The photo of a small metal object at home dazzles the web

The photo of a small metal household utensil baffles Facebook users, with conjectures that include a guitar pick, a bottle opener or a tick remover.

  • Facebook user David Sweeney joked with an image of the small metal object
  • He asked other users to share the add-on if they knew what it was, but they didn’t say
  • Since then, the publication has had 209,000 shares, and many admit they have no idea
  • Those who know said that the article had kept them calm on many occasions.

It is a small and simple tool that can save hours of frustration to carry out a task that is famous for being complicated.

However, when Facebook user David Sweeney posted a picture of him on Facebook asking other users if they knew what it was, the snap quickly went viral.

He asked people to share if they knew what it was but did not reveal, and since then about 209,000 people have seen the image of the object, which is about the size of a British penny coin and was first invented about 100 years ago .

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Any ideas? This photo of a small metal utensil, which was invented around 1900 and can save hours of frustration, has gone viral after many people didn't know what it was used for.

Any ideas? This photo of a small metal utensil, which was invented around 1900 and can save hours of frustration, has gone viral after many people didn’t know what it was used for.

Many people risked guessing what the device could be used for, which has a raised head in the circular part and bears a ‘Germany’ stamp.

Responses included a bottle opener, a mechanism to remove ticks or even a guitar pick.

GlennTracey Lambert wrote: ‘My son thought he was a bottle opener. Hahaha

Lee Gaffney added: ‘I had to tell / show my wife and a 50-year-old woman what she was and do with him! I’ve been using one since I was 18!

I have no idea: the responses on Facebook to Mr. Sweeney's post were creative ... but not even close

I have no idea: the responses on Facebook to Mr. Sweeney's post were creative ... but not even close

I have no idea: the responses on Facebook to Mr. Sweeney’s post were creative … but not even close

Ready for the big revelation? The article is a needle threader, commonly used as a way to help sewing people avoid that they cannot pass a cotton thread through the eye of a needle.

The device was first patented in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, which makes the concept about 120 years old.

The Herman Trzeciak model was patented in 1924 and the design by Carl J. Schuster followed in 1945; They were commonly given with sewing kits in hotels to help guests repair clothes without the turbulence of having to thread a needle.

Kasia Radomska Goraj posted a photo of the needle threader in action, which shows how the metal wire in the needle threader passes through the eye of the needle.

Kasia Radomska Goraj posted a photo of the needle threader in action (below), which shows how the metal wire in the needle threader fits through the eye of the needle.

Kasia Radomska Goraj posted a photo of the needle threader in action (below), which shows how the metal wire in the needle threader fits through the eye of the needle.

Kasia Radomska Goraj posted a photo of the needle threader in action (below), which shows how the metal wire in the needle threader fits through the eye of the needle.

Then a thread is placed in the metal loop before passing it through the eye ensuring that the cotton follows and the needle is easily threaded.

Of course, there were many people who not only knew what the article was, but also used it every day.

Kevin Duffy wrote: ‘The older you become more practical, it is …’

Carol Worsley wrote: ‘He is a needle threader. The more your eyes deteriorate, the more enraged you do the same.

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