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Leah Berenson
Leah Berenson
April 10, 2024 ·  6 min read

People Are Asking for Help in Identifying Strange Objects, and Some of Them Are Plain Weird

Although not everything that can be found on the internet is true, it’s still an excellent place for people to turn for a frame of reference. For example, there is a subreddit for almost anything you can think of, including those seeking advice on numerous strange objects. Here are ten weird things that left people stumped.

1. Strange Objects at the Beach

Two pictures side by side of a man holding a strange object. Sand, fingers, and feet in the background.
Photo Credit:  OpenMagazine8906 | Reddit

A few years ago, this bizarre glass-like tube was found at Nags Beach in North Carolina. As a result, the person who found it asked Reddit for some help in solving the mystery of the strange object. It was suggested to be stingray teeth. It was also explained that stingrays, much like many other beings, lose their teeth, and new teeth grow back in their place. While that seems the most likely, people were incredibly taken aback. “I never knew this! I’m today years old, and never thought stingrays have “teeth”.” Commented one user. Meanwhile, another was more concerned about the OP’s bravery. “Freaks me out that you would put your finger in it.. shudder,” they wrote.

2. Strange Objects Can Be Useful

A strange object shaped like a box, on a dock and wrapped in plastic netting.
Photo Credit: LardLad00 | Reddit

The image above was shared by someone who’d recently purchased a lake home. They found three strange objects, described as a “Criss-Cross Stack of Corrugated Pipes.” The pipes were wrapped in plastic netting and then weighed down using bricks. The strange objects are known as fish cribs and serve two primary purposes. First, they give baby fish a place to hide from predators. Second, they attract lunkers, or large fish, hoping to prey on smaller fish.

3. Strange Objects can be Lethal

Toxic Fuzzy Mold growing from the corner between two different building materials.
Photo Credit: u/eag118 | Reddit

This fuzzy-looking thing was posted by another Reddit user, who was left baffled by its growth in their home. Although it looks like something right out of a children’s story, it’s actually much more sinister. Evidently, this growth was an incredibly toxic form of mold. However, this hasn’t been confirmed.

Years ago, when my daughter was a newborn and upstairs apartment also had a newborn and they were constantly sick. Long story short, the upstairs baby boy passed away from a toxic mold [just like that which grew in the vents.] The coroner said if a healthy body builder huge man touched a piece of that mold it’s 9/10 fatal.” Commented a user who urged the OP to cleanse their lungs and contact their doctor. Fortunately, the OP did follow up to explain that it was indeed mold, that the landlord had taken care of it, and that there have been no other concerns since.

4. Sunshine in a Sphere

Glass sphere between metal with a computer monitor and a window in the background.
Photo Credit: Jolly-Challenge-3924 | Reddit

Apparently, this strange, yet beautiful, object is called a Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder. It works by burning a “track” on a card to show the hours, and how brightly the sun shone.

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5. Potentially Harmful, Definitely Repulsive

Hand holding a lid with ice cube attached.
Photo Credit: u/BuddyBloomfield | Reddit

The response to this inquiry is both unappealing and enough to make one rethink dining out, especially at fast food chains or gas stations. Someone thoroughly explained that they’d previously cleaned and serviced food and beverage machines professionally. As such, they had a lot to say. Firstly, according to the comment, “the majority of restaurants and gas stations don’t clean their ice machines very often.” They “highly recommended” the OP should avoid consuming the ice. Lastly, they note that a clear slime from an ice machine indicates it’s recently been cleaned. However, the slime will turn pink and eventually black over time. This experience proves that avoiding strange objects can often be the best decision.

6. Torture Device or Confectioner’s Dream

Metal handle with screws for spinning sugar.
Photo Credit: u/maybetwobabka | Reddit

Although this might seem like a torture device, or a home improvement tool of some sort, it’s actually almost the opposite. Instead, it’s a tool for creating happiness, making spun sugar.

7. Seemingly Mystical Strange Objects

A factory chimney, some power lines, and the tops of a few trees, and sky in the background.
Photo Credit:SpriteUnicorn | Reddit

As it turns out, the answer to this corundum is not only not as exciting as the notions of a fairy tale but also potentially hazardous. One user explained that the purple smoke coming from the chimney actually happens when “rubbish” that contains high amounts of iodine is burnt.

8. Strange Objects Resemble Machines of the Past

Photo Credit: Choesr | Reddit

This seemingly old machine is described by the OP as a “Black steel briefcase, with the motor.” They explained that the strange object had “some kind of infeed control” and an electrical connection. Next, they also estimate it weighs around 30 pounds. Interestingly, an old key cutter was a common answer. “Could be an old key cutter but don’t know for sure.” One commentor shared. While another agreed, “portable key-cutter. Yeah, I’m thinking that the bit at the top left is the bracket that holds the keys. It gets moved to the post at the bottom right.

However, a tool that would help polish other tools was also suggested. “The spinning wheel is a polishing disk; the hole is for a stick of polishing compound. The tool rest in the upper left comes off and slides onto the post to the right of the wheel. The adjustment is a very fine adjustment for the angle of the wheel,” one user explained. Another thought the same, offering a more thorough explanation,“Agreed; the jig holding the carbide lathe bit definitely mounts onto the post to the right of the small spinning wheel and allows achieving the very precise combinations of angles needed to form the correct tool bit geometry.” They commented, explaining that the tool was probably from the 40s or 50s.

9. Spoons can be Strange Objects too

Hand holding strange object that appears to be a spoon. Stone rectangles in the background.
Photo Credit: BlackTailedPikachu | Reddit

Although the OP had some say that this strange object was a spoon, they were puzzled about why it had a jagged edge. There were several suggested reasons like it’s a “cucumber server,” “berry spoon,” or “seafood spoon.” While the answers are seemingly divided, one thing is unanimous, it relates to food in some way. According to Ebay, it’s a Vintage Rogers & Hamilton Cucumber Server.

10. Mysterious and Practical

Wooden box with metal casing and spout. Feet and a plant in the background.
Photo Credit: Strwbrrybby | Reddit

Someone else turned to Reddit’s expertise in search of an answer regarding this strange object owned by the OP’s grandmother. She shares that although her grandmother doesn’t know what it is, she does know “it’s older than her.” Apparently, the box was owned by the OP’s great-great-grandmother. Although she used it for dog food, someone thoughtfully commented the item is most likely a stock dispenser that was once used to store dry goods like coffee, beans, or grains. “Dog food? Sure, why not. I’d probably wash it out before you fill it with coffee, though.” They concluded in response to the OP’s question.

Unsurprisingly, the world is full of mysterious and strange objects. Luckily, Reddit is there to help us out.

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