Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by serenesam, Jul 8, 2018.

1. ### sideshowbobSorry, wrong number.Valued Senior Member

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Actually, two provices west OF Toronto. (I realize that Torontonians consider everything west of Yonge Street to be "western Canada". They might be surprized to find out how far west it actually goes.)

3. ### DaveC426913Valued Senior Member

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5. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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Three-eyed marine predator's brain preserved in 500-million-year-old fossils the Cambrian Period

https://amp.abc.net.au/article/101217790

How many eyes would the offspring one of these one eyed purple people eater and a three eyed Cambrian Period Stanleycaris hirpex?

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8. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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Anybody have any idea what this is please?

It appears to be some sort of pocket pen torch with the clip and it does have bulbs at both ends. The left hand side has a button switch I presume is on/off and the section can be detached with a quarter turn. Has a key hole type of attachment arrangement

The bottom end, I'm calling bottom from the clip orientation, flips open and there is a bulb in the body of the item

The small detached part has two screws which I'm guessing allows access to the battery inside the detached part

The large section shows two srews and again guessing allows access to the battery inside the large section for the bulb under the flip lid

Have no idea or memory of when, where or how I acquired it and apart from guessing it some sort of pocket torch the oddness of its construction has me baffled

Anyone who can enlighten me as to its purpose please do - thanks

9. ### RainbowSingularityValued Senior Member

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infa red torch ?

10. ### SeattleValued Senior Member

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Its purpose it to emit light, in a compact form that can be clipped to your pocket when not in use.

What is so odd that is baffling you?

11. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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Possible but doubtful. I've not seen it turned on since the battery is lifeless but the bulbs look like those ones with a clear magnifying tip of clear glass

12. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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Its construction. Why does it have a small detachable part at one end? Why the odd key method of attach / detach? Why a bulb at both ends? Why the bottom bulb is under a flip up cover? Why is there there no plug in socket to recharge the battery inside? Why do you need a screwdriver to dismantle both parts to replace the batteries inside each part?

13. ### SeattleValued Senior Member

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Is the battery built-in or is it replaceable? What kind is it? Are you sure it's rechargeable? Is the bulb on the bottom just a spare bulb?

Does the "front" have a reflector and does the main bulb go though the cutout to go into the reflector?

Do you have any way of making it work? Put in new batteries or recharge the old one?

14. ### Neddy BateValued Senior Member

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Did you find it on a day ending in "y" ??

Have you tried throwing it away?

Does it come back to attack you like "the blob" ??

Did it try to take your arm off?

15. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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Is the battery built-in or is it replaceable?

Apparently yes built in - no idea if replaceable - might be of an specialist type made just for this item and reorder as required

Is the bulb on the bottom just a spare bulb?

I think I would have twigged spare bulb

Does the "front" have a reflector and does the main bulb go though the cutout to go into the reflector?
See for yourself

The cut out, I takes it you mean this, is at the base of the small section and attaches to the main section with the key on the main section

Do you have any way of making it work? Put in new batteries or recharge the old one?

19. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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OK I pulled it apart and it got a little bit weirder

No sign of any sort of battery inside, The long screw (2) screws into (1)

When the screw was removed was able to push through a hole above 3 and the innards slid out

Now does not want to go back together plus was a faint mist coming off 1

1 did not feel hot to touch, no smell of burning

Please anybody what is it? It is now 1//2 passed midnight and I'm going to bed hoping to get answers when I wake up

20. ### sideshowbobSorry, wrong number.Valued Senior Member

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Somebody thought it was a good idea at the time. Since nobody else has seen one, it appears to be a failed invention that didn't catch on. (The rest of the first production run is sitting in the back of a warehouse in China.)

21. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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Don't think it is an invention as such ie I think it was made for some specific purpose

What purpose? No idea

Going to phone Darwin University and see if anybody can identify this item

Might pass it onto the local museum

22. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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Well I sent an enquiry email to Darwin University along with the photos

Thank you very much for your email- what an interesting find!

Unfortunately, here at CDU Student Central we aren't able to provide any guidance to you about this.

A local electrical goods/ hardware store might be able to provide some assistance in working out what it is perhaps - I'm sure there would be one close by that could offer some advice.

Best of luck!

23. ### DaveC426913Valued Senior Member

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It is a butane-powered torch.

The white vessel is the butane reservoir. The "mist" was escaping butane.
It has a refill valve next to the "key":

Nozzle:

It is difficult to determine what functions it has without further clarification.
It could be a butane flashlight.
It could be a heat gun.
It could be a combination flashlight and butane lighter.

1. Is it only a lighter, or is there a flashlight feature as well?
2. Are the "bulbs", as you call them, actually LEDs, or plain glass? **
3. Do the bulbs actually have a battery source (such as button batteries)?
4. Is the dish a perforated screen, or merely stamped metal? **
5. Is the dish actually a "mantle" for the flame (like in a Coleman lantern)? **

Some of these possibilities seem to be mutually exclusive. If the parabolic dish serves as a mantle, then it couldn't also be a reflector dish for the LED at the same time, because the LED would melt. However, the modular design seems to hint that it could be reconfigured to either LED mode or butane mode as-needed.

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This is superficially similar, though not the same functionality: