Thursday, May 19, 2011

Set 389

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2245. 19" long:

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2246. 16" long, sent in by a visitor who is looking to find the purpose for this item:

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2247. 9" long:

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This is a clue for the purpose the the tool seen above.

2248. 32" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this device and a chance to win a T-shirt:

2249. 7" long:

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2250. 29" long:

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The case for it:


2245. An Apollo Lunar Sample Return Container (ALSRC), aluminum box with a triple seal manufactured by the Nuclear Division of Union Carbide. It was used on Apollo lunar landing missions to preserve a lunar-like vacuum around the samples and protect them from the shock environment of the return flight to earth. An aluminum mesh liner helped absorb impacts.

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2246. No answer yet for this one, looks like it could be used to pull a heavy load by attaching a rope to the center part:

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2247. A spreader used to tighten the twist when making rope, it's slid along the length of the stands during the twisting action to force the formation of a tight and constant spiral.

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This is a rope winder, its design would have allowed it to be used while placed on a fence or a wagon sideboard.

2248. These are lunar tongs for use by an astronaut for picking up moon rocks:

2249. A fisherman's hook remover:

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2250. A 201-Z Gas Gun for dispersing riots, it can fire:
-No. 112 Spedeheat Grenade
-No. 206 Spedeheat Projectiles
-No. 203 Short Rang Cartridges
-No. 230 Flite-Rite Projectiles

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  1. 2248: for picking SOMETHING up, I'm just not sure what.
    2250: For shooting tear gas grenades or other riot control agents

  2. 2248:Wait, I've got it now. It's for picking up rocks from the lunar surface.
    2245: Does that mean that this is for holding lunar samples?

  3. 2250 is a Flare Gun, for sending signals at sea

  4. 2246: Is this a spokeshave, for carving spokes?

  5. >2250: For shooting tear gas...
    >2245: Does that mean that this is for holding lunar samples?

    These are both correct

    >2248:Wait, I've got it now. It's for picking up rocks from the lunar surface.

    Since this one is in the Neatorama collaboration I'm going to have to withhold comments on it until I post the answers tomorrow.

    >2246: Is this a spokeshave, for carving spokes?

    It doesn't have a blade, looks like it might be for pulling something with a rope.

  6. 2250 is indeed a flare gun such as the one wielded by some stupid up there at the montreaux hotel. the one by the water.

  7. 2249 is a fisherman's hook disgorger for removing a fish hook that's deeply embedded in a fish's throat.

  8. 2247 is for making rope,use to play with one as a kid