Weird Thing

February 5th, 2009 | researchmaterial

Can anyone identify this device?

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36 Responses to “Weird Thing”

  1. It’s an air-tool with what looks like a pressure valve on the end of it. You attach a compressed air source to one end of it.

  2. It’s a melange of items. The body looks to be a air powered disk sander, the clear cup is from a water separator used to remove water from air systems. Inside I believe that’s a radiator thermostat and on top I think we have a temperature sensor and some nuts.

    But to answer your question; what we have here is and auto-body mechanic’s humbug.

  3. Looks like my time-traveling grandmother’s vibrator. You know, from the future past or something.

  4. Steam punk bowel disruptor?

  5. It’s called a RAY GUN.

  6. Looks like an early airbrush, with the glass bit being a paint receptacle, and compressed air would have been passed through it to aerosolize the paint.

  7. I have no idea, but suspect the word “vaginal” is included in its proper designation.

  8. I agree with the water separator bit but I don’t understand why it’s on a pistol mount. I feel like it should have something to do with sandblasting, though. It seems like something’s missing.

  9. The aluminium handle appears to belong to a pneumatic tool of some description (a rattle-gun most likely), whilst the glass section looks very much like a condensate drain (used to remove oil and water from a pneumatic line). As for the wee knob on top, THAT would appear to be a starfish exciter (for exciting the old starfish).

  10. Holy shit, that thing’s real?!

  11. I’m gonna put my money on homemade sandblaster (for connection to air compressor).

  12. Looks like a prop from a 1930s sci-fi flick to me.

  13. Hmm, Wait a minute. Could it be an olschool version of a nebulizer?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebulizer

  14. 1920’s Style Deathray.

  15. some kinda airbrush? or steampunk disemboweling device.

  16. It looks like the rayguns-made-out-of-hairdryers that were used as props in the 90s New York production of “Return to the Forbidden Planet.”

  17. All I know is that I want one, you know, for my “collection”.

  18. Problem-Solver.

  19. That is a BOP GUN

  20. Seems like it could be the Bulgarian’s air-powered gun, the salt-loaded “bulgaro”, based on the minimal description in Gibson’s “Spook Country”.

  21. It’s a prop from Repo, The Genetic Opera. It’s a Zydrate dispenser.

  22. If I guess what it is, do I get to keep it?

  23. the interior of the glass bobble looks like two engine valves stuck top to top, if that helps

  24. As a former Auto Body Bondo Monkey, I can confirm that Jake von Slatt nailed it.

  25. That thing from The Matrix that de-bugs you, obvs.

  26. the main body is a rivet gun. the clear end almost looks like a noise suppressor of some kind.

  27. Its a functionless frankentool put together from bits of different air tools to resemble a ray-gun.

    The bits inside the clear bubble are a tip, spring and needle from a spray gun, like you would use to paint cars, but they’re in backwards. The thing on top is the air regulator and trigger-button from the spray gun. The body is a disc sander and the bubble is a water seperator.

  28. That looks like it belongs in Fallout 3. But then again, I have been playing a lot of Fallout 3 lately, so everything looks like it belongs there. Especially my empty coke bottles.

  29. it looks like that thing they use in the Matrix to debug people.

  30. It’s a cyclotrode. Don’t let the Crimson Ghost get his hands on it, or we’re all DOOOOOOMED!!!!!

  31. The pointy thing on top is a glow plug from a diesel engine.

    As others have said the glass bowl does indeed look like it came off a water seperator, the bits inside it could easily be a thermostat from a car engine and the handle is definitely from one air tool or the other.

    In general every bit could be found in the trash can of an ordinary automotive repair workshop.

    I wonder what the cars coming out of that workshop looks like, if the mechanics are just as creative in their regular work ;-)

  32. Ask to ex-masturbators… they know

  33. I don’t know, but I want one!

  34. pneumatic paint gun

  35. I have one, but I have been sworn to secrecy. Clue: it is used for multiple orgasms in cats.

  36. It looks somewhat like the design Nikola Tesla had for his ray gun. I’m not shitting you, he had plans for one.