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I've been collecting unusual objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started posting them on this site as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are. Most of the items are mine but a few belong to others, if you aren't interested in tools there are plenty of other type objects that have also been posted.

For first time visitors I recommend this archive for a wide variety of some of my best pieces.

Monday, August 30, 2004

105. The coin on the left is a real quarter that has been shrunk down to the size of a dime, the puzzle here is to determine how this was accomplished.

Close-up photos of the shrunken quarter


107. 2 3/4" tall




  • the coin was shrunk using dry ice or something colder,since metal shrink with cold temperature

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/03/2004 3:33 AM  

  • Is that a rifle holder? Sorry for making the most obvious guess.

    By Blogger VM, at 9/04/2004 6:06 AM  

  • Anonymous:

    The coin wasn't shrunk with dry ice or any other type of freezing process.


    Nope, that isn't a rifle holder.

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/04/2004 3:04 PM  

  • The coin was shrunk by being receiving a ridiculously strong magnetic field for a momentary period of time. The induced eddy currents in the coin generated their own field with sufficient strength to shrink the coin.

    Tesla apparati or similar are required to generate the initial field.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/05/2004 8:46 AM  

  • >>The coin was shrunk by being receiving a ridiculously strong magnetic field for a momentary period of time.

    Correct, it was shrunk by a strong magnetic field.


    By Blogger Rob, at 9/05/2004 3:53 PM  

  • 106 looks to be a pastry perforator.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/10/2005 2:07 PM  

  • I think its a device for opening the hot door of a mexican oven. hehe???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/24/2005 4:38 AM  

  • looks like some sort of canvis sewing aperatus. (spelling?)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/02/2006 7:45 PM  

  • Devices similar to #106 are used for marking dotted lines on various things. For instance, I have seen a smaller and lighter variant used to mark the borders on a coloring page so that a blind child could color inside the lines by feel.

    By Blogger Jonadab, at 1/08/2007 8:51 PM  

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