Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What is THAT??

It's a new series here at Tetanus Burger, that's what. In which we post pictures of things our dad saved that we cannot for the life of us identify, and open up the floor to guesses, or, if you prefer, elaborate fictions; don't be shy! Our first contestant:

It's a jelly-jar (an apple-plum jelly-jar, to be precise) full of these, well, tiny little thingies. They're about three-sixteenths of an inch long and shiny silver. They look like little grommets, or hollowed-out rivets, but damned if we can figure out what you'd use them for. And there are I imagine thousands of them in this jar:

And a close-up:

I am tempted to offer the jar of thingies as a prize to the person with the most reasonable (or amusing) guess; but that would just be mean. You don't want this crap.


Anonymous said...

They appear to me to be the little grommets that are used with hand grommet setting pliers. However, these belonged to a hoarder, therefore they have uses that range far beyond that for which they are originally intended. My guess is wampum. You never know when you need 'currency' to mark exchanges for engagement, marriage, and betrothal agreements, as well as for other ceremonies -- ceremonies such as successfully cleaning out a hoard after years of toil. They can be tossed into the air ceremonially, much like you would throw rice or confetti at weddings. Gosh, I think you and your sis had better hang onto these -- just in case.

Thalia said...

Oh man they'd cover the ground like caltrops! Not a happy thing to step on barefoot; they'd take little core samples.

It's all wampum (money, value), isn't it?

They are awfully small; if they're hand grommets they're for dolls' clothes.

MissSpottyJane said...

Wow, that's a stash. It looks like you do have some mini eyelets/grommets. They were probably meant for leather working.

You could make your own corset with a strip of Naugahyde. Or open a dog collar factory.

Anonymous said...

I think they are pop rivets.

Anonymous said...

I have no idea wtf those are.

But, on a side note, you could probably dump the metal parts into the recycling bin if your town does curbside recycling. The jar could also go in the recycling.

Or just throw it out if that is easier. Whatever. It's just stuff. ;-)

Zoltana Domotor said...

mini silver maccheroni!

Thalia said...

Mmmm, crunchy.

Mr. Shiny and New said...

They look like rivets to me, and as such, would be useful if you had a rivet gun and some things that needed to be permanently attached together. I used some on a dust-pan made of sheet-metal that I made in shop class in Grade 8. You could use them as fancy staples, I guess.

Anonymous said...

What does it say on the lid of the jar? Musselman's? You need to be a muscle man to open the jar? (in which I can expect the lid letting go all of a sudden and thousands- nay - millions of tiny rivets/grommets going everywhere. Fun!