77 Times People Had No Clue What They Were Looking At, But The Internet Had Their Back

The internet is a wonderful place. Sure, it has a few rotten folks trying to spread their toxicity, but a big part of it is also made up of helpful and kind-hearted individuals who are more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

This is especially true in communities like ‘What Is This?’, where amateur and experienced sleuths come together to identify the things that people ask them to, no matter how small or big.

One of the most interesting aspects of this subreddit is the variety of mysteries that are posted. From bizarre objects found in the backyard to even stranger creatures spotted in the wild, it has a little bit of everything.

So continue scrolling to check out some of the most interesting cases that these folks have solved. I promise, you will definitely learn a thing or two.

Given To Us By Asian Neighbor Who Grows Them At Home

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

cyn__sin Report

My Dad Shows This Thing To Everyone Who Comes To The House To Try And Find Out What It Is, It’s Gone So Far That He’s Actually Built A Shelf Just For It. Help

Answer:  That’s a coconut cutter/shredder. You sit on it and pound coconuts against it

Catro2000 Report

This Came Out Of My Apple Juice Bottle This Morning During Break At Work ??

Answer:  It’s a SCOBY. A Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeasts. It’s not harmful but will make your juice taste sour. SCOBYs are used to make Kombucha. They feed off sugar, natural or otherwise. In this case the sugar in the juice. They excrete lactic and acetic acid, which have a sour taste

dontnameit Report

Saw This On A Tree While Hiking Today. Not On Any Other Trees In The Area. What Is This?

Answer:  It’s a burl! Woodworkers pay lots of cash for these cuz the inside grain structure is cool.

KdotJdot Report

Cleaning Out My Grandma’s House To Sell And Found This. What The Heck Is It?

Answer: It’s a flour duster. You use it to sprinkle flour across your work surface. You can use it to dust powdered sugar over cookies & what-not, too

Leopard_Luver Report

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

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.

zibbyboo Report

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

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.

cyn__sin Report

What Is This Oddly Terrifying Creature?

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.

edificeraks Report

Found This In My Wallet. I Believe I Was Given The $10 Bill As Change. It Was Glued To The $20 Bill At Both Ends

Answer:  It’s a magic prop for a trick in which one bill is turned into another

FearsAndWishes Report

Prehistoric Parasite Attempting To Escape From Its Host As It Is Drowning In Amber

Answer:  It’s a fungus Ophiocordyceps, probably an earlier ancestor.

tandavinci Report

What Is This? It Flashes Every Time An Ambulance Speeds By. They Are All Over My City

Answer:  It picks up a strobe light on emergency vehicles and then will flash to let them know that their light is green and all other directions are red. E: to clarify the strobe is IR and at a specific frequency and flashing the high beams won’t work. If you are caught with an MIRT you are likely to face very serious (felony) consequences.

abi_sue97 Report

Any Idea What This Is? It’s My Grandmother's, It Has Two Clips And It Spins

Answer: It’s known as a ‘fringe twister’, in this case a double since it can do two strands at once

kaisydaisy93 Report

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

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.

Sqwertyrl Report

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

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

Burned_Hare Report

This Thing Stared At Me In A Store For Three Years Until I Bought It. It Has Always Been Known As “Chicken Man”

Answer:  Design Toscano Canterbury Tales Chanticleer Rooster Bank, 7 Inch, Faux Gold

RealSetteal Report

Someone Put This On My Door Handle. I Understand It Is A Rubber Duck But Why Did They Put It On My Door Handle? What Is The Meaning? Any Significance?

Answer:  It’ds called “duck duck jeep”. Many times they’ll have a tag on the duck saying so. I got my first one in a lowes parking lot a few weeks after my mother died and was in a major funk. Made me smile.
8hundredpounds:
Rubber ducks on jeeps is a thing among owners.

BlueDreamStoner Report

What Is This Thing On My Airbnb Oven?

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

BlevDogg Report

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

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

cache_ing Report

Why Did They Do This To These Trees?

Answer:  Its because they sprayed the trees with an insecticide that was intended to kill aphids, which were dropping a sap onto cars parked underneath the trees. It unintentionally killed thousands of bees so they wrapped a netting over the trees to prevent more from landing in and on the trees.

JAMbruz Report

Caught In Florida Years Ago. Found In Camera. (We Did Release It)

Answer:  I believe this is a moray eel, belly up, with the hook going through its lower jaw. It is hard to see one of its eyes in this photo but I think I can just make it out.

MrGaber Report

What Is This Thing That Showed Up In My Yard?

Answer:  It’s a stinkhorn. The tip smells like rotten meat to attach flies and spread the spores. It’s hollow. Don’t let your dog need it. My dog ate on. Took him to the vet. Dr. Said my dog was tripping off the mushroom. He was fine after a day of observation.

DamienL1213 Report

What The F**k Is This Thing? My Friend Found It In His Yard

Answer:  Clathrus ruber is a species of fungus in the family Phallaceae, and the type species of the genus Clathrus. It is commonly known as the latticed stinkhorn, the basket stinkhorn, or the red cage, alluding to the striking fruit bodies that are shaped somewhat like a round or oval hollow sphere with interlaced or latticed branches.

themuritooo Report

This Was Given To Me As A Gift

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

ilovemuesli Report

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

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

ImObviouslyOblivious Report

Figurine Found Buried Under A Tree In Alberta

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.

Dazieblue123 Report

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

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

MeowBerkeley Report

Saw This While Flying In Arizona. What Is This Line On The Ground?

Answer:  It’s major power lines. If you can zoom in you can just barely make out some of the towers. They clear out vegetation to make them more accessible and to remove potential hazards to the lines.

00sevenmagic Report

Found In Hotel Room

Answer:  Morse code. “PLEASED TO MEET YOU HOPE YOU GUESS MY NAME” [repeated 4 times]

Sergsta Report

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

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

NutellaGood Report

Found By A Tree. Took Boy Home

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.

latinavelma Report

The Nz Police Sent Me This Pen In A ‘Anti-Burglary’ Kit. It Might Just Have No Ink Accidentally, But Maybe It Has A Purpose?

Answer:  It should be an invisible ink, shows up under UV light.

neurojar Report

Friend Found In Her Yard - Brisbane Australia

Answer:  That look like a hand grenade. I would advise calling the authorities to make sure.

SirSwagger97 Report

What Kind Of Lizard Is This? It Refuses To Leave My Hand And I’m Not Sure How To Help It (I Live In Central Florida)

Answer:  Caribbean House Gecko. Very common in Florida. They’re nocturnal, so if it’s out during the day then it’s probably stressed. Just put him somewhere dark and warm for now.

itsjustrem Report

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?

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

Kappa9989 Report

Came Home To Find This Device Attached To My Front Door Covering The Key Lock. What Is It And What Should I Do? Is It Safe To Open? Who Would Have Installed It?

Answer: We’ve removed the device. It’s an anti lock device to pull out or detach locks so it was an attempted burglary. Thankfully they weren’t able to enter. The police will attend in the morning

soupywarrior Report

This Thing Has Been Flying Around Terrorizing Me (Chicago If That Helps)

Answer:  Praying Mantis. To be specific, that’s a Chinese mantis. Not native to the US, but was brought over to help farmers by eating pests.

Nervous-Half-7436 Report

A Little Cup Filled With Sand That You Can Smooth Out With A Flattening Tool

Answer: I believe that is a bowl filled with ash from burnt incense. The tool used here to smooth the top of the ash is called an incense ash press tool.

VillaVanillaFox Report

This Was In My Bathroom, Is A Scorpion?

Answer: It’s not technically a scorpion but, they are called whip scorpions

unomhh Report

Found It At An Old Cell Phone Tower Site I Worked At, Any Ideas?

Answer:  Orgone pyramid, used for energy transformation/EMF generator/useful for meditation and all sorts of other spiritual/meta-physic things

astro_flow Report

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

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.

reddit.com Report


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