscures the car while being test driven, so the yet-to-be-released models are not photographed and published. The random “wave” patterns effectively hide the body contours and lines.”
#4 “A ruler + letter opener + ? What is the use of these numbered buttons?”
“To weigh a letter you clip the letter to the opener, then you hold the bead and if it is balanced that is how much the letter weighs.”
I’ve never seen one of these things, have you?
#5 “What is this big hole that is usually found on milk cartons?”
“It’s a pressure relief hole. If you dropped it, instead of exploding, the hole would pop out.”
Thank goodness for smart people out there.
#6 “Scanning family slides from 1964 – this was over my parent’s house in Texas. What is it?”
“It’s a residue of a rocket launch. It’s called Twilight effect. It was done right at sunset so the sun lit the vapor/exhaust trail from underneath.”
Gorgeous! It looks like the Northern Lights.
#7 “Saw this cat in texas first thought it was a domestic cat but when we got closer that seemed less likely…”
“Black bobcat. Call tpwd if critters suddenly come up missing but they’re really solitary critters and will move on. They aren’t something to approach.”
Yikes! Keep your distance from this kitty cat.
#8 “Found this small kettle years ago. Tried searching for a similar one but have always come up with nothing. Anybody have an idea why this has this unique shape? Wallet for scale.”
“It’s a portable men’s urinal for bedbound patients. It is used to pee when you cannot get out of bed.”
You might not want to make your tea with this “kettle.”
#9 “What is this random structure I found in the middle of the forest?”
“Looks to me like a ww2 one man bomb shelter. Similar one here: https://www.tracesofwar.com/upload/3917101027181156.JPG”
Isn’t history cool? And you might not even know you’re looking right at it!
#10 “In a multi storey car park. Is it a passage for rats? There are also small holes in the floor and ceiling with a tiny ladder connecting them.”
“Secret Industry by John Pym: The stairwells and lift lobbies of multistorey car parks are not usually areas where people pause to admire the architecture, so John Pym used this to his advantage. The model walkways and ladders replicate their full-scale counterparts and are a playful way of suggesting an alternative, unseen service industry at work within the building. Superficially mundane, some people may use the car park for years without being aware of their presence, while others will notice straightaway. The artist sees it as a reward for those who look more closely at their surroundings.”
#11 “Found in my aunts “treasure” collection. Seems like a heavy metal weight inside. What is it?”
“This is not sea glass but a hard resin ‘tracker pebble’ used along this piece of coast to track longhore drift. The pebbles have a serial number, are buried in a location and then refound further down the coast in the shingle by metal detector. The metal coil is included for this reason.”
Just another reason to want to own a metal detector.
#12 “What does the color-coding mean on this clock in an assisted living facility?”
“It’s used for bedsore prevention. You would refer to the two hour intervals as a turning schedule.”
Isn’t it crazy the things we don’t think or know about? This is definitely one of them. Thank you to our caregivers!
#13 “This just trundled across the road in front of me, zoomed down the sidewalk before I could get a better look at it. Spotted in Melbourne Australia. What is it?”
“It’s an automated delivery, possibly for food.”
We don’t know whether to jump up and down for joy or hide in our house and never come out. The future is here.
#14 “What is the purpose of this mirrors? I came across them in Trosa, Sweden, near the river. They are on almost every house.”
“In Denmark they are called a “gadespejl” It is an old invention, basically a mirror that made it possible to view the street from the comfort of your couch.”
We appreciate the ingenuity of this simple little trick.
#15 “Noticed this weird urinal in a brauhaus bathroom in Cologne Germany. What is it?”
“It’s called a Papst (german for Pope). It’s for puking.”
Is puking in public a common thing in Germany? We’re concerned.
#16 “What is this fish with strange writing?”
“The Lucky Iron Fish. I recall hearing that iron deficiency was a serious problem in developing countries due to improper diets that consisted of mostly pastas and rice, which are a poor source of iron.
The solution was to boil chunks of iron with food to increase the iron content but many were skeptical and hesitant to cook with chunks of metal in their food. The iron was shaped into a ‘lucky fish’ that would provided addition health benefits when you boiled water with the fish in it.”
#17 “All-wood things seen with someone’s trash set out for pickup, about 1 foot high. What is it?”
“We call em bee hotels, like many people already mentioned, it is for ‘solitary’ bees (solitary because they don’t love/work/do in hives, but clearly, they live close to one another in this setting) although it can also attract many other animals. These things help the ecosystem”
Everyone should have a bee hotel in their yard!
#18 “What is this paintball gun looking thing being used my police in a real life drug raid?”
“Pepper Spray Paint Ball gun. Technically it is a paintball gun, however the paintballs it fires have pepper spray powder inside of them. It’s less than lethal defense.”
That seems much, much worse than a paintball. Much worse.
#19 “It’s been submerged in water for years near a creek where I live. Can’t google because I don’t know where to start. What is it?”
“The Quester, the private submarine built to salvage the Andrea Doria, now in need of salvage itself.”
Aren’t internet sleuths amazing? They can pretty much find out anything!
#20 “20 years of research and reddit is my last hope!”
“The Black Drum fish fossils. The Black Drum had a short deep body with a high arched back, but a flattish belly. The jaw teeth were small and pointed, but the throat was armed with large, flat, pavement-like teeth with which the drum crushed shellfish, for food. This characteristic separates it from the weakfish and the king fish.”
We want to see what this thing looked like alive!
#21 “We had a party the other night and found this on the kitchen counter in the morning. It has white powder in it and the cap just comes off, it’s not secured in any way. Bottle cap for size reference.”
“It’s a refill container for a marking tool used in sewing. The tool dispenses a fine line of powdered chalk when drawn across fabric. They come in several colors.”
Let’s just hope that’s really powdered chalk inside. You know…after the “party.”
#22 “Bit into a McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with a Cheese and noticed a chemically flavor. Opened it up and saw this. What is this!?”
“Former employee, it’s more than likely from their gloves they use to put the meat on the grill.”
You’ll probably want to do your own quality check before you bite into your next fast food burger.
#23 “Found under a bed. What is this thing?”
“Small scale meth making device.”
This is so wrong on so many levels. And who’s bed was this found under?! We have so many questions.
#24 “This was found by a cleaner hidden under my dresser in my bedroom (she told me very discreetly about this which has me concerned), I’ve tried to google it to no avail.”
“Voice recorder, doesn’t transmit using wireless though so whoever placed this thing there will be back. If this was on your home chances are there are cameras as well.
I would call somebody (if you don’t know how to find this kind of stuff) to look throughly, lamps, beds, sofas, walls pretty much everything. Also call the cops.”
Well, if that’s not super creepy, we don’t know what is!
#25 “I saw this in my yard. Is this just a type of worm? Or is there a parasite on it? (I saw it breathing/have some sort of heartbeat, so it’s alive)”
“That’s two worms making more worms.”
Maybe there are just some answers to questions that you just don’t ever want to know or see.
#26 “4in by 4in scissors. Uncomfortable to hold, in either hand, two or four fingers.”
“They’re childrens’ training scissors. Like for pre-schoolers. The extra holes are so a grown-up can co-scissor and help the kid.”
Why did we stop using and making these? Did they not help little kids? Some things are just a mystery.
#27 “Found in my dads room, really hoping its not a sex thing.”
“It goes over shoes to give grip on ice. They are called yak tracks.”
This person is seriously relieved.
#28 “Looks suspicious but has several interchangeable sized tips and appears to have a purpose. What is this for?”
“It’s a snowman kit.”
Sometimes? The answer is about as simple as you can get. Looks like it’s missing the pipe!
#29 “This purple sky in Southern California seen at 1:30am and lasted for only about 5 minutes before fading away.”
“The glow is related to a commercial cannabis growing operation. That’s the color of grow lights.”
Looks like you don’t even need to smoke the stuff to think you’re seeing things.
#30 “My friend just moved in to a new flat and this is her neighbours garden. What is this thing?
“A voodoo altar.”
Alrighty, then. Maybe your friend should consider either moving or getting on the good side of this neighbor.
#31 “Silver capsule camouflaged inside a wooden container hanging in a tree in a public park. What is this thing?”
“It’s a geocache. Judging by the size, it’ll likely only have a list inside for people to sign that they found it. Cleverly hidden though!”
Seeing this cool little thing makes me want to start going out and geocaching!
#32 “Found this while beach combing in the Olympic Peninsula. I’ve never seen anything like it. What is it?”
Woah! Now, that’s something you aren’t likely to see ever in your lifetime. What a cool beach find.
#33 “Took this picture from my airplane window on trip from DC to Las Vegas. Any idea what it is?”
“It’s a mineral mine. It’s the world’s largest lithium deposit.”
There are some strange things going on in the state of Nevada.
#34 “What is this signs purpose?”
“It means do not scare the flamingos. Many people would cross that sign to scare them so that they could fly and get a picture.”
How would anyone understand that’s what it means? There should be some text.
#35 “What is the purpose of this chain?”
“It is a rain chain, an alternative for traditional downspout of a gutter system.”
What if you attached some small bells to it? It could make a lovely sound when it rains!
#36 “What is this weird half truck and why is it pushing a flatbed trailer? Is there any sort of advantage of pushing rather than pulling it?”
“Float Plane Mover. This truck’s job is to move planes up and down a boat ramp into the water. Backing up an ordinary truck+trailer combo down a boat ramp is not easy. With this vehicle, the driver can look straight forward down the ramp rather than in his rear-view mirror, and since the steering wheels are at the back it’s easy to align the truck’s bed with the plane. Most trucks only load at a boat ramp once in a while, since this one does only that, it makes sense to design it specifically for that job.”
#37 “My mother left bleach in her sink for about a week while we left on vacation, and we came back to this. Is it mold?”
“Science. The bleach oxidized the metal parts of your sink.”
So, now you might want to bleach the bleach out of your sink.
#38 “What are these perfect sets of beach holes? Flip flop for scale.”
“These are the the remnants of a scientific clam survey.”
Thank goodness someone knew otherwise I would have definitely thought it was aliens.
#39 “What are these blue tubes that I keep seeing in Berlin?”
“To transfer groundwater to rivers because of the water level. Since the early 1990’s the groundwater level in Berlin has been rising. Due to lower water consumption the abstraction of groundwater has diminished and the city now has to cope with an extraordinary high level of groundwater.”
#40 “Falling out of the sky? What is this thing?”
“Contrails from a passenger plane. Being close to sunset, the vapor clouds are taking on the same color as any other cloud would have under the same late-day sun.”
It looks like a meteor falling from the sky! We’re glad to hear that it’s not.