Guess What Article for March 2007
By Bob Cahn, “The Primitive Man”
Form, function and design – frequent ingredients of the Guess What formula. One might say one of the standard trade mark mantras, and this one’s got it.
Ever come across a garden rake after being the victim of a tornado? Well, now you have. Made in Italy – but its use is universal. It has seven sections of cast aluminum teeth topped by a pommel. Handle or pedestal? Your call!
Landscaper’s small plot aerator or office desk rubber stamp stand? Preliminary possibilities. Other contestants for consideration: horse groomer’s tail untangler, massage therapist’s lower back muscle stimulator, or maybe a backyard clothesline prototype.
To guide your guess, some size references: diameter 7-1/2 inches, teeth 1/2 inch high; pommel knob 1-1/2 inches in diameter; height 2-7/8 inches; arms 3 inches long.
Now for the top ten (with answer included):
- Architect’s circular horse barn stall mock-up planner
- Snail steeplechase obstacle course starting gate and lane separator
- Early post office master pen holder
- Wallpaper designer’s dot stippler
- Elevator cigarette sand receptacle butt sifter
- Master chef’s spaghetti lifter
- Earthworm bait farm night crawler harvester
- Restaurant pie portion segmenter
- Nike tennis shoe lace drying rack
- Pizza parlor dough extender.
Next month is answer time. See you then!*
*From Mike Goodman, the “King of Stuff’s” insane collection of inanities, Townshend, VT.
Answer to February’s Guess What?
Having a tray to surround a cutting device means you want to catch every crumb. In the late 18th century, sugar (which frequently came in a cone configuration) was extremely costly and valuable and you didn’t waste a bit. Some wealthier families had devices with built-in drawers for catching and storing the scattered leftovers.*
*Available for acquisition.