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March 14, 2009

Name the Thing Contest – 79

at 1:09 am. Filed under Contests

The prize this week is a loupe magnifier. This contest will run for one week (March 14 – 19, 2009) . Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item pictured above and give an example of what can be done with it.

Please do not give the answer in the comments. 

Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with "Name the Thing Contest" as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

  • The name of the item in the above picture
  • An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries.

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Added March 21, 2009

The item to guess was a Arithmometer Calculator

The winner is Almost T. (There were 59 entries)

Update – April 4, 2009

Almost There doesn’t need the prize and was nice enough to allow us to give it to someone else.

John K. is now the winner of this prize.

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Below is a picture of the prize.

 


 

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19 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 79”

  1. Pouncer Says:

    Sweet Jebus, I haven’t seen one of those in decades. lol

  2. Josh Says:

    Same here, Pouncer. My grandma had one that her father used. It’s long since been destroyed. Ah, memories!

  3. Almost_There Says:

    In my first job I had to use a more modern version of this basic contraption; after hours of repetitious work, one time I slammed the handle down hard to see how fast the thing could work and the Engineer I was working under had an absolute FIT… screaming and yelling at me, and telling me it cost as much as I was going to earn all Summer (hey, I was bored!)

  4. Pouncer Says:

    so in a sense you over-clocked it. lol

  5. Almost_There Says:

    >so in a sense you over-clocked it. lol

    You could put it that way (and you did); in reality, I was just venting frustration. Good thing those things were built with quality parts, or I would have jammed up all the gears and stuff.

  6. deepspace Says:

    its a old *****.

  7. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Deepspace,

    Please email in your guess.

  8. Ed Says:

    A *** *** machine, used for ****.

  9. Alan Parekh Says:

    Ed,

    Please send in your question via email.

  10. Josh Says:

    Hey, Alan, I have another thought about reducing the number of answers in the comments. How about pre-filling the comment box with comments along the lines of “Please email your answers.” That way, anyone sending in a comment would have to erase it, and, therefore, would have to read it first. I know it might be a hassle when it comes time for the “Name What It Isn’t” contest, but it might be worth it. Just my thoughts as there seems to be an increase in the amount of people guessing in the comments.

    I still think requiring a credit card to enter comments is a good idea though. 🙂

  11. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hey Josh,

    The credit card idea is still the best. I guess there should be a way to have it determine it the title of the post contains the string “Name the Thing Contest” and insert that text into the comment box. What I was wanting to do originally was to mark all the comments made in a post in the contest category with a requires moderation flag. But that would require lots work to have comments show up in a timely manner…

    As I am typing this I just thought of a third method that would not need any custom coding. I could enter all the phrases of the answer in the system moderation work list, I would need to change it every week but it should prevent the answer accidentally getting leaked.

  12. Pouncer Says:

    Can you set the comments to be moderated for specific articles? So for instance, either setup “no comments allowed” or comments on this article to be moderated. More work for you, but you would have the option of deleting comments before they’re seen.
    I know you can do this with Serendipity. (not sure what blog software you’re using here)

    Credit card eh? I’m sure that would actually hurt readership more. But it would certainly solve the comment problem. lol

  13. simon Says:

    Alan,

    What about making the leaving-a-reply-form as contest entry: Add a radio button with

    what do you want to do?
    o send your answer
    o post response

    (default to send your answer)

    In the first case send the answer to you, in the second post the response on this page.

  14. Josh Says:

    Oh, I like Simon’s idea, too. That’s a bit more interactive.

  15. Harry Says:

    Hell yeah i have one of these machines at home (just a litle bit newer 😉 )

  16. Alan Parekh Says:

    Winner announced.

  17. Almost_There Says:

    Alan;

    Thanks (it feels good to win something once in a rare while), but I’ll pass, I don’t need it. Feel free to chose someone else from the list of correct answers. (I have a Super Magnifier that stripped out of an over-head projector about 30 years ago; it fits my needs.)

    Good Luck;
    Almost_There

  18. Alan Parekh Says:

    That is mighty nice of you Almost There. The new winner will be announced this weekend.

  19. Alan Parekh Says:

    New winner announced. Sorry for the delay.

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