What is it? CCXXVI

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This is actually a very plausible explanation
Well done!
On Fri, 11 Apr 2008 05:30:47 +0000, Richard Heathfield

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I agree with Gunner. If it's true that's very unfortunate. I think it's also education. No one seems to be taught to help others. Slightly sideways to that: When I was home at Christmas my nephews (kids) were playing Halo 3. I said to one of them that I thought they should get shocked if they got hit. Basicly he said no one would play if it hurt to screw up. On the other hand. He's the only nephew that isn't trained in a martial art. I think they should all be trained in first aid and martial arts from the time they're little. Karl
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Richard Heathfield wrote:

This is quite a co-incidence. I live in the UK and on Wednesday of this week I visited Gloucester and looked around. I went into a folk museum that was opposite a church, it was free entry and an excellent way to spend an hour or two. There was a section on eels/elvers, very popular around that area because of the River Severn. There on the wall was... a cane like stick with a pointy bit at the bottom very similar to RH's "What is it" pic! PS to EZ Peaces There was no mention of a surveyor :)
Across the

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E Z Peaces wrote:

If it's not for eeling in Gloucester it could be for the sport of poking trolls out from under their bridges. ( I once knew a dog owning Spanish troll who did a bit of surveying as a sideline. )
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E Z Peaces wrote:

I met her once on the banks of The Severn, a blonde woman who walked with a stick and carried a bag of surveyors tools. After I had shown interest in her theodolite she invited me to spend an hour or so "eeling" with her. She expertly used her stick to hook the eels from the river. Obviously a woman of many talents.

THAT'S HER!
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wrote:

You might also have frogs fly out your ass as well. Pasta seems more practical, and it passes the anal sphincter easier..after its been cooked.
We all can testify to all the limping, gunless copsf, who had them stolen, or shot themselves with theirs. Maybe they should have carried sticks, ne?

And when the second dog jumps you from the side, ripping out your hamstrings, you can do a Mary Poppins and simply fly away with your bumblechute.

Might work well with a Yorkie, if you smash him in the head with that 1 1/4" brass knob..but its not going to do much good with those two pit bulls.

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    I have at least one with a flat top. It is closer in shape to a mushroom than anything else, and it makes it easier to use palm pressure on the end to help raising from a lower position. This would be especially useful if the owner had to frequently squat down to examine something at ground level, and had knees which were somewhat aged as mine are. :-)
    The head of mine started life as a whale tooth, and the shaft is made form whale jawbone, spiral carved to resemble a narwhal's tusk.

    Agreed.
    Perhaps -- or perhaps just for extra palm surface contact when rising from a squating position.

    In that case a longer stick would probably be better -- it would allow two hands, widely separated, to offer greater stability.

    That makes a certain amount of sense.
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Quite a nice varied collection this time.
1263 - No really good ideas what you'd use a hook on a stick for. From the care in finishing it seems it was something that would be rather valued by the owner. My whimsical guess: a tool to lure a gator by having some bit of bait on the hook, whilst being ready (with the other hand) to slip a ring or noose around the jaws and capture it.
1264 - An AMPEX magnetic tape cartridge; I think this may be one of the types that was used by radio stations to hold ads or station identifications for odd moments, but am not certain of that. It's definitely more likely to be audio (or possibly video) than computer data, in my opinion, from the "time" label on the one hub.
1265 - Tool for harvesting some sort of berry or fruit?
1266 - Seems it should be familiar, but I cannot place from where or what.
1267 - Something to fit over the spine of a book? Not sure what that would accomplish, though.
1268 - Hammer for use when glazing or repairing windows. The square face for general work (like tightening rails and stiles), the pointy end for chipping out old putty, and the flat central ridge for setting points.
I'm not sure I've ever said it before, and certainly not enough, but many thanks to Rob for putting these puzzles together each week. I quite appreciate the challenge, and it seems a bunch of others do, too.
Now to see other people's guesses...
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First one is the Forest Boot-Snag. Patented in 1870, it never really caught on because it takes over a hundred years on average to snag a boot.
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1263. Ocala is very close to Silver Springs and the winter resting area for Ringling Brothers. I wonder if it can be an elephant tender's stick. Silver Springs was the scene where all the Tarzan movies were made.
1265. Must have something to do with chipping or flaking ice.
1267. Looks like an antique eye glass case to me for the old wire frames.
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