Now for today’s edition of,
What the Hell is THIS?

Before I get to today’s post I have to announce the winner of Friday’s “Caption This Contest.”

It is my pleasure to announce the winner of absolutely nothing other than the title of WINNER, is …

Aimee!  Whose quote to accompany the parked flatbed truck full of Christmas Trees was …

“Stymied, the driver finally stopped to ask for directions. His GPS had apparently never heard of “Whoville.”

O.K.  Onto the post!


My mom has this in her kitchen drawer.

She doesn’t know what it is.

I don’t know what it is.

The fella doesn’t know what it is.

Do you know?

Welcome to today’s edition of …

Normally I wouldn’t bother you with something as trivial as this. I’d write an actual post. With accompanying pictures that didn’t look like they were taken with a homemade camera. But it’s been driving us crazy. Plus, I need to go on an all out hunt for pinecones today so I didn’t really have time for a post. Plus it’s been driving us crazy.

I think it has something to do with limes. I have absolutely no reason to think this other than the fact that the tool is green and so is a lime. Using the same reasoning it could also have something to do with a Boston Fern, cucumbers, mouldy bread or Kermit the Frog.

So … what would you call this if you were writing home?  Best guesses also accepted.



Aimee!  Whose quote to accompany the parked flatbed truck full of Christmas Trees …

“Stymied, the driver finally stopped to ask for directions. His GPS had apparently never heard of “Whoville.”


  1. Elen says:

    Are you sure it isn’t for getting burrs out of teacup dogs? ‘Cause, you know, it looks like it could be used for that. Just sayin’.

  2. Leena says:

    Could you slice a kiwi with it too? Or a boiled egg? Maybe it could also work as a whisk.
    Just brainstorming here incase all the avocado slicer answers are tiring you.

  3. Lynn says:

    It’s a “Chef’n Flexicado Avocado Slicer” – duh.
    (what in the WORLD?!?!)

    Amazaing what you find when you GOOGLE ‘unusual kitchen utensils’. I think we should now be asked to come up with other uses!

  4. Gettinby says:

    I’m sure others have already said so, but it that tool in a unitasker, made for slicing, and pulling out, the green stuff in avocados. Silly tool, really.

  5. Caedwin says:

    I agree with all the others; it’s an avocado slicer

  6. Dionne Trifiro says:

    Really felt like I could leave the winky guy out, but now I’m feeling guilty… ;)

  7. Dionne Trifiro says:

    Ok, yawn

  8. MimiLou says:

    Oh, And tap the seed with the blade of a sharp knife and twist it out.

  9. MimiLou says:

    Huh! Unitasker! Just so everyone doesn’t go out and buy one now: Halve the avocado, slice (or dice) it IN THE PEEL, scoop it out with a spoon.

  10. Mickey says:

    It’s Betty’s hand holding a green thing.

  11. Melissa says:

    I like what Jen said… I’m inclined to guffaw at anyone who would use this device, instead of using the knives, spoons and elbow grease already on hand. So, what else could it be? Maybe a surgical tool to excise that thing on the back of your thigh? Ouch, better get the Novocaine for that one!

  12. Sebette says:

    Avocado slicer-piffle! Its a cucumber comb.

  13. Babie Knoop says:

    I meant every not everyr
    ! But then maybe I did mean everyr

  14. Babie Knoop says:

    If this is a tool that ANY manufacturer made $ off of then I am totally making a SANDWICH SLICER! It will consist of a square piece of metal with a blade going across the middle diagonally! It will be eveyr BIT as useful! I am TOTALLY doing it! And don’t TELL me someone already DID!

  15. Caroline says:

    In your quest to use things for other than what they were meant….you could hang it from the skinny side and hook loops of jute from the “tines” of the slicing part and make a pretty nifty macrame tool. (If anyone still does macrame. Did I just date myself? Oops….drat it all.)

  16. ev says:

    So obvious. It could be used to scoop “stuff” out of a catbox! Small “stuff” yes, but maybe for a small cat, yes????

  17. Nicole2 says:

    I’m voting for Meg’s answer. I like that better.

  18. yup avocado slicer. although if i remember correctly, the packaging also says you can use it for mangos. I’ll taking a paring knife over this any day….

  19. Susan says:

    Back of thigh?…..hickey?……

  20. Amy Schmucker says:


    Place a slice of the avacado on the back of you thigh. Hope that helps.

  21. Robyn says:

    Since you’re aiming for 100 comments to convince you it’s an avo (the Aussies like to halve words) slicer. I could really do with one of those!

    Anyone got one they don’t want?

  22. Angela says:

    What’s an avocado?

  23. Kris says:

    I know everyone is saying this is an avocado slicer but I still think it has something to do with Kermit the Frog. Seems to me he could use this as camouflage when Miss Piggy is on the prowl..or he could use it for slicing avocados…

  24. mimi says:

    slicing brussels sprouts?

  25. Lucy says:

    I don’t eat avocados, so that would have never come to mind for me. I also don’t have a cat (nor do I want one), but my initial split second reaction was that it was a kitty litter pooper scooper. Can you tell I don’t get out much? For those who might have a duplicate whatnot in their drawer + don’t eat avocados + have a cat…feel free to use it as a pooper scooper.

  26. April C. says:

    Damn, I was hoping to be the smarty pants that got to tell you it was an avocado slicer… But I guess roughly 3,998,276 people got there before me. ;) Also, they don’t work fantastically well. If your avocado is ripe enough to taste good, it mushes when you try to use that contraption. I strongly recommend the following utensils for eating an avocado…

    1-knife (for cutting skin & removing pit)
    2 – spoon (for eating said avocado immediately b/c they’re too damn delicious to sit around long enough to be added to something else).

  27. Rebecca says:

    Funny, the comments didn’t show up before I posted my comment, but it totally works like sarcasm too!

  28. Rebecca says:

    I think it’s for scooping out avocados. Don’t really know why I think that, since I don’t have one or anything, just a gut feeling, I guess.

  29. Sue says:

    Well, I like the idea of alternate uses-sorta like that “Ask This Old House” segment where they speculate what some weird looking tool is, but in reverse.

    My vote: ponytail detangler. Either use it for smoothing the back of your hair before putting in the elastic or for smoothing the section below the elastic afterwards…..or something like that… ;)

  30. jen says:

    My friend received one of these as a gift from another friend when she graduated from culinary school. She took one look at it and said “i just graduated culinary school and you don’t think i know how to slice an avocado without this piece of shit?” ha ha.
    i think you should use it as a backscratcher for your chickens. so perhaps a more interesting question to pose would be “this thing is an avocado slicer/scooper which we all know can easily be done with a knife and a large spoon…so what else can we use it for?”

  31. Janelle says:

    If you get tired of reading “It’s an avocado slicer” you could always remind your readership that you don’t like brussels sprouts and see how many recipes coming rolling in!

  32. Anemone says:

    i did not know what that was. But wow. I am voting for avocado slicer thingy. Can’t imagine it doing it anything else.

  33. Meg says:

    It’s an ancient tool called the “dudgar” created by the Saxons that, when used with the proper type of drum, sends a warning that only other Saxons could hear– originally used as a mating call, it evolved in to an early warning signal regarding advancing barbarian hordes. The green coloring on this one is quite typical of the times; it was colored to blend in with the grass after Mother Nothgyth Ymma had her cover blown by a polished steel dudgar that caught the light and attracted a wandering barbarian (what with barbarians being distracted by shiny things and all). After the tale of Mother Nothgyth circulated, the Saxons went from that polished steel look to greens and browns so they could better disguise themselves.

    Actually, you know what, I just took a closer look and it’s totally for slicing an avocado. My bad!

  34. pendy says:

    Chiming in…in case you are not yet convinced. Definitely an avocado slicer.

  35. Tricia Rose says:

    You have an avocado slicer on the back of your thigh?

  36. Jessie says:

    It’s for slicing avocados! Ok I know everyone else already answered but I wanted to show off too. ” look at me! I’m smart too!!”

  37. Lori says:

    Just confirming…it’s an avocado slicer. Had one for awhile and never used it, but if I had used it, I’m sure it would have done a great job.

  38. Meadowlark says:

    I could tell you that it really has something to do with testicles and ensuring compliance, but feel free to go with “avocado slicer” if it makes ya’ll feel better.


  39. Amanda says:

    Another vote for avocado slicer. My mother-in-law has one. No one ever uses it. Recycle it.

  40. taria says:

    I have only seen it in catalogs. I grew up with an avocado grove in the back yard here in So. Cal. We don’t use specialty tools like that. Cut your ‘cado in quarters lengthwise. The peel will come off pretty easily from each piece. from there and you can slice if you want. Avocados are good fat.

  41. Pati says:

    Uuuuuuuuuummmmmm…lemme hazard a guess……AVOCADO SLICER ?!?!?!?!?! As for the back of your thigh,well….not so much… ;o)

  42. Erica J. says:

    In case you haven’t heard…it’s an avocado slicer. Have a wonderful time making avocado slices for…whatever.

  43. SL says:

    It’s an avocado scoop and slicer.

    It is also ridiculous. :)

    P.S. Love your site!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks SL. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to wait with baited breath by my computer screen. I’m not quite convinced about what this is for. I may need another hundred or so people to tell me it’s an avocado slicer. ~ karen!

  44. lauren says:

    It’s an avocado slicer! Cut the avocado in half, take out the seed, and use this to scoop the flesh out. It comes out sliced!

  45. Liapez says:

    Yup, it is an avocado slicer. As a resident of Southern California, I see these a lot.

  46. Kate says:

    Yep, it’s an avocado slicer.

  47. Avocado slicer. Hence the green color :)

  48. Trysha says:

    Avocado slicer. Boom!

  49. Britton says:

    i don’t know what it is called but i think it is for making slices of avocado…

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