Object 28: Hosed Machine

  Reference: Object 28 Size: Large Dog Crate Recorded: November, 2012 Found: Chicago, IL, USA Status: Known Manufactured: 2010s This device is relatively common, though less so today than it once was. It has a tangential relationship to hot chocolate. Its use also increases global warming. Known: Very expensive. Consumes something while it’s being used. Requires a highly trained operator. Bonus […]

Object 27: Holey Box

  Reference: Object 27 Size: Toaster Oven Recorded: September, 2012 Found: Shelburne, VT, USA Status: Known Manufactured: 1800s Material: Wood, tin This was a common homemade item that would be used only under the right circumstances. We use devices for those same circumstances today, but they look nothing like this. It’s arguable about whether then antique version or the modern version is […]

Object 26: Bearded Tool

  Reference: Object 26 Size: Large pliers Recorded: October, 2012 Found: Baltimore, MD, USA Status: Known Manufactured: 1600s, CE Material: Steel Some tools server many purposes, but this one served only two. It was meant to be used in a hurry, for if it failed, disaster loomed. Of course, if it did work, disaster also loomed—but hopefully for someone else. Another item […]

Object 25: Complex Device

  Reference: Object 25 Size: Golf cart Recorded: January, 2013 Found: Concord, NH, USA Status: Known Material: Aluminum, silicone This object’s purpose is well known, and we’ve all used something similar at one time or another. However, very few of us have used one like this, and this is perhaps the most expensive object of its type. Known: Many moving parts. […]

Object 24: Shiny Thing

  Reference: Object 24 Size: Pack of gum Recorded: October, 2012 Found: Baltimore, MD, USA Status: Known Material: Chromed steel These ubiquitous objects were once found in every town in America. You’d find them in many places, but almost never at home. Now, they’re gone, and in most cases they’d be illegal to use as they once were. Even when they […]

Object 23: Beach Blob

  Reference: Object 23 Size: A small pear Recorded: January, 2013 Found: Sanibel, Florida, USA Status: Known Material: Biologic When the Deepwater Horizon spill happened in 2010, black squishy objects were found on the beaches of Sanibel, and a small panic ensued. “BP is ruining our beaches!” As it turned out, none of the oil from that disaster reached Sanibel but […]

Object 22: Iron Fork

  Reference: Object 22 Size: A slice of pizza Recorded: January, 2013 Found: Swanzey, NH, USA Status: Known Material: Iron This object was found in an antique store, and it’s oddly valuable. It was hand made near the turn of the 19th century. As it’s shaped like a fork, you might think it had something to do with food—and you’d be […]

Object 20: Impractical Cup

  Reference: Object 20 Size: Large coffee cup Recorded: October, 2012 Found: The Walters Art Museum Constructed: 530 BCE Status: Known Material: Pottery This object is a cup! It was meant for drinking and no, that’s not the mystery. The mystery is it’s shape—why design a cup that you can’t set down? The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is an American treasure, […]

Object 19: Metallic Circle

  Reference: Object 19 Size: Trash can lid Recorded: October, 2012 Found: The Walters Art Museum Constructed: ~1545 CE Status: Known Material: Steel, leather, iron This object once existed by the hundred, though it was probably never used. It tried to do two things at once but ended up doing neither very effectively. The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is an American […]

Object 18: Textured Disc

  Reference: Object 18 Size: Jelly jar lid Recorded: January, 2013 Found: California Status: Known Material: Aluminum and glass This object will be instantly recognized by some, but will baffle others. It’s used with another device, but when it’s used, that other device can’t function normally. In fact, anything made with the device while this object is used is thrown away. […]