MARCH 2001

OR 508-347-1960 
FAX: 508-347-1977

The Journal, P.O. Box 950, Sturbridge, MA  01566


Before or after, open or closed ó the photos of this monthís "Guess What" are extremely sharp in detail. Working the handles like a pliers enabled the inner series of ridges and spikes (not visible) to protrude or recede as manipulated. Well-made of nickel on brass, this piece was made in France ó which has nothing to do with its function or application. We will tell you itís a household item, and the room in which itís used is a partial clue. Size: 4" long by 1Ĺ" diameter.


We assigned our trusted "Committee for Consumer Standards" the task of coming up with possible alternative suggestions. Here are their findings:
1) Kielbasa sausage link tie-off marker
2) Teething ring for a baby piranha 
3) Ankle bracelet for masochists 
4) Plumberís pipe cutting working gauge 
5) Herpetologists snake venom milking de-vice 
6) Rind-piercing kitchen tool for easy tangerine peeling 
7) Instant injection pattern marker for mass production tat-tooing 
8) Garden hose sprinkler effect puncture tool 
9) Onion juicer and segment perforator 
10) Callous softener and tenderizer 
11) Asparagus stalk cut-off gauge 
12) Condom burst stress tester 
13) Carrot scraper 
14) Sesame seed harvester 
15) Celery stalk de-stringer 
16) Bull nose-ring installation pincers 
17) Cigar cutter.

Enough razzle dazzle for one session? Work hard at it ó and your efforts will be rewarded next month with the answer. Till then.

*Thanks to the inexhaustible Mike Goodman, collector, Massachusetts.


    Answer to February's Guess What..?

When it comes to mumbling and talking distinctly, it helps to have a set of teeth to form the various sound combinations. Without them, in the previous centuries, you found yourself helpless. In the case of food for the elderly (or the infant), there fortunately was a remedy: a masticator (see photo). This device was used to break up and pulverize for consumption ó foods that were too difficult to digest by the tender gums of the baby or the toothless gums of the geriatric. Using a scissor-like action, one would be able to prepare food for either circumstance.*

*available for acquisition