People Were Stumped by 10+ Odd Things They Saw, but the Internet Had the Answers

Have you ever come across something so odd or unusual that you were completely perplexed and unable to understand it or provide a logical explanation?

You’re not alone in trying to figure out what those strange things are, so don’t worry.

Be prepared to be amazed by the strange things that lie ahead!

Many people have come across mysterious phenomena or objects, only to find comfort in the vast internet, where inquisitive minds and experts come together to solve these mysteries.

The following section will outline 11 extraordinary encounters that people have had and reveal the insightful hypotheses advanced by the online community to explain these strange things.

Odd Things Under Lotion Bottles

 bottom of a lotion bottle

““What is this little ramp thingy on the bottom of a lotion bottle?” nohurrie32  replied: “It’s for the manufacturing of the product so that it can be turned while standing up.”

An odd little desk?

bed/lap desk

“What is this thing? The inside opens up to empty space, it’s disconnected from the desk below.” Reddit user crunchsmash said: “It’s a bed/lap desk. There’s supposed to be a metal bar underneath that slots into the wooden tray, so you can prop it up at different angles for reading and stuff”

A strange wall decoration

soap dish holder or toothbrush holder

“Found in a house we just bought. Made of metal and screwed into the wall, has a hole in the middle. Located in bathroom by shower.”

Luckily, Reddit user Happy_Cranker had the answer: “This is either a soap dish holder or toothbrush holder, but it’s missing the middle part that held the ring. Does that make any sense in the context of where it is located in the bathroom? Could have been a holder for a hand towel as well. I remember seeing these in houses from the 60’s and 70’s.”

Odd things in doors


“It’s called a ’speakeasy’ and it’s for talking to someone without having to open the door.” 3rdCoastTxn from Reddit replied to the question: “What is the purpose of this little door in the door?”

“My girlfriend brought it when we moved in. What is this?” It definitely tops the list of odd things we’ve seen.

abs exerciser

“It’s an abs exerciser.”

“Found in house during a remodel. It’s six inches long with a stone on the end. Google image search says it’s a pin but the end is dull. Any ideas?”

pipe poker tool

“Looks like a pipe poker tool for a pipe bowl.”


clothes pegs

“My clothes pegs are all individually numbered. Why is that?” Reddit user  3-cent-nickel knew why: “Different molds have different numbers so if they start coming out of the machine messed up, they can identify which mold needs replacing.


grave marker.

“What is this? Was doing some filling in the yard and found this. Wife says it’s a gravestone. I think it’s a survey marker.” According to kludge6730 from the Reddit thread:

That’s a grave marker. Not sure what the police might do unless you think there’s a grave on your property that you’ve uncovered. Worth a shot. Alternately perhaps an office of public health might be able to figure it out. In any case, it would be nice to ensure that a grave wasn’t dug up by a developer and the remains and someone just dumped as fill.”

More odd things on walls…

pool access alarm

“What is this thing on my wall with a round hole and a small screen inside?” Thankfully, hybroid knows exactly what these odd things are! “It’s a pool access alarm to detect if the gate door has been left open mostly so children or pets don’t wander in and potentially drown.”

Another bizarre find

cigar humidifier

“What is this box with arrows on it? Found after an event in our facility, it has no power, no plugs, just these arrows on the top of it.” Reddit user excalibur_301 seemed to have the answer to this one: “This is a cigar humidifier. You either put it in water or put moisturizer onto the arrows to fill it up, then place it in your cigar storage box to keep them humidified.

This one is a little scary!

DIY Allium flower

“Just bought a house, found this hidden inside the front bushes. Screws in a wooden ball, looks like a mace. What was/is this used for?”User HanakenVulpine  said:”There is/was a trend of making DIY Allium flowers out of recycled metal and other scrap.

Have you seen one of these odd things before?

Pocket glass cutter.

“What is this thing on this pocketknife? The first one has a little spinning thing. What is it for?” Reddit user WestChip4887  knew exactly what this was: “Pocket glass cutter.

Weird thing attached to a gate


“What is this thing bolted near the door of our garbage disposal area in Germany? It’s a bit bigger than my fist. It’s not a lock.” Don’t worry, Reddit user ruby_saves_the_day literally saved the day with her response: “It’s called a Schlüsselrohr. The dumpsters are probably locked to prevent dumpster diving and this contains the key.

There are many odd things out there and people are always seeking answers online. Have anything interesting lying around that you’ve pondered on, wondering what they may be? It’s time to climb onto Reddit and ask away. Who knows what you may have in your possession? Here are a few more examples below.