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Mysterious juicer thingSeveral days ago, Steven Bhardwaj showed up at my dorm with a strange object that he discovered at a flea market, which he felt compelled to give to me. It appears to be some sort of juicer, perhaps an orange juicer. If I had to hazard a guess at its operation, I think that you slice up an orange, place the slices in the hopper, and squeeze the juice into a cup placed under the funnel. This conclusion is strengthened by vaguely orange-colored stains on the base of the machine. Has anyone seen something like this before, who could confirm my theory?

If you look at the bottom of the object, there is a company logo that reads "ALCOA", and there is a patent number, "PAT. NO. DES.86217"... only problem is that searching for patent number 86217 on the USPTO website turns up a patent from the 1860s, and it doesn't appear to have anything to do with a juicer. The plot thickens...

UPDATE: That is because I should have been searching for patent # D86217! The D is important, apparently. If you go there and click on "images" you should be able to see pictures of my gadget!

UPDATE: Other pictures of the object can be found in the Flickr set Mysterious juicer thing.

At any rate, thanks for the juicer thingie Steve :-) It's always nice when old friends stop by... I hadn't talked to Steve in so long that I didn't know he had gotten engaged! Unfortunately I can't find the link now, but his proposal somehow made it onto Chinese TV, since he and his fiancee-to-be were in China at the time... intense. Apparently over in China, arranged marriages are still the norm, especially in rural areas, so an engagement is still something newsworthy, especially since foreigners are frequently newsworthy anyway, it seems.

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