Technology is constantly advancing. Today, we have things so automated that there are plenty of old inventions we’ve never needed to use. Some of these inventions are pretty straightforward, but others look of alien civilization. Just look at these 15 inventions that Reddit users had no idea how to use.
1. “I know every rooster’s job except for the second one from the right on the bottom. What is he holding?”
That’s a mash paddle, which is used for making beer.
2. “Metal sidewalk rings found all over Portland.”
Rings like these used to be used as horse hitches. In fact, some people still hitch toy horses to them for fun.
3. “Found among my Grandfather’s personal things. He lived from 1924 to 2017 but I don’t know when it is from. He was a doctor and also in the Navy if that helps.”
This is a spring-loaded coin holder, perfect for an afternoon at the arcade (though I doubt that’s what their grandfather used it for).
4. “A mysterious circular brush included with some cooking utensils.”
This weird looking hairbrush is actually a corn de-silker. It gets rid of the silky strands from corn.
5. “What is this? It has 2 holes for wall mounting, and it has a magnet with that metal bottle cap looking thing.”
It’s a soap holder. The cap grips the soap and prevents it from sliding off.
6. “A weird bottle found at a garage sale. One end has a cap and opens and the other is sealed glass.”
This is a type of rolling pin that you would fill with ice water to help roll out pie crust.
7. “Found among my late grandma’s things.”
An old-fashioned knife/razor blade sharpener.
8. “What is this? At the OB/GYN. The metal thing is connected to a computer.”
This is a urine flow rate meter. That metal thing is a scale and normally there would be a plastic bin on top of it.
9. “Can anyone tell me what this is?”
It’s an old-school hand warmer. You light the stick inside, and it would slowly burn and warm up your hands on a cold day.
10. “I found this in a bag of pens I got from a second-hand store. What is this thing?”
A “seam ripper,” used to take apart seams that have already been sewn.
11. “Found on a beach in San Diego, some layers appear to be translucent.”
This is a chunk of compressed trash from a Navy ship.
12. “Found while remodeling — what is it for?”
This specific tool scrapes and grates the insides of coconuts.
13. “What are these spoons?”
Vintage cocktail spoons used for mixing and mashing various ingredients into your drink.
14. “Found this in my mom’s kitchen. What is it?”
A potato baker. You impale the potatoes on the spikes and stick it in the oven.
15. “My Mom and Dad just bought a house and the previous owners left this on a shelf. Any ideas on what it is?”
People used to use this to collect crumbs from the table after meals and empty ashtrays.