“Driving through Erie PA. Weird circle in the sky. Lots of folks pulled over taking pics of it.”
"A smoke ring blown from a transformer
. It’s caused by the rotation motion of the smoke from the cylindrical jacket on the transformer."
“I bit into a carrot and this white thing was exposed.”
"A carrot in its second year of growth. The second-year growth of a carrot makes the center of it woody."
“What is this thing my mom found, it’s about 15 inches long and has wood, embroidery floss, wire, and maybe grass... and seems vintage.”
"It’s a fan. You hold the curved handle and the fan goes up your forearm toward the inside of your elbow. "
“My friend found this scaffold-like structure on a trip.”
"It is a 3D maze. Used in a kid’s camp or other outdoor activity club (Paintball, Airsoft, Trekking, etc.) "
“Found in my fiancé’s backyard, it’s been sitting there since the ’90s.”
"It’s a 490-liter aircraft drop tank used on the MiG-21. "
“What kinds of fossils are these? Found in the ’60s on a farm in Texas.”
A branched marine “animals” called Crinoids.
“My parents have had this hanging on their wall for years, it’s like a French-to-English abacus.”
"It is an abacus for learning English vocabulary/grammar that French people hang in their classrooms or rooms at home. "
“Found this in Grandpa’s box of old things. Might be from Asia because of the third eye?”
"This was part of a set
of premiums for malted milk. Very cool, but not very exotic. "
“I was always weirded out by this statue. Found in a house with other goat statues throughout.”
"An art piece by Frank Fleming."
“I found this by the coast, in one of the boulders. If you shine a light inside this goes on for quite a bit.”
"This is a borehole with live limpets
inside that is used for quarrying the rocks to prevent erosion."
“I found this complex in the middle of the Indian Ocean when exploring Google Maps.”
"This appears to be multiple artificial islands in the South China Sea, constructed by the Chinese Navy, that are similar to some of the smaller ones they’ve created."
“Found these clear, tube-like jelly things on the beach.”
"They are squid eggs
. These are usually at the bottom of the seafloor, but in this case, they were washed up on the side of the beach. "
“This bundle of white and purple bulbs emerged from the underground in my garden in Denver today.”
"They’re a type of sac fungus called Stinkhorn fungi. "
“I inherited this from my grandpa. It probably belonged to my great-grandpa. What are the tools used for?”
"It’s a vintage drafting kit. "
“Metal balls, with a slit cut in them, hanging from a concrete barn wall.”
"This is a counterweight
. It is usually used to back up heavy loads. "
“Found this hanging in our old house.”
"It’s an Éliphas Lévi’s
pentagram symbol of the microcosm or human being. "
“What is this thing in a lake in Ohio? It drains into a big pipe at the bottom of a hill.”
"Overflow control mechanism or a Spillway
. It is also the most important safety feature of the reservoir. "
“This is attached to a dolly pointed into my parent’s neighbor’s yard and sounds a very loud alarm twice a day for 10 minutes. What is it?”
"A vibrating horn (maybe 874 series) made by Edwards Signaling
. These types of horns are usually used in an individual setting where ambient noise is high."
“I started to peel and separate this orange into segments when I found this inside. What is it?”
"A second growth of orange inside the first one that began to decompose. "
“It’s upside down. The funnel goes up. It is an herb grinder.”
“It is for cleaning chaff from blueberries and other berries. A vacuum cleaner plugs into the top port. A bucket goes underneath. Turn on the vacuum and pour your berries, stems and leaves in the funnel. The berries go down but the leaves and stems get sucked into the vacuum.”
“Look like husking tools for corn.”
“It’s called a rotary switch”