What is it?

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.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Set #131

762. 9-1/4" long"

763. 4-1/2" tall

764. Partial shot of an object most people have seen before:

765. 10" long, thanks to Andy for submitting this tool:

766. 4-1/2" long, 1-3/4" diameter, two pieces of metal that were probably able to be separated long ago, but now are fused together as one. The material between the two parts could be an old piece of leather or rubber, currently it's hard as a rock. I'm hoping someone can tell me what this was used for.

767. Another "impossible object", the puzzle is to determine how the golf tee was inserted into the piece of wood. The lower part is drilled all the way through so the tip of the tee is resting on the gray surface. Neither piece has been cut or glued.


Last week's set is seen below, click here to view the entire post:


  • My guess that the wooden block in the impossible object was soaked in water, or some other solution to make to plyable. Then it is twisted just enough to insert the tee in. When the wood dries, it hardens. This method is used in other impossible object puzzles.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/07/2006 4:58 AM  

  • 765. Ignition points adjusting tool. GM had a unique set up where a small metal "window" on the side of the distributor cap slid upward to reveal an allen screw to adjust the dwell. This tools flexible shaft made it easy to reach the points as sometimes the opening was in a precarious location & getting in there with a standard allen wrench was a difficult job.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 9/07/2006 5:48 AM  

  • 766. Possibly fused together from new. Could be an insulator of some sort.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 9/07/2006 9:24 AM  

  • 766. A quick disconnect coupling of some kind?

    By Blogger GreenHex, at 9/07/2006 10:13 AM  

  • 766. A fusible link?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/07/2006 7:29 PM  

  • Is 764 metal or wood ??

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 9/07/2006 9:45 PM  

  • >My guess that the wooden block in the impossible object was soaked in water...

    >765. Ignition points adjusting tool. ..

    Both correct

    >766. Possibly fused together from new. Could be an insulator of some sort.

    You're probably right about it being fused together from new, but I don't think it was an insulator.

    >766. A quick disconnect coupling of some kind?

    That's the most popular guess when I've shown it to people.

    >766. A fusible link?

    I think that this is most likely the answer, with the inner material being a low melting point metal, it was used to close a door when heated, as part of a fire protection program.

    >Is 764 metal or wood ??

    It's wood, I'm guessing it's 2-1/2 to 3 inches diameter.

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/08/2006 4:37 AM  

  • 764. Bat

    - Edward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/08/2006 6:03 PM  

  • >764. Bat

    This answer is correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/08/2006 6:18 PM  

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