The Big Clue to Yesterday’s Mystery Thing

We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve bonded. We’ve been disturbed by a mental image of Martin’s wife.

You know, when I take a moment to reflect back on all the deep and rewarding times we’ve …. Okay, fine! Here’s the clue that shouldn’t fail you to the Mystery Thing that yesterday I made you guess at:


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  • Oh, Brian. If ANYONE was going to go immediately from this picture to what the other item is, I figured it'd be you. And I think it still will be. BUT YOU'RE WASTING TIME!!

  • Julia: No. CLOSE—you'll soon enough, I know, be disturbed by HOW close—but no.

  • Julia

    wood burning tool

  • This can't be happening….

  • Cheryl

    I still think it's an old-fashioned chain saw.

  • dental drill?

  • Cheryl

    And this one looks veterinary. Maybe for pumping air into an animal that's giving birth to make it easier to maneuver and/or insert helping hands?

  • It's for typewriter repair. The mystery device from yesterday is for rewinding old typewriter ribbons.

  • Okay, if I figured out what this thing this in about eight seconds, it can't possibly be taking you guys any longer. I'm hardly … Joe Internet. So:

    All you have is an image. That's all you have to go on.

    Which means you to SEARCH FOR AN IMAGE.

    And Google has an IMAGE SEARCH.

    One of the things above is clearly a BELLOWS. So you know your image search will include the word BELLOWS.

    When you look at the rest of the stuff WITH the bellows, what FIELD or PROFESSION does it suggest?


    Those two words will take you to the page wherein you'll find Mystery Object #1.

  • Chritsine

    it is part of the early tattoo machines. The wheel is turned around and this drives needles repeatedly into the skin causing the tattoo

  • Chritsine

    so hoping that was right!!

  • Chritsine

    oh and it wasn't 3am it was about 10 am over here when it's 3pm over there (on last post) but still…principals!!

  • That was the earlier thingy.

    This is a tatoo smoke enema

  • Latoya

    a camera stand???

  • Chritsine

    no wait it says that the earliest tattoo machines were battery operated….BUT they had a thing that was used for painting and embroidery. They had a machine thingy that would punch holes in paper and then add the colour…is this the thingy??

  • Mark Lattimore

    Hand cranked skull saw.

  • Chritsine

    I think I should win for the amount of research I am putting into this right now

  • maybe John could just send us all a book….? 😉

  • Chritsine

    this is bringing out my competitive streak big time…..I am meant to be doing a 3000 word essay right now!!

  • Mark Lattimore

    I'm with you Christine. I'm supposed to be reading a 15th century witch hunting handbook. Let's see…witch-hunting, obscure tool — which is more fun?

  • Chritsine

    ok well I fount THIS pic but it says nothing about the last one….I am starting to hate you John

  • Chritsine

    it's killing me Mark…'s this or writing about early missionaries in New Zealand and their role in colonisation…..hmmmm on second thought I would rather be doing this LOL

    And witch hunting?? Interesting. Which book (excuse the pun) and what for?

  • Mark Lattimore

    The Malleus Maleficarum for a class on the Reformation.

  • Chritsine

    ok I found it and it has already been guessed….DAMN IT!!!

  • Chritsine

    and John what the HELL does it have to do with the above pic except they are on the same website??

  • Chritsine

    oh very cool Mark…where you studying??

  • Chritsine

    so annoyed right now that I am NEVER coming back to your site Johnny, never ever ever ever never

  • Mark Lattimore

    Wheaton College Grad School (Church History)

  • So the stuff in the bag with the Bellows, looks like they're for a Doctor. So I search for Doctor Bellows and all I get are I Dream Of Jeannie references. So the thing yesterday is for polishing Genie Lamps.

  • LOL!!! @ Geoff XD

  • Judy

    It's a device used by veterinarians to shoot pills into a horse's mouth.

  • Chritsine

    Where in the world (literally) is that College Mark?? I am studying Church History as part of my BTheol at Laidlaw College in New Zealand

  • Mark Lattimore

    Wheaton, Illinois (USA). It's about 25 miles west of Chicago.

  • Chritsine

    (*nodding head but looking vague*) USA…I know that one lol and heard of Chicago (obviously) but geography not that crash hot so will stick with somewhere in America 😛

  • bruce donaldson

    It's a tool that cuts the tips off of cigars…

  • bruce donaldson

    …or a tobacco roller

  • bruce donaldson

    Someone guessed skull saw yesterday…I think… it's a FAR cry from what the bellows are for!

  • The first dremel tool?

  • it is from the 1860's used by doctors and field surgeons to give a their patient a knock out dose of either. or painkiller.

  • John, the current picture is a fireside bellows (right?) and since I know that these things help in fires, keeping them lit and all, (grandpa has one) Might the tool from yesterday be a way to assemble the fireside bellows, and the profession be some sort of crafter? or else the tool has something to do with the construction of a fireplace?

  • Okay, a skull saw from yesterday, and a tobacco smoke enema for today. Both of which were already guessed. Although the bellows is used for fireplaces too. Darn! John do another one!

  • Julia

    tattoo pen

  • Bellows for an organ

  • Julia

    Well then …what else can I do to get a book?!

  • Barry

    Is it a needle sharpener?

  • skull saw?

  • make that Tobacco smoke enema.

    sheesh, i’m tired…

  • Mark Lattimore

    And for the record, I guessed bone saw yesterday. C’mon, the skull is a bone.

  • bruce donaldson

    Skull Saw (1830s-60s)

  • It’s a skull saw – with a set of old surgical tools.

    This hand-cranked saw’s blades were used to cut through sections of the skull, allowing for access by other instruments.

  • Dawn

    …you think I would have known in my profession at the ol’ body parts place at Anatomy Gifts Registry, huh???

    Although, in my vast experience, I have NEVER seen a skull cap remover which resembled that contraption …

  • Greta Sheppard

    John ,seeing as I know the answer I won’t divulge it…it appears there are two who have guessed it.?

    This was fun!!!