Internet Always Knows! (25 PICS)

Posted in INTERESTING       7 Aug 2020       7496       10

“Found this hidden in the ceiling of my basement with a bunch of others. It’s made out of glass, appears to have some sort of tape or paper border around it.”

1 Internet Always Knows!

A: "Nice find! It’s a magic lantern glass slide."

"Magical lanterns are optical viewing devices that date back to the 17th century, and the earliest slides were hand-painted."


“It’s been in my family garage for years. Is it a type of nut?”

2 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It’s a seed pod from an Australian Banksia shrub." 

"These seed pods are actually the fruits of the tree, and they’re often used for woodturning crafts."


“Found this washed up on a beach in Massachusetts. It’s wooden and looks handcrafted... Maybe a piece of a chair?”

3 Internet Always Knows!

A: "Wow! It looks like a Davis quadrant or a backstaff, a navigational instrument that is the predecessor of the sextant." 


“Got this as a prize in a Christmas cracker with no instructions, just a few sharp hooks?”

4 Internet Always Knows!

A: "That’s a needle threader." 

"You can see how automatic needle threaders work in this video."


“Found it in a middle school, it has 4 padded rollers. The blue and red rollers swing out and tension is adjusted by the bungie cords. What is this thing?”

5 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It’s a squeeze machine for children with autism." 

"This steam roller is designed to provide pressure that children with neurological processing disorders need. Children are supposed to crawl between the rollers and experience this pressure."


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“What is this stabby thing on wheels?”

6 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It’s for weeding cracks and crevices." 

"This garden tool will help you get rid of weeds growing from cracks and other narrow spaces."


“Found this thing on the beach. It’s solid and smells like seaweed, what is it?”

7 Internet Always Knows!

A: "Codium bursa is a medium-sized green marine algae." 

"This algae can grow up to 30 cm across. It consists of loosely packed filaments that form ball-shaped structures."


“Small terra-cotta turtle purchased at a garden center. What’s it meant to be used for?”

8 Internet Always Knows!

A: "Looks like a plant stand. You put 3 or 4 under a pot to allow for drainage." 

"Here are some similar turtle-shaped pot stands made of resin."


“What is this glass within a glass?”

9 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It’s an old glass for seafood, you put ice chips inside to keep the food cold."


“A silver utensil. When you press the button on one end the grips open.”

10 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It’s a sugar cube holder (tongs ).


“I got a bag containing 6 of these. What are they?”

11 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It’s a Rose of Jericho , or Resurrection Plant." 

"This plant can stay dry for many years and come alive in all its glory when coming into contact with water."


“The hole gets smaller when I squeeze it. Found it in the kitchen at my parents’ house. What do I use it for?”

12 Internet Always Knows!

A: "This tool is used to strip corn on the cob." 


“IKEA coffee mug, what is the thing at the bottom?”

13 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It’s a “draining gate.”" 

"These drainage gates don’t let water accumulate when the mug is placed upside down in the dishwasher."


“Found this second hand, it opens up. It’s made of metal. What is it?”

14 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It’s an egg basket." 

"This is an antique egg basket made of wire."


"Found on the shoreline of a beach in the Scottish Isles. They were scattered, not in one area. Feel like glass, one clear and the rest black. The one that has a line has equal lines all the way around."

15 Internet Always Knows!

A: "Pretty sure the black ones are carbon rods from batteries. They are a quite common find while beachcombing."

"Bunch of wooden spikes, no numbers or word of them?"
16 Internet Always Knows!

A: "They're splicing fids for splicing ropes together. You drive the spike between the strands of the rope so you can fit a strand of a different rope through."


"A friend and I found this structure behind a Petsmart and it seems to have been here longer than any of the buildings in the area. What was it used for?"

17 Internet Always Knows!

A: "Those are some serious I-beams. This thing was built stronger than a house, so there's no way it was a simple greenhouse. The pulley and second story make me think something like a barn loft was up there."


"WITT A small, round steel ball found in the ground outside my house in Oxford"

18 Internet Always Knows!

A: "Steel and Iron balls like this is used in mining and material processing to grind up rocks into smaller rocks."


"Big Antique German Chest. Apparently it’s been in my family for generations. Made from dark black wood and ivory. The panels are etched and decorated. Inside are numerous drawers. The chest contains a bunch of very old books, the oldest from the 1690s. What is this thing?"

19 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It looks like a contenential tourist chest/cabinet used for showing off little treasures."

"Found on a beach near small fishing community. White plastic hard foam ring, attached to three stainless steel claws of mathcing lengths."

20 Internet Always Knows!

A: "Maybe for pulling in nets? Grip the ring use the little metal 'fingers' to grab and pull in the nets without hurting your fingers."


"Bought at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul 20 years ago. Colorful wooden contraption that has individual wooden spindles comprising 2 wheels that spin when the handle is turned"

21 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It's a spinning wheel for spinning yarn."

"WITT? Found at a garage sale! 5 inches long. Heavy lead like material molded and peened all over the outer surface! “Pat. Aug 5 1902” engraved in small barely visible print on backside."

22 Internet Always Knows!

A: "This is one part of a "Flower Support or Holder" for making decorative flower arrangements. The patent description says that this specific component would be "cast of lead or other suitable metal"."


"Previous Tenant left it in the freezer"

23 Internet Always Knows!

A: "Wine chiller. Marble, maybe? Looks like a nice one"


"Two small rings held together by a thin chain or wire. Found while camping in the mountains."

24 Internet Always Knows!

A: "It's a wire saw"

"Found in Western North Carolina on a beach alongside the Tuckaseegee River! It’s about 4 or 5 pounds, partially hollow with a threaded inside, has a small 14 etched on the side of it, and is very sharp! What is this thing??"

25 Internet Always Knows!

A: "That is a plumb bob. Looks like this one"



Lenny 7 month s ago
Picture 15
Gwen 7 month s ago


You're welcome.
Mima 7 month s ago
I love these types of posts!
Elijah 7 month s ago
#19 Contenential?

Centennial? Continental?
Olivia 6 month s ago

From "The" Continent.
Like Continental manners would include not making a big deal out of someone's typo.


In surgery, we call them Gigli.
Gwen 7 month s ago
#6 There's a toilet paper shortage, that thing can be repurposed.

If you're brave enough.
Pamela 7 month s ago
#14 - seems to be a very old salad dryer basket - you clean salad, put the leaves inside and shake (outside the room) to dry it.
Syl 7 month s ago
#10 We used ours for serving olives. Keeps fingers out of the bowl!
Gretchen 7 month s ago
#24 very common tool, kilroy was here
Pres 6 month s ago
#6 this is obviously a cat-cariër. just adjust it to the size of your cat, screw tight and walk away without trouble



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