Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Mystery #82


Do you know what this is? Post your guesses in the comments. I see it every day. I expect a lot of people see something similar.

12 comments:

Toby said...

I'm completely stumped. It looks to me like some kind of rivets in rusted metal. Maybe that'll help someone else...

Pete said...

No clue. . .yet. But I'm glad to see this return to the mystery photos.

Nicole P. said...

See, you made me think I was smart with the mushroom mystery!!! I knew that one immediately. This one is hard. I have no clue. If it we just one "thing" and they weren't covered with that misty looking stuff and rust underneath, I would say it looks kind of like the joystick on my camera.
I am going to stare at it for a while longer and see if anything comes to me.

Stanton said...

It's a cover on a water meter.

Maisyday said...

My best guess is a manhole cover.

Jerry Pennington said...

I was going to say manhole cover, too. Looks like it's been sprayed with paint like the utility companies often do to mark something

Heidi said...

I was going to say some sort of cover to a water hook-up??? Like on the side of a building???

Interesting mystery photo...

Pastor_Jeff said...

Looks like another version of tamper-resistant screws -- the kind you have to have a special screwdriver to turn.

Is the blue due to paint or lighting?

Rick Lee said...

Notice that Stanton said "It's a cover on a water meter."... not "IS IT a cover on a water meter?". He's not guessing. A while back the water company installed these remote transmitters on the meters so that the meter-reader just drives through the area and the meter communicates with his receiver via wireless. Those odd shaped things are the plastic antenna covers on the old-fashioned iron cover. For some reason, they sprayed blue paint on many of them.

Pastor_Jeff said...

But they could require a special screwdriver to remove, right?

Can you smell the desperation? Dang, I liked my guess.

Rick Lee said...

I wouldn't be surprised if there was a special tool for that, but it'd be a pretty big screwdriver since those heads are about 2 inches across.

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Nice site! Great photos and nifty mystery...