# What is it? XCIV

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Rob

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541.Some kind of heater or fan or blower? 542.Something used in ESP research or psychology? 544.Fishing reel
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539. This is used to determine the melting point of a solution. 540. It looks like a sample comtainer for transporting tubes of bloodwork but it seems small for that. Maybe for smaller items, like culture samples? 541. Desk mounted fan.

542. Cards used in ESP tests in the 1970s and in "Ghostbusters."

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541 looks very much like an electrical heater, but is rather small, according to the given size, so I suppose it has a very specific intended use. 542 is a card game and at least in Germany it is called "Sets". Each card has four different attributes: the color, number of symbols, symbol shape and kind of filling (empty, sparkled or solid). There are three different kinds of each attribute and the deck has 81 cards (all possible combinations). After placing 12 cards face up on the table as shown on the picture, the players should at the same time try to find a so called "set" among the shown cards. A set consists of three cards where all attributes are either equal or different on all three cars. On the shown picture, one set is the cards with three wavy, purple symbols:

- they all have the same color

- the number of symbols is the same

- the symbol shape is the same

- the filling is different on all three cards

Another possible set is the three bottom cards in the middle column. In that set, all attributes are different on all cards. When a player finds a set, he says "set" and can collect the three cards he has found. The empty locations on the table are filled with new cards and the game continues until the deck is complete and no more sets can be found among the remaining cards. The German cards are sligthly different, having rectangle, ellipsoid and wavy symbols instead of the symbols on the picture.

Tor

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"542 is a card game and at least in Germany it is called "Sets". "

Here in the US, its called "Set", but all the rest of the rules are the same.

541 looks like an air purifier. 544 is an old fly fishing reel

--humunculus

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Unknown wrote: >>,;539. This is used to determine the melting point of a solution. >

Right. Brain mixup. Meant "compound" not "solution."

--julie

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539. Cool bong. 540. Tube rack. Or loading block for ammo components. Or something. 541. Fan, heater, or air filter. 542. Cards. If you'll concentrate *reaaaally* hard... 543. Dunno, but I bet we're only seeing half of it. 544. Fly reel.
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I thought they were ESP testing cards. Silly me!

Cheers! Rich

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539: Klein Bong. ;-)
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And just how do you know WHAT a "Bong" is???

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You smoke "herbs" in a bong. Afterwards, you feel a bing, bang, or bong in your head.

Nick

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Close but not correct. This was used in organic chemistry to determine the melting point of solids. The sample was placed in a capillary tube and held near the point where the upper joint is. The tube was filled with oil and the bottom was heated with a Bunsen burner (gently) to slowly raise the temperature. A thermometer was placed next to the sample. You sit and watch until the sample melts. Repeat until you get consistent readings. As you might guess there is expensive equipment for that job now.

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539. Theile tube (or Theile-Dennis tube) for melting point determination. You put a sample in a capilary tube attached to a thermometer in top, fill with mineral oil, and apply heat (bunsen burner) just below loop. Sample must be located between ends of loop, and main portion of tube must be vertical.

540. Pellet press

541. Some sort of fan, possible with a heater or an ion generator (to reduce static electricity)

542. card game, like Old Maid or Go Fish

543. Uphostery hammer. Metal edge used to mark out spacing for decorative tacks

544. Fishing reel

545. OH! I aw one of those yesterday!
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544 is an English style Carp fishing reel.

Darrell

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535 is car battery terminal cleaner

Darrell

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541 - Car window defroster. Used to have a very similar item when I was young in a 68 Bonneville. Heater motor went out and I couldn't afford a new one, so \$5.00 at K-Mart got a 12v defroster. Never did work very well...
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I stand partially corrected. #544 is an old (1950's) Allcock Centrepin casting reel. They still make them today (most common brand is 'Alvey'): the reel twists at 90-degrees so the line falls off the reel more easily when casting, then twists back to the standard position for retieval. Great for long distance casting, as there is no drag when the line is going out. Do you own this reel, or was it just a picture you took? If it's the 'Flick-em Perfection" model, its worth about \$160.

--riverman

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What, you've never seen a Cheech & Chong movie? ;-)

Cheers! Rich

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You know, there are some folks on these newsgroups young enough that they are going to ask who Cheech and Chong are (were). :-(

Nope, unfortunately, I'm not one of 'em (that young that is).

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