30 Times Random People On The Internet Helped Identify Mysterious Objects

Published 11 months ago

Have you ever looked at something and wondered ” What is this thing?” We come across many unidentifiable things in our daily lives – some people choose to avoid them, while others get caught in the web of curiosity and don’t give up until they finally find out what the thing exactly is!

What Is This?‘ is an online community where those curious people can be found. Members of this subreddit help each other identify things that seem mysterious or peculiar. Scroll below to see some of the most interesting things people shared in this online group.

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#1 Found This Lil F*cker In My Garden, He Doesn’t Bite,he Even Lets Me Touch And Handle Him.what Could It Be?is It A Non Venomous Kind Of Snake Or Just A Legless Lizard?

Image source: Kappa9989

Answer: it’s a Slow-Worm. Legless lizard. it’s a protected species.

#2 Given To Us By Asian Neighbor Who Grows Them At Home

Image source: cyn__sin

Answer: It is a bottle gourd … Trust me I am an Asian … But I have never seen one that long

#3 Found By A Tree. Took Boy Home

Image source: latinavelma

Answer:  It’s a southern flying squirrel. About 2 weeks old. His eyes are still developing so dont try to open them. If you try to rehabilitate him, he will become very attached to you and requires a lot of attention and is also nocturnal.

#4 My Muslim Neighbors Surprised Me & Brought Me This Food. Has Rice, Some Kind Of Milk, Walnuts On Top, & I Can Taste Lemongrass

Image source: MeowBerkeley

Answer:  It’s called Kheer. Normally eaten warm, but personally, I prefer it cold.

#5 What Is This Border Between The Pacific And Philippine Sea? Why Is It Not Just A Straight Line?

Image source: reddit.com

Answer: It’s an international date line. It looks like this because it makes an exception around the Line Islands. The Line Islands have about 8,000-ish people on them, and this way, they’re on the same ‘day’ as Kiribati, the nation they are part of. Due to time zones, it’s the same ‘Time’ in the Line islands as Hawaii, but in the Line Islands, it’s the next day.

#6 What Animal Is This?

Image source: lkelbe

Answer:  Shrew

#7 What Is This Oddly Terrifying Creature?

Image source: edificeraks

Answer:  Sand dollar.

A sand dollar is a kind of echinoderm. This is the same animal phylum as starfish. The moving bits on the bottom are the tube-feet, similar to those of a starfish.

#8 An Animal Found On The Beach In Normandy, France

Image source: Tibal

Answer: Portuguese Man O’ War

#9 This Was Given To Me As A Gift

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Answer:  You twist it a certain way and it makes a hook to hang your handbag from a tabletop

#10 4 Legged Fish – Freshwater Arid West/US

Image source: bwhizzle1

Answer:  It’s a Western Tiger Salamander!

#11 Assuming This Is A Fungus Of Some Sort, Spotted On Top Of A Dead Log In Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Image source: SwimmerNos

Answer:  Slime mold – stemonitis axifera

#12 I’ve Seen These In Several Old Peoples Houses. What The Heck Are They And What Are They For?

Image source: iMissMyMsPotato

Answer: It says ‘Jesus’ in the lines between the wood pieces.

#13 A Seagull Dropped This Beside Me After I Gave It Some Bread

Image source: Burned_Hare

Answer: Some bird species (mostly crows) have been know to give gifts. You just got gifted an abalone shell from a seagull! How cool!

#14 Figurine Found Buried Under A Tree In Alberta

Image source: Dazieblue123

Answer:  That definitely looks like indigenous First Nations art. I would take it to a local Historical Society or other agency to be looked at.

#15 What Does This Mean ? I’m A So Confused English Is Not My First Language

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Answer: It’s a reference to a movie called Monty Python and the Holy Grail

#16 I Know What It Is Not… They Are Pointy A Ribbed And They Have A Key Chain Ring On One End, Any Ideas?

Image source: Toland_the_Mad

Answer:  It’s for self defense. Put it on your keychain

#17 Found This Spicy Guy While Hiking In Nc, Any Idea What Type Of Lizard He Is?

Image source: KrakenClubOfficial

Answer:  Red eft

#18 Thrifted This T-Shirt And I Need Help Identifying What It Says Or Any Information About It

Image source: Sqwertyrl

Answer: This is my old band’s t-shirt. My sister just sent me this link. We only made maybe(?) 2 orange shirts. Curious what thrift shop you found this in. We were based in Philly. Band broke up in 2010. I can confirm that it says Pariah which was the name of our band.

#19 My Girlfriend Took Her Dog For A Walk And Came Across This. What Is It? England, UK

Image source: Popshotz

Answer:  Dolphin spine

#20 Why Is There A Fingerprint On This Penny? It’s Embedded In And Is Worn Down Noticeably In That Area

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Answer:  Some people have particularly corrosive skin oils. I used to work in a machine shop, and we called those people, “rusters,” and you never let them touch your tools. Rusters don’t just rust steel, they also corrode brass, copper, bronze, aluminum, zink, etc. If a ruster used your parallels or square and you didn’t clean and oil it right away, the rusted fingerprints etched into the steel would show up within a few hours. I’m guessing a ruster touched that penny at some point, after which is was left untouched for an extended period of time

#21 What Is This Thing On My Airbnb Oven?

Image source: BlevDogg

Answer:  It’s for adding water in case you want to steam your food in addition to normal baking

#22 It Looks Like A Tool To Create Art… Or Maybe It Is Art… I’m Not Sure

Image source: VoidHog

Answer: Indian batik or textile stamp

#23 In The Bathroom. When I Push A Button With A Time On It, My Nearby Toilet Makes A Wooshing Sound

Image source: NutellaGood

Answer:  It’s not your toilet, it’s your bathtub. And it’s causing a S**T TON of damage to it every time you tun it on without water in it. It turns on the jets for that amount of time

#24 Found This Nightmare Growing In A Bottle Of Crystal Hot Sauce. The Bottle Was Sealed On The Shelf With An 03/03/2024 Expiration. Can Anyone Explain Whats Happening Here?

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Answer:  If there is vinegar in that hot sauce it may be a mother of vinegar

#25 What Is This Weird License Plate, And What Does It Mean? I’ve Never Seen This Before

Image source: ImObviouslyOblivious

Answer: I suspect you have found a Sovereign Citizen in the wild. The references to a trust and to common law suggest something of the sort

#26 Please Identify This Bird My Parents Saw In Their Backyard

Image source: oh-dearie-me

Answer:  Its a Golden Pheasant

#27 What Is This Flag? Red, White, Black Triangle Logo

Image source: Big_Sp00ky

Answer: It’s from Star Trek, it’s the Klingon flag

#28 Given By Neighbor Who Doesn’t Speak English And I Don’t Speak Chinese

Image source: cyn__sin

Answer:  This is called Zizania Latifolia Aka Manchurian wild rice. You can cut it into slices and stir-fry for a minute or so, then cook it with some soy sauce until the flavor goes in a bit. It has a nice unique texture, firmer than zucchini.

#29 What Are These Squiggly Brain-Like Shapes In The Water?

Image source: peterp4rkerpizzatime

Answer:  3D printed “reef tiles.”

#30 Saw These On The River Banks Of Brahmaputra, India. The Way They All Move Together Is So Weird. Any Idea What Creature Is This ?

Image source: zibbyboo

Answer:  It’s a group of millipedes walking together. The ones on the bottom are also walking. Those on top walk over them and once they get to the end, they go to the bottom and cycle through it. They do this to cover more distance quicker.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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