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September 17, 2010

GazoPa — Reverse image search on steroids

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Unlike TinEye, which some readers use to try and suss out my "What is it? feature, GazoPa goes beyond the all-or-nothing "No match found" and produces page after page of "best match" photos.

Very impressive and interesting.

Rex Hammock sent me a few photos of a mystery object (top) yesterday with a request for help identifying it.

I failed but did find this:

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on the second page of my GazoPa search.

Anyone have any clues as to what the mystery object up top is?

Rex wrote, "I can describe it this way: it looks exactly like an innertube but it's made out of stainless steel. It is hollow and floats and probably fell off a boat, as it was found along a shore in Maine, according to the guy who had it hung up in his garage."

"When I asked him what it was, he said, 'I have no idea.'"

The outside diameter of Rex's mystery object is about 17" and its inside diameter about 8".

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Amazing, Joe. A google search of "exhaust donut" led to this page that is precisely what the object is: http://secure.chassisshop.com/partlist/5845/ A definite winner. Thanks for help in solving this mystery -- and the experiment in recognizing the limitations of visual search -- and how crowd-sourced search is the only answer, sometimes.

Posted by: Rex | Sep 22, 2010 12:36:46 PM

It's a "doughnut" which is used when making custom exhaust pipes. It's cut into whatever length needed to form part of the overall pipe. Usually you will use a combination of "U" bends, straight pipes, and doughnuts to make up the individual sections of the pipe, all of which are first tacked, then seam welded.

Posted by: Joe | Sep 21, 2010 5:54:18 PM

I like the torodial lpg tank suggestion so much, I think we'll declare a winner even if that's not it. Just learning there's a word "torodial" made this experiment worth it. Thanks, Joe and everyone.

Posted by: Rex | Sep 20, 2010 3:35:05 PM

I like the torodial lpg tank suggestion so much, I think we'll declare a winner even if that's not it. Just learning there's a word "torodial" made this experiment worth it. Thanks, Joe and everyone.

Posted by: Rex | Sep 20, 2010 3:35:05 PM

Hi Joe,

with some certainty I can guess this is an unfinished toroidal tank for LPG storage. Back on the Old Continent people use them to convert their vehicles to run on liquid power gas:

http://www.google.pl/images?um=1&hl=pl&biw=1263&bih=868&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=toroidal+lpg+tank&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Posted by: Tomasso | Sep 20, 2010 1:52:38 PM

If you have a powerful enough telescope you will see it's,

the small spare tire (spacesaver)of the lunar rover!

Did you get the pun?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spare_tire

Posted by: Joe Peach | Sep 18, 2010 12:26:55 AM

Hemorrhoid pillow for Robby the Robot.

Posted by: jim` | Sep 17, 2010 7:36:31 PM

"The outside diameter of Rex's mystery object is about 17" and its inside diameter about 8". "

This can hardly be any form of life preserver-

It doesn't appear to have ever been in water, fresh or salt.

Posted by: Julian Embry | Sep 17, 2010 7:36:31 PM

re: O-pipe

Perhaps the second photo, the one that Gazapo returned, could be such a pipe. But the top photo is the mystery item and it has no opening, but is a hollow metal floatable ring. The current best guess or suggestion (in my opinion) is that it is a core part of a marine life buoy or life ring. This social search exercise is pretty fun.

Posted by: Rex Hammock | Sep 17, 2010 7:02:59 PM

Duh.. it's an O-Pipe...

http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3

Posted by: Rocketboy | Sep 17, 2010 5:56:44 PM

Torus

Posted by: Julian Embry | Sep 17, 2010 2:55:40 PM

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