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Friday, September 17, 2004

126.



127. 6" long



128. Two 1-pound, 2" dia. ball bearings, these were sold for a particular science experiment. There is one ingredient missing here, something very common, the puzzle for this one is to determine the nature of the experiment.



129. 3/8" long





Answers

7 Comments:

  • 128 could be used with a swivel chair to demonstrate conservation of angular momentum.

    129 looks like something one would use to mark the center of holes on the mating piece.

    By Blogger osmodiar, at 9/17/2004 9:54 PM  

  • 126 is an electric automotive lock deicer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/18/2004 3:16 PM  

  • >128 could be used with a swivel chair to demonstrate conservation of angular momentum.


    They could be used for this, but that wasn't their intended purpose.


    >129 looks like something one would use to mark the center of holes on the mating piece.


    I believe that this is the correct answer, but I'm still researching this object.


    >126 is an electric automotive lock deicer.


    This one isn't a de-icer, but it is more useful in the winter.


    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/18/2004 7:38 PM  

  • 126 is a nuclear powered light bulb tester. It runs on the Flourine 18 in elf blood. Do to the short half life of flourine 18, one must keep an elf handy while using. The device is held in the left hand, the elf in the right, and the christmas lights are replaced one at a time with a known good speciman until the defective bulb is located. The elf is then discarded.

    By Blogger osmodiar, at 9/20/2004 4:07 AM  

  • 129 looks like an older version of a dowel center. Another version is at http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.asp?page=44995&category=1,180,42288&ccurrency=2&SID=

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/24/2004 5:38 PM  

  • #129 looks like a double ended grub screw.

    By Blogger Roscoe, at 9/28/2004 10:41 PM  

  • 126 is a static-powered neon bulb that also has a resistor in it to take the sting out of static discharge in the winter. MHW

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/25/2004 9:44 PM  

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