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Gloria Palmer from Madison, Wis., contributed this issue’s “What’s This?”

Found at the farm in Menomonie, Wis., the metal object is 11 inches long and 4.5 inches wide. Squeeze the two handles at the bottom and both ends open, and likewise release the handles and the ends close.

But why? Is there some reason the pear-shaped end on the left opens? Is it grabbing something? And on the right end, the pinchers open, apparently to grasp onto something. But what?

So, “What’s This?” And why does it do what it does?

Send your responses by Friday, June 14, to terry.anderson@lee.net or Terry Anderson, News Editor, Midwest Messenger, Box 239, Tekamah NE 68061.

Be sure to include your hometown. Your responses will run in our June 21 editions.