What Is It? #10

What Is It? #10

What Is It? #10

Well, once more it’s that time of the week – the time we ask you the age-old question: What Is It? Admittedly, throughout the ages it’s been applied to grandiose things like planets, comets and tiny tiny dogs (seriously, a pomeranian? What the hell IS that?), yet here at the MSS we use the question to usher in Prof. Dowling’s latest teasing photograph. As ever, tell us what you think this photo is.

Last week we showed you this photo, and asked you what it is. The answer? Pure fakery! Neither are penned by President Truman nor by founding father of the US,- Ben Franklin as they claim – instead they were penned by none other than Dr Joe Nickel of the Centre for Inquiry. Joe’s something of a skeptical hero, with having spent many decades and countlessTV appearances investigating paranormal claims.

A genuine Joe Nickel Fake

Winner this week was, well, no-one. The nearest was Jon D, who jokingly suggested the Franklin letter might be a fake expenses claim, although still penned by Franklin. No-one posted a right answer, in fact hardly anyone posted an answer at all this week! We are very disappointed. We’re crying but you just can’t see us.

We need to up the game. We mentioned pomeranians earlier. Right, for every What Is It that goes unanswered, we drown a pomeranian. Or at least hold one over some water. So, save the pomeranians and post your answers below…


  1. #1 by Calamity Kessel on April 17, 2010 - 11:21

    Looks like the business end of a temperature probe to me.

  2. #2 by philby63 on April 17, 2010 - 11:38

    It doesn’t matter what it is. I am just heavily in favour of the mild water torture of Pomeranians.

  3. #3 by Hugh Randolph on April 17, 2010 - 11:40

    Is it a submarine used to explore “frozen” lakes?

  4. #4 by Victoria on April 17, 2010 - 12:42

    Your fatal mistake- NO ONE likes pomeranians, you should try a more handome or loveable breed, Labradors, perhaps?

  5. #5 by Stu on April 17, 2010 - 13:01

    I hate lap dogs! Please destoy as many as you can (or give me a bell, I’ll be happy to do it for you).

    Some kind of probe I reckon. Or could it be a smaller version of the Amega Wand ay a nano level?

  6. #6 by Stu on April 17, 2010 - 13:06

    Sorry, I meant AT THE nano level.

  7. #7 by David Tellet on April 17, 2010 - 15:23

    Looks like one of those pill cameras for taking videos of your innards.

  8. #8 by Colin H on April 17, 2010 - 18:11

    Apologies and self-flagellation are in order for us here at the MSS. Turns out Hugh Randolph got last week’s competition correct via a tweet on Twitter. Congratulations, Hugh!

    Unfortunately, the threat against pomeranians still stands… time is ticking, folks!

  9. #9 by Adam Carmichael on April 17, 2010 - 19:14

    A super hot ice melter!

  10. #10 by Michael on April 17, 2010 - 21:04

    A copper banded armadillo?

  11. #11 by Michael Gray on April 18, 2010 - 03:19

    A semen container.

  12. #12 by Thomas on April 18, 2010 - 14:27

    It’s a Cryobot, a robot that can burn itself through thick layers of ice.

  13. #13 by mathew partridge on April 19, 2010 - 22:22

    Umm, spunk tube is my guess. Unless its some kind of particle detector?

  14. #14 by batarista on April 20, 2010 - 01:17

    Looks a bit like that unfortunately-named pedo toy that someone (@xtaldave? IIRC) spotted recently.


  15. #15 by Jon d on April 20, 2010 - 21:13

    A quack medical device… Possibly one designed to give simultaneous electric shocks and icewater enemas.

  16. #16 by Mathew Partridge on April 21, 2010 - 16:23

    @Jon d – umm ouch. Of course you can take it one step further and say it is a dry ice enema

  17. #17 by Jon d on April 22, 2010 - 01:26

    Is it the container of the ice core that once and for all totally disproves global warming, being hidden in area 51 by the shapeshifting reptilian overlords of the New World Order?

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