Dude's 11 Best What Is This Thing? Challenges of 2020
I ran Dude's first What Is This Thing? challenge in August 2019. Since then I've found 72 more strange or puzzling products online to feature in the weekly visual riddle series, and honestly, it hasn't been that hard. There is a lot of weird, or at least weird-looking, shit out there.
For those who aren't familiar with What Is This Thing?, it's pretty simple: one photo; 3 hints; and one question: what is this thing?
The photo above is the original What Is This Thing? entry from August 10, 2019. Note this is a closeup of one end of the product. The other end is just an extension of the blue shaft, and is capped off flat with a piece of the yellow plastic. Here are its hints:
- It is a standalone product, not a piece of something larger.
- It has a single, specific application.
- It comes in 4 different lengths.
Think you got it (or give up)? Click here for the OG What Is This Thing? answer.
And then enjoy the roundup of Dude's 11 best What Is This Thing? challenges of 2020.
E22: What Is This Thing?
Hints: 1) Your mama and her wisdom would not approve; 2) It is used on the human body; 3) If you really need one, you probably haven't heard about it already.
E34: What Is This Thing?
Hints: 1) It's one of those gifts that keeps on giving; 2) It's ready for some wrist action; 3) It will come in handy on nights you and your peeps want to band together.
E35: What Is This Thing?
Hints: 1) Some of you will love what it's used for, others will need to fight back your gag reflex; 2) It puts slippery little suckers in their place; 3) Aw, shucks.
E46: What Is This Thing?
Hints: 1) I feel like Gwyneth Paltrow would include it in her survival kit; 2) It's a quantifier; 3) It likes carbo-loading.
E48: What Is This Thing?
Hints: 1) It stands up on its own to be extra hygienic; 2) It's flexible so it can handle an entry at any angle; 3) It's an autonomous activity trainer.
E56: What Is This Thing?
Hints: If you think it looks like a torture device, you are not far off, my friend; 2) It's an advocate of the Band-Aid proverb; 3) When things get hairy it springs to action.
E59: What Is This Thing?
Hints: 1) It's happy to be your blocker; 2) But it's gonna glom onto your buddy John; 3) It's a big fan of golden showers.
E63: What Is This Thing?
Hints: 1) It makes an awkward task a little easier and more maneuverable; 2) It's a pocket-sized tool for a roof-of-the-car sized object; 3) It rolls so you can slide.
E70: What Is This Thing?
Hints: 1) It's about 4" long; 2) Put it in your toilet and you'll ruin it. I mean, I'd never use it again anyway; 3) Not that it matters. I think I'd rather go blind than try it.
E72: What Is This Thing?
I think this might be my favorite edition of What Is Thing?
Hints: 1) It's a great gift for kids whose parents you want to annoy; 2) Not recommended for use when you have a cold; 3) It's happy to pitch in on a quiet day.
E74: What Is This Thing?
E74 is a brand new edition of What Is This Thing? I found just for this collection of 2020's best. Enjoy!
Hints: 1) It is 2 separate pieces, and only the long one is functional. So, no, it's not a lever for a trap door that sends ornery guests and misbehaving to a dungeon in your basement; 2) It's a classy gift for Dad...and classy way to tell him he's getting old.; 3) It gives a hand to your feet.