Photo of a small metal household utensil flummoxes Facebook users, with guesses including a guitar plectrum, a bottle opener or a tick remover – so, do you know what it is?
- Facebook user David Sweeney teased with an image of the small metal object
- He asked fellow users to share the snap if they knew what it was – but not say
- The post has since had 209,000 shares, with many admitting they’re clueless
- Those in the know said the item had saved their temper on many occasions
It’s a small, simple utensil that can save hours of frustration to carry out a task that is famously tricky.
However, when Facebook user David Sweeney posted a photograph of it on Facebook asking fellow users if they knew what it was, the snap quickly went viral.
He asked people to share if they knew what it was but not reveal – and around 209,000 people have since seen the image of the object, which is about the size of a British ten pence coin and was first invented around 100 years ago.
Any ideas? This photo of a small metal utensil, which was invented around the 1900s and can save hours of frustration, has gone viral after many people didn’t know what it’s used for
Plenty of people hazarded a guess as to what the device, which has a head embossed on the circular part and carries a ‘Germany’ stamp on it, might be used for.
Responses included a bottle opener, a mechanism for removing ticks or even a guitar plectrum.
GlennTracey Lambert wrote: ‘My son thought it was a bottle opener. Lol’
Lee Gaffney added: ‘Had to tell/show my wife and a 50-year-old woman what it was and do with it! Been using one since I was 18!’
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Ready for the big reveal? The item is a needle threader, commonly in use as a way of helping people who sew to avoid not being able to get a thread of cotton through the eye of a needle.
The device was first patented in America at the beginning of the 20th century making the concept around 120 years old.
Herman Trzeciak’s model was patented in 1924 and Carl J. Schuster’s design followed in 1945; they were commonly given away with sewing kits in hotels to help guests repair garments without the turmoil of having to thread a needle.
Kasia Radomska Goraj posted a photo of the needle threader in action, showing how the metal wire on the threader fits through the eye of the needle.
Kasia Radomska Goraj posted a photo of the needle threader in action (below), showing how the metal wire on the threader fits through the eye of the needle.
A thread is then placed in the loop of the metal before being pulled back through the eye ensuring the cotton follows and the needle is threaded easily.
Of course, there were plenty of people who not only knew what the item was but ‘used it every day.’
Kevin Duffy wrote: ‘The older you get the handier it is…’
Carol Worsley wrote: ‘It’s a needle threader. The more your eyes deteriorate, it saves your temper doing the same thing.’