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Posted: 11/17/2011 12:55:09 PM EDT
I call on the collective genius of AR15.com

Background:

I found this item on the ground outside my job.

The item is metal and magnetic but not magnetized. Strangely it is more magnetic towards the ends.

It was found near a tree stump in North Durham, NC

And no I am not messing with you guys I have no idea what it is.



Link Posted: 11/17/2011 12:56:27 PM EDT
Possum Claw
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 12:57:07 PM EDT
cock spike
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 12:58:01 PM EDT
Hog ring.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 12:58:05 PM EDT
Its one of those oxe nose rings.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 12:58:17 PM EDT
Obviously that's a bone that's been knocked out of an Occuparasite's nose...
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 12:58:24 PM EDT
pertrified possum tail?
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 12:58:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JAMES77257:
Hog ring.


Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:01:04 PM EDT
petrified Alien pig dick
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:01:53 PM EDT
it appears to be made of metallic hydrogen.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:03:02 PM EDT
Will it blend?
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:04:44 PM EDT
Some kind or freakO goth bracelet?
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:05:09 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Mattsb2010:
Will it blend?


That is the question.


Seriously I have no clue.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:05:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CodyC99:
Possum Penis


Fixed it.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:05:52 PM EDT
Looks French
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:06:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:07:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:07:38 PM EDT
Looks like a tape measure.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:08:02 PM EDT
That's some X-files alien shit right there man! Run, muthafucka, RUN!!!

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Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:08:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:08:54 PM EDT
It's a pot hook. One end would hook under the handle of a cooking pot, and the other would hang it from the "crane" built into the side of the fireplace wall. Swing the crane out, hang the pot, swing the whole thing back into the fireplace.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:09:41 PM EDT
can it run doom 3?
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:10:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By tomrocks21212:
It's a pot hook. One end would hook under the handle of a cooking pot, and the other would hang it from the "crane" built into the side of the fireplace wall. Swing the crane out, hang the pot, swing the whole thing back into the fireplace.


Agree.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:12:03 PM EDT
Curved taper earring
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:15:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/17/2011 1:17:11 PM EDT by Dumpster_Baby]
http://midwestbushcraft.blogspot.com/2008/09/pot-hook.html

Yep, a pot hook.

Here's an improvised wooden one.

Pot Hook



This is an improvised pot hook that I made a while back. It is held together by placing a small wedge into a carved notch at the center of the two hooked pieces. The hooks are made from ironwood/hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) branches, and the wedge is chokecherry (Prunus virginiana).

The next time I make one of these I plan on using a much softer wood. The ironwood/hophornbeam was difficult to carve smoothly, and I think I could make something like basswood (Tilia americana) fit more tightly together. Also the ironwood/hophornbeam checked and warped so badly that the pot hook no longer stays together.

This was a really fun project to work on and helped to improve my dexterity with my knife. Let me know if you have tried anything similar to this, or if I motivate you to try something.



ETA

That didn't copy/paste worth a damn. Fixed it.

Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:16:10 PM EDT
Butt locking pin.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:19:11 PM EDT
anal anti rape device
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:19:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:22:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
I don't know about the idea of it being a pot hook. Google image of "pot hook" or "old pot hook" or "vintage pot hook" reveals nothing shaped like that. Also, it appears to not be close enough to a full circle to reliably hold a pot. Food was MUCH too valuable to put at risk of falling into one's fire.

I'd say the jury is still out.


How about Pot Hook- Failed Design.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:24:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dumpster_Baby:
http://midwestbushcraft.blogspot.com/2008/09/pot-hook.html

Yep, a pot hook.

Here's an improvised wooden one.

Pot Hook



This is an improvised pot hook that I made a while back. It is held together by placing a small wedge into a carved notch at the center of the two hooked pieces. The hooks are made from ironwood/hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) branches, and the wedge is chokecherry (Prunus virginiana).

The next time I make one of these I plan on using a much softer wood. The ironwood/hophornbeam was difficult to carve smoothly, and I think I could make something like basswood (Tilia americana) fit more tightly together. Also the ironwood/hophornbeam checked and warped so badly that the pot hook no longer stays together.

This was a really fun project to work on and helped to improve my dexterity with my knife. Let me know if you have tried anything similar to this, or if I motivate you to try something.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_u85pmgG0xh4/SMbaUaHuIwI/AAAAAAAAAFk/co_9PhvUqO4/s320/Pot+hook+complete.JPG

ETA

That didn't copy/paste worth a damn. Fixed it.



You gotta wonder why it wouldn't have been easier to "train" some branches to the correct curves for common utensils like this. Seems like a couple of minutes work would get you a bunch of hooks you could use in a year or so. Maybe, anyway.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:27:01 PM EDT
Rosie O'Donnell's nipple ring.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:29:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wingnutx:
Rosie O'Donnell's nipple ring.


Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:30:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
I don't know about the idea of it being a pot hook. Google image of "pot hook" or "old pot hook" or "vintage pot hook" reveals nothing shaped like that. Also, it appears to not be close enough to a full circle to reliably hold a pot. Food was MUCH too valuable to put at risk of falling into one's fire.

I'd say the jury is still out.


You're probably right. Maybe the 'smith dropped it before he was finished Maybe it was a hook for hanging tack, or a lantern, up in the barn? Kinda heavy for that, though.

Might be a hoof pick, might be some kind of dog for holding wood in place while it's being worked. Never seen a dog or hold-down that was that radiused, not sure.

Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:30:34 PM EDT
Looks like a chain repair link that failed under a load.

Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:31:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:31:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By maleante:
Originally Posted By wingnutx:
Rosie O'Donnell's nipple ring.



OK, it's her guiche ring.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:32:05 PM EDT
Looks like a piece of broken coil spring.

They are wound like that.

The tapered ends are what throws me off.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:38:50 PM EDT
Yeh...I would say it's an ANCIENT chain repair link...somebody probably tried to pull an engine..or pull out a stuck vehicle with 'granpa's' old wrought iron hog-hanging chain.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:39:51 PM EDT
Dang, where'd you find that? Sex hasn't been the same since it blew off. Gotta remember to stay away from the little blue pills . . .
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:41:32 PM EDT
Alien poop
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:42:27 PM EDT
Primitive caltrop?
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:47:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AR4U:
Half of a primitive caltrop?

FIFY
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:50:15 PM EDT
prostate tickler, give it a whirl
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:50:43 PM EDT
pot hook FTW
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:55:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JAMES77257:
Hog ring.


That's my guess too. One that was either never used, or one that opened up under too much stress.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:56:49 PM EDT
Pig nose ring, kept them from rooting.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 1:59:01 PM EDT
That'll fit in my septum, can I have em?
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 2:00:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SGocka:
Looks like a tape measure.


Link Posted: 11/17/2011 2:01:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wingnutx:
Rosie O'Donnell's nipple ring.


Please seek help.
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 2:12:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/17/2011 2:13:35 PM EDT by NoFnNamesLeft]
Are there any wear/tooling marks?
Does the outside part of the tapered portion look like it was worn to that shape?
Might it be part of a drag mat for smoothing roads?
Part of a tire chain set for equipment?
Link Posted: 11/17/2011 3:18:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wingnutx:
Rosie O'Donnell's nipple ring.


So it is a hog ring!
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