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What's This Weird "Tool" Just Unearthed in a Time Capsule From 1927?

What's This Weird "Tool" Just Unearthed in a Time Capsule From 1927?

As promised, that church in Jonesboro, Arkansas opened their mysterious 1920s time capsule this past Sunday. There were some of the usual suspects inside: some coins, some old newspapers... and some weird doublefork thing that has no explanation.

Seriously, what the hell is that thing? I wouldn't be so interested in it if the local news didn't just gloss over it so quickly. They called it "some sort of tool nobody could identify."

Maybe it's obvious to someone else, but I have no idea what that thing could be. I feel like the Little Mermaid or something trying to figure out if I should use it to comb my hair or trap a wild animal. So I toss it to you, dear readers. What the fudge is this thing, and should we be worried that it's cursed (church grounds and whatnot)? Should we worship it as our new god just to be safe? [KAIT]

This article originally appeared at Gizmodo.

What Did "Automatic" Mean To The Futurists of Yesterday?

What Did "Automatic" Mean To The Futurists of Yesterday?

Remember the Year 2000, When We All Wore Radio Antenna Hats? 1939 Does

Remember the Year 2000, When We All Wore Radio Antenna Hats? 1939 Does