# 15 People That Couldn’t Sleep Well Until They Found Out the Actual Purpose of Some Things

Curiosities
2 years ago

Everyone who’s found an unusual object and couldn’t figure out what it was for, know exactly how the people from this compilation felt. Some of them have stored these things for years hoping to find out what they were until other kind people online helped them.

We at Bright Side love puzzles. We suggest that you try and find out the purpose of the things from this article before you read the answers.

## “Found this while cleaning out the attic. It’s wood, looks handmade, measures 20 cm, but I have no idea what it is or does!”

Answer: It’s a double spoon — a symbol of hospitality in traditional African art. It represents 2 very distinct universes that are opposite.

## “Found this in my math teacher’s room. 100 squares with varying patterns and colors. No patterns seem to be the same.”

Answer: It’s a prime factorization chart. Almost the same one, but I see this one is shifted one down.

## “What is this thing — small, blue, and plastic, found in a house. No clue what it could be?”

Answer: It’s the antennae from this snail thing, it completely disassembles and is so annoying we threw it away.

## “It’s carved wood with wooden rings around it. The rings don’t come off. Found it in a park.”

Answer: It’s a hot chocolate stirrer/whisk. Known as a molinillo.

## “It looks to be a very small concrete bench or seat facing away from the road near the curb. Too small for a child.”

Answer: They could be old carriage steps, used to help people get in and out of horse-drawn carriages.

## “A gold sphere with legs and a handle. The sphere splits in 2, each side with a lid.”

Answer: This is a Victorian folding clamshell biscuit box.

## “This is gate-blocked road access to some cell towers. Why so many locks, and how would someone even open it?”

Answer: It’s a shared access gate. You can open the gate if you have 1 key that fits one of the locks. It’s necessary when the keys belong to different people or organizations. If someone loses the keys, you can just restore 1 key instead of making new copies for everyone.

## “Purchased in Africa, was told something about ancient sailing.”

Answer: They say it’s an astrolabe. It is one of the most ancient astronomical tools to measure the horizontal angles and find the longitudes and latitudes of celestial bodies.

## “I found this metal object. No text or numbers. Can retract to be the size of a bracelet.”

Answer: It’s the top (closure part) of a purse or small handbag.

## “Okay, I know it’s a chair, but what’s with the extended arms?”

Answer: It looks like a plantation/planter’s chair. You’d put your sore, swollen legs up on the arms after sitting on a horse all day, like a pregnant woman with her legs up in the same fashion. This is why the back is so sloped as well. If you sit up straight, it wouldn’t be comfortable to put your legs up like that, but in a reclined position, it’s good for blood and air flow.

## “Found this small kettle years ago. Does anyone have an idea as to why this has this unique shape?”

Answer: It’s a portable men’s urinal for bed-bound patients.

## “It’s a plaque with numbers inscribed on it. Found on the sidewalk outside a building at my university.”

Answer: It’s a magic square. It’s a popular sort of decoration to put outside math departments. If you add the numbers horizontally, vertically, and diagonally, it will make 34.

Have you ever found anything that left you restless until you found out what it was?

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