What could it be?

October 3, 2010

Gadget, Journal

For me, the fun part of going to the surplus auctions is looking at all the weird things that are sitting around and trying to figure out what they’re supposed to be and what they’re used for. Most of these items don’t come with instruction manuals, so you have to look at all the parts and how they fit together and imagine what it could possibly do. It’s fun.

This contraption was there on Saturday, and I’ll just let you take a look at the photos and you see if you know what it is. I’ll post our incorrect guess, then our correct guess, then proof of the correctness. Good luck!

Ok, I changed my mind. The rules to Bossy Lauren’s Game now go: Make your guess in the comments, then come back and click here to see what it is. Or, do what you want – apparently I can’t control you, dang it.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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11 Responses to “What could it be?”

  1. Keren Lowell Said on:

    This looks like something one would use to keep minnows alive.


  2. Keren Lowell Said on:

    OK. Wow. I don’t think I would ever need one of these, and that’s why my answer was so wrong.


  3. Brad Said on:

    It’s a container for delivering organs for transplants?


  4. Lloyd Said on:

    I thought it was a contraption to allow your snakes and gerbils to cross safely between two tanks. That sounds like a kids game. “Hey! Lets play snakes & gerbils.”


  5. Kristi Said on:

    It’s a contraption for zapping the worms to come up out of the ground into the cooler. Then you can go fishing.


  6. Peggy Said on:

    I can only hope it’s an old fashioned portable air-conditioner & that you bought it to send to me!


    • Peggy Said on:

      I swear I didn’t look 1st. I just thought, Hmmm…a cooler with pipes and a motor…not to mention I would love a ‘carry with you’ air conditioner. Not that big of course.


  7. Curt Said on:

    It’s a cooler to keep pipes and smaller coolers cool.

    As for my real guess, it is some type of refrigeration device.


  8. Curt Said on:

    Crap, I had seen the auction advertized on the intreweb, but forgot to see if Lloyd could pick up a monitor for me.


  9. Lauren Said on:

    We thought it was a fog machine at first.


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