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April 16, 2011

Name the Thing Contest – 171

at 11:53 pm. Filed under Contests


The prize this week is a loupe magnifier, this will let you get a close look at whatever you are working on. This contest will run for one week (April 16 – 22, 2011). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item pictured above.

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.


Added June 9, 2011

The item to guess was Mercury Switch

The winner is Mattew R. (there were 152 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.


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20 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 171”

  1. Noah Says:

    Back when electricity was used to ‘cure’ all kinds of illness, this was used as the first tongue depressor.

  2. tim Says:

    its a old fashion *** ***

  3. Arjoon Says:

    i just dismantled it big p………..r and found this p….r h,,,,,r

  4. Mike Says:

    “To enter, identify the molecule pictured above.”

    Erm, strangest looking molecule I’ve ever seen lol

  5. Alan Parekh Says:

    Thanks Mike,

    Cut and paste did me in…

  6. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Tim,

    Please use the email address listed to enter.

  7. Nardella Says:

    I would really appreciate it if you would post the answer to these challenges on the main page once the contests are over.

  8. Ed Says:

    Hi Alan, I like others have trouble finding the answers to this contest after you post them.I see links for previous contests but not the most recent one? The links show contests numbered in 2 digits while this one is #171. Could you maybe post a link for answers to the most recent i.e. last contest. If you’ve explained this already please forgive me.
    Thanks, ed

  9. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Ed and Nardella,

    That is a common comment I will need to make an easier way to know when the old contests have been revealed. You can click on the contest category for now and it will be easy to find but there is no automatic way to know when the winner has been announced and the answer has been posted.

  10. Nardella Says:

    Is there a reason you do not post to the blog when one of these contests is complete? When I visit this site the blog is the only thing I look at.

  11. Pouncer Says:

    Oh come on now. No comments about it being a modern version of the flux capacitor? I’m so very disappointed.

  12. HHH Says:


    Ok: It’s a modern version of the flux capacitor.

  13. Rod Says:

    It’s a football with wheels.

  14. craig Says:

    this is a burned out halogen light bulb.

  15. jane jakins Says:

    a light bulb

  16. Mark Says:

    …its the ship from THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY…
    (damn…im showing my age again)

  17. Igor Says:

    It’s a baby T-1000

  18. Pouncer Says:

    Awesome! lol

  19. Scott Lowery Says:

    an old fashioned television tube.

  20. Alan Parekh Says:

    Winner announced, sorry for the delay.

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