Say you find a coin. Say you have no idea if it’s worth a million dollars or less than the leaf of grass you picked it up from. What should you do? Take a picture of it and post it on a subreddit called “What Is This Thing?” And it goes not just for coins. This community easily identifies missiles, slugs, nipple pumps; pretty much any thing they lay their eyes on. The subreddit is home to over 894,000 members and the number is constantly growing as well. Continue scrolling to broaden your horizons and upvote your favorite entries!
What Might This Key Be For? It Separates When Squeezed
It’s for smoking the leftover end of a marijuana cigarette when the fire is too close for you to be able to hold it (called a roach) without burning your fingers. Used by people that don’t put their roaches in pipes to smoke them or just throw them away. Devices such as this are much easier to handle than two pennies, chopsticks, or personal care tweezers, and don’t draw attention like non-medical personnel possessing hemostats, or the classic alligator clip with residue from the roach. This simple key-like device will have any residue rubbed off in the pocket of the user and can be camouflaged on the user’s keychain. Ingenious invention.
My Favorite Uncle Hasn’t Been Able To Speak Or Write In A Few Years. His Daughter Has This Display In Her House, But They Don’t Know What The Army Medals Are For. Can Reddit Help Identify Them? I’ve Tried To Number Each One And Use A Column/Row For The Bars.
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1 – Korea, 4th Army shoulder patch
2 & 3 – collar devices for all Army enlisted (can’t tell if 3 is for Infantry or Cavalry; I suspect Infantry)
4 – WW2, 8th Army shoulder patch
5 – WW2, 8th Army pin
6a – Korea Service ribbon
6b – ?
6c – Bronze Star ribbon (goes with #14)
7a – National Defense Service Ribbon w/2 stars (goes with #10)
7b – Good Conduct (goes with #13)
7c – Looks like a Presidental Unit Citation Commemorative Medal (unofficial medal)
8a – United Nations Korea Service (goes with #11)
8b – Korea Presidential Unit Citation
8c – Bronze Star
9 – Korea Service Medal
10 – National Defense Service Medal
11 – U.N. Korea Service Medal
13 – Army Good Conduct Medal
14 – Bronze Star
15 – Corporal’s Stripes
6b & 12 don’t appear on any official chart of medals and ribbons, so they are either commemorative decorations, or those of a foreign government.
There is an order or display, such that the Bronze Star ribbons would be placed above most – if not all – of the others. Sites on the web can tell you this order of display so that you can re-arrange the ribbons to their proper locations.
EDIT: #4 and #5 are both Korean-era, even though the 8th Army was formed in June, 1944. If he had WW2 service, he would have – at the minimum – the WW2 Victory Medal, and possibly several other WW2 medals depending on where he was deployed.
So, this is all Korean-era stuff.
Found On A Hike Through The Virginia Woods. It’s About The Size Of A Penny. What Is This Thing?
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Wheel bug eggs
Went Exploring In White Sands, New Mexico And Found An…object. What Is This Thing?
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Looks like it could be titanium – titanium spheres of similar size are a relatively commonly found space debris
Old Family Pastry With No Name.
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They look like pasticelle (these ones even have the sprinkles!). This recipe says they’re filled with coffee, cocoa, chestnuts, almonds, and fruit peel, although I’m sure there’s some regional variation.
A Mysterious Rock/Fossil That’s Been In The Family Since My Great Great Great Uncle Plowed It Up When Farming. Any Ideas?
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This almost certainly the remains of gypsum filled mud cracks, a gypsum cast or mold.
Gypsum filled mud cracks are well known by geologists, found in ancient evaporate lake depots, but it’s rare to see one weathered out like this specimen.
It certainly formed in a mud crack, as the 5 and 6 sided polygonal arrangement can only be formed due to contraction / shrinkage of mud when drying out. This evaporation would also result in the precipitation of gypsum, or other salts (evaporate minerals).
Here’s a drawing of ancient gypsum casts filling mud cracks within a rock…
It’s likely the OP’s specimen is not very old, recently collected from a desert environment, a seasonal / ephemeral lake. If it was ancient, the sediment would have turned to stone (lithified) the gypsum wouldn’t have been liberated from the sediment.
Grandmother Received This From Her Friend After His Death. Nobody At The Senior’s Center She Lives At Knows What It Is. What Is This Thing?
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Found This Wood Washed Up At The Jersey Shore A Few Years Ago And Built It Into A Table. What Is The Logo From?
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A piece cut out of a Universal Form Clamp brand concrete form, usually used for residential construction
A Bucket Of Gravel With White Crystals On Top (Found In My Gf’s Garage)
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De-icing grit that got damp and started leeching salt.
Found This Thing At My Grandparents House. It Has Numbers Andweird Symbols At The Top. Anyone Know What This Is?
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It’s a shrapnel shell, used against infantry in WWII. The numbers and dial are used to set when it would go off. It would normally go off on impact, but could be set to go off at a specified distance.
EDIT:Be very, very careful with it, unless it’s been defused. Because it was designed to explode and kill a bunch of people like a large frag grenade, it may still present a danger.