One is that there is a similar type of tool use for acupuncture. You find
the acupuncture point and press the plunger. It produces a little
electricity which is supposed to stimulate the acupuncture point.
The other is the modification of a stun device to neutralize venom from a
poisonous snakes. Apparently the electricity takes the toxicity out of the
That was the rage about 1900. The media brought it back in 1986.
_Outdoor_ _Life_ championed the cause.
The evidence was anecdotal. A woman bitten by a copperhead was shocked
and back to work in an hour. Copperhead bites are often harmless. The
magazine noted that lab tests hadn't found that shocks helped. The
article speculated that the labs were using cheap stun guns from Japan
or Korea. It recommended a brand.
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always:
2113) Hmm ... it goes in between two sections of garden hose,
and may serve as a pressure relief valve. If the pressure in
the hose is too high (e.g. a kink after this device), the water
sprays out between the two suction cup shaped objects. The
pressure required to do this is set mostly by the spring tension
of the loop.
2114) Looks like some kind of game piece -- rolled like a die
perhaps, or rotated to keep count of moves. Since the numbers
are not consecutive on adjacent faces, I think that it serves
the function of a die -- even with the six side -- though I
don't know what the significance of standing on end would be in
whatever game it would be used for.
2115) "5 Seconds to the inch" ... hmmm time seconds, or seconds
of angle? If the 1862 is a date, I think that the time meaning
is more likely.
In that case -- it could be a rate of sinking in a liquid. (And
presumably a liquid which would not dissolve the glue fro the
2116) I presume that the rule is there for scale, and it not one of the
things to be identified.
The bottom object, at least, looks like a screwdriver intended
to be operated from awkward angles -- to access heads of screws
which are under overhangs of some sort.
2117) Perhaps a probe for measuring resistance of a substance
(between the two terminals). Or perhaps a pushbutton, with the
two holes on the bottom serving for connection of the wire.
Perhaps intended to serve as a detonator for dynamite or similar
explosives? (Press the black button with your thumb or pull it
as a trigger with the index finger).
2118) Intended for spooling off something like brown butcher's paper
or some form of wrapping paper.
The adjustment knob on the clamping collar is perhaps to set a
certain amount of drag to prevent it from spooling off too
Now to see what others have suggested.
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