At first, you might think a motion-detecting neon light for the inside of your toilet bowl is weird — but when you wake up in the middle of the night and walk into your dark bathroom, you’ll understand why it’s so important. Believe it or not, the world is loaded with weird products that are wildly useful — and a lot of them are on Amazon. There are slippers that help you mop the floor, holders for your hand sanitizer, and so much more. We went looking for the weirdest and the most useful items and gathered them here. At first glance, you may ask, “what are they even for?” But then the explanations below will give them meanings and you may even want to buy them.
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#1 “Found this behind a commercial freezer while doing renovations. Plastic casing, plastic-looking balls, metal shroud, about 1.5 inches in length. Wall anchor? Cyanide capsule?” “Pretty sure this is a scent/pheromone capsule for a moth glue trap”
#2 “Why do these window grills have a bulge? Seen in Spain.” “They’re called “belly bars” in a lot of places. They’re designed for flower boxes
#3 “Is this a shock collar? My dog was wearing it after coming home from boarding.” “Yes it is a bark collar, also formerly known as a shock collar. I say formerly because they now come with vibration
#4 “Is this a shock collar? My dog was wearing it after coming home from boarding.” “Yes it is a bark collar, also formerly known as a shock collar.
I say formerly because they now come with vibration. The rubber tips on the collar indicate they are not using the electric shock feature. Instead if the dog barks it vibrates, scaring the dog not to bark.”
#5 “Black and yellow, large bomb-shaped item, found 30 mins outside Halifax, N.S.”
“Don’t think it’s a bomb, it looks more like fishing net floaters used to keep huge fishing from dragging on the floor. (they’re usually at the bottom of the net to keep the net straight and not tangle up while the net is being dragged)”
#6 “Large chunk of (metal?) Weighs quite a bit in your hand and hasn’t changed in color in decades.”
“The circled m logo is the logo of the réunion des musées nationaux, the French public museums. Probably a copy of a cuneiform tablet available as a souvenir at the Louvre, among other museums.”
#7 “I’ve seen this cane-shaped (usually) brass post at numerous bars and pubs and wondered what it is and what it is used for. l have been unable to Google the correct sequence of words to get a result.”
“A “divider” or “service divider”. It serves to keep standing customers to one side, away from the part of the bar where servers pick up drinks. Also notice the opening under the bar, the bartender (in some designs) can lift the top and gets in and out. You don’t want customers standing there blocking access.”
#8 “On the Bed in my Hotel. Doesn’t Open or Anything. W Melbourne, Australia.”
“Hi OP, this piece is a nod at Ned Kelly’s helmet where the slit in the first picture is where the eyes would be. It’s been reimagined as a “playful leather and faux fur fascinator”.
#9 “Pulled the plug Magnet from my transmission pan covered it what looks like tiny (1/64” or .3mm) balls. What’s in the picture is about 1% of what was in the pan, but had to clean through the slush. Ideas?”
That might be casting material that was attached to the casting and is now releasing. Another possibility is steel shot peen, used in a process to finish metal parts to prevent fatigue and stress corrosion failures and prolong product life for the part.
#10 “What is this thing? The circular thing on a post in an antique place.” “This is an Engine Order Telegraph used in older marine vessels. Allowed the Captain remote communication with the ships engine room.”
#11 “Found above the door in the backseat of a 2011 Porsche Cayenne; What are the holes behind the small door used for?”
“I drive a Volvo and these holes are for the cargo net (or a mesh fence thing meant for pets) and there are other actual hooks by the “oh sh#t” bar like your vehicle.”
#12 “This metal decorative floral piece, removable petals, 10” long, on a tabletop.” “Ash tray”
#13 “What’s this device mounted under my office desk?”. “Motion sensors are installed in a large amount of desks to give stats on desk occupancy. Very common now that some have and some have not returned after covid.
It’s not to monitor an individual’s movements at their desk. If they want that data they will use the software on your computer because that can tell what you are actually doing at your desk.
#14 “Park Bench with weird cutouts. Don’t think it’s for bikes, you’d need a really long chain to wrap all the way around.”
“It’s for bikes. When u want to sit you park your bike behind you. It’s not meant to lock your bike and leave.”
#15 “What’s this weird thing in my car’s gas cap area? I was filling my car up at a gas station and noticed this weird metal tile that had been left in the little area where my gas cap/tank is.
I drive a ‘99 so anyone can open my gas cover. Let me know if I’m being tracked or anything.”. “You have nothing to worry about because it is just the mounting plate for something called a Pump Pal that allows you to “never touch a dirty gas pump again.” Basically, it’s a silicone glove thing you wear when using the pump and it has a magnet that is used to store the glove on the fuel door of your car using that adhesive-backed metal plate.”
#16 “Tiny pellets (maybe wood?) that were found on the couch.” “Looks like dry wood termite droppings”. “Indeed this frass match more than those I’ve found, in any case, it seems to be a wood insect eater so we’ll check if any other pellets are found and call professional! I guess it is Likely Solved!”
#17 “What is this chrome thing near the toilet and the toilet paper holder?”. “Looks like a holder for magazines. “Literature” is an important bathroom supplies category – or at least used to be before smartphones, I guess.”
#18 “Cinderblock stove structure on the edge of 1920 farmhouse property. Located down the hill from the house.”. “That’s what it is. Cook houses were often away from the main house to reduce fire risk and to just deal with the heat in the summer.”