I found this in the sand in Australia. It’s slow moving and floats in water.
A: This is a Blue Dragon sea slug. Be very careful, as it can sting you. And try to put it back where you found it.
I found this thing in the forest.
A: This is a stinkhorn egg
I found this in a drawer when clearing out a bunch of old junk.
A: This is a holder for a leg of lamb.
I found this ring while doing some work in the garden. I cleaned it and saw that it doesn’t look like an ordinary ring.
A: This is a mourning ring. The initials belong to the lost loved one.
Long list of things that this is NOT – but no idea what it is.
A: It’s a type of whisk used in South America called a Molinillo. My grandparents have one just like the one you’re showing.
What is this heavy metal object? Symmetrical, intricate design, probably quite old
A: Tibetan Buddhist ritual sceptre. It’s called a dorje.
Antique, heavy, metal, has a hinge on top
A: Shutter dogs, it is for keeping window shutters open.
What is this / when is this from?
A: It is a “wheel hoe” also known as a cultivator. They have been in common use for the last hundred years or so.
About the size of a ping pong ball, hollow like one too. Found in the woods of western PA.
A: Oak apple wasp gall
We found it cleaning my mother-in-law’s house, and we are clueless as to what this is. It seems like it opens, but I can’t figure out how.
A: This is a Polaroid SX-70 camera.
On the rain downspout in Prague
A: This is an art installation created by the sculptor, David Černý, called Embryo.
I found this inside a shoe I haven’t worn in a while. What is it?
A: These are Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon seeds.
The hole gets smaller when I squeeze it. I found this device in the kitchen at my parents’ house.
A: This is a device that is used to strip corn on the cob.
My grandmother passed away, and we were going through her memories. She stole this from Paris.
A: This as an antique ball used to play pétanque. You can find the rules here.
Found this in my aunt’s treasure collection. It seems like it has something heavy and metal inside.
A: This is a special tracker pebble used to measure sea currents. People mark it with a number, bury it in a specific place, and then eventually look for it with a metal detector.
I found at a sale. No one there knew anything about its origin.
A: It’s likely to be a gris-gris talisman. It’s a Voodoo amulet that is used to protect its owner from evil magic.
My neighbors have placed this on their wall facing into our garden. It looks like a mix between a camera and a speaker.
A: This is an animal repeller.
My friend found this thing on the beach in New York.
A: This is a part of a tooth plate of a ray.
I found this in a coffeeshop. What is this game? How do you play it?
A: This is a board game called Mancala. You can read about the rules here.
I found these in an envelope taped to the wall behind the refrigerator in my apartment. I live in South Korea.
A: This is a local good luck talisman that helps people to sell their house quicker.
Our landlord found this thing in the basement. Heavy metal. Google has no answers.
A: This is a very old soldering iron. The end you are holding is the head, and it’s usually made of copper. The other end would normally have a wooden handle.