Whatchamacallit

Whatchamacallit

Bedspring duster is fairly useless today

Congrats to subscriber Martin Wedeking of Storm Lake for being the first person to correctly identify Friday’s Whatchamacallit. It’s a bedspring duster. In the past a box spring was not boxed in, and all the springs were exposed. The mattress was placed on top of it. As subscriber Netti Renshaw of Algona told us, “Cleaning the springs was a spring […]

Whatchamacallit

One of our readers thinks we can stump you with this odd item. What is it used for? Please email [email protected] or call 712-732-4991 with your answer. The first person with the correct answer wins a $5 gift certificate from Villager.

Whatchamacallit

Antique ballot box is a low-tech voting machine

Used by the Elks, Masons, Odd Fellows… Congratulations to James Cox of Marathon, the first person to correctly identify this Whatchamacallit, which appeared in Friday’s paper. The item pictured is an antique ballot box commonly used by organizations or clubs to vote for new members or rules. Stick a white marble through the hole to vote yes or a black […]

Whatchamacallit

Can you guess what this is? The wooden box has two doors. In the second photo, one of the doors is lifted, and as you can see there are marbles inside. The first person to correctly identify this item wins a $5 gift certificate to Pizza Ranch. Please email [email protected] or call The Storm Lake Times at 712-732-4991. Note: Tom […]

Whatchamacallit

Dave Bannister of Storm Lake is the first caller with the correct answer, and the winner of our latest Whatchamacallit. The object was a TV antenna rotator. By pushing the lever near the bottom, the antenna on the roof could be turned to better receive a signal. “I remember it as a kid,” said Dave. “My grandfather had one.” Dave’s […]

Whatchamacallit

This Whatchamacallit is so tough, we don’t know what it is. The wood and leather item was brought in by perplexed subscriber Josie Ellingson. Readers need to somehow prove what this thing is in order to win a $5 Pizza Ranch gift card. Educated guesses welcome. Please call The Storm Lake Times at 712-732-4991 or email [email protected].

It takes a cake

Congratulations to Esther Haahr of Newell, the first person to correctly identify last Friday’s Whatchamacallit. It’s a dessert caddy. (One caller called it a “cake taker.”) A cake fits in the center section, a pie in the bottom, more goodies can go under the lid. Esther said her mom had one of these in the 1950s. It was yellow with […]

Whatchamacallit

Do you know what this is? We found it at Heritage Midwest, an antique barn near Sioux Rapids. If you know call The Storm Lake Times at 712-730-4991 or email [email protected] First person with the right answer wins a $5 gift certificate to Dairy Queen.

Beware the cicada killer

Congratulations to Bruce Otto of Storm Lake, the first reader to correctly identify Friday’s Whatchamacallit as a cicada killer. He also knew what this nasty wasp is up to. She is digging a burrow a foot deep and building a nest chamber in there. She’ll capture a cicada, paralyzing it with a sting, drag it into the burrow and lay […]

Whatchamacallit

This bug was seen digging a hole in front of a home in Storm Lake. The first person to correctly identify it and why it is digging the hole wins our Whatchamacallit and a $5 gift certificate to Dairy Queen. Please call 712-732-4991 or email [email protected].