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1 : It is a piece to be put between the toes to facilitate their decoration (varnished).

2 : This lipstick has a small swivelling top that hide a round chromium-plated metal mirror. Deman a good eyes - and a small head.. - to see oneself in, but the idea is brilliant.

3 : It is a three spikes kitchen utensil that allows to to seize the butter without dirtying your fingers.

4 : To cut the sections in equal shares of course (for cakes or pizzas ; there is also graduated carpets to be put under the paste.

5 : It is the last egg-cutter model ; one knows the French round traditional model with a hole and teeth around, but this one caps egg and one makes fall down the ball which gives a shock and cuts out egg properly (well, sometimes).

6 : A Pole on the road invaded by snails, as well as on high stalks of neighboring plants (seaside, South Brittany).

7 : Egg cup and salt box Danish design : the top goes away from and is used as salt box (one can see some in the cone) while the base becomes an egg cup.

8: A radio set that works with a small water turbine, which drives an electric generator recharging a battery. For half an hour of listening, tap closed!

9 : This roll is used to maintain home electric wires coiled.

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11 : It is a tool to remove the thirsty small beasts stucked to the peal of dogs.

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13 : Sheath for gathering electric cables (TV, computer) with a possibility of intermediate exits. Useful.

14 : Potatoes holder for cooking in the microwaves oven.

15 : Handle for carrying packages; one takes the string of the package in the hooks.

16 : Yes, it is well a stopper for bottle, if one likes. Hope the frog don't drik too much.

17 : This very thin disc must be rolled into the neck of a bottle in the purpose to prevent drops of wine running down.
Very effective, but take care there is a risk of wine jet ! Don't make it to much protrude outside. Personnally I cut it into two parts.

18 : Massage balls.

19 : "kaiquak", basque country (France) ; a big wooden pot to draw the milk (ewe). Inspire the design for some cups, smaller.

20 : The tea pot as three positions : horizontally, it allows to infuse ; tilted or standing up, it reduces (?) or stops infusing.

21 : Venture inside the body with the videocapsule ; this is a camera that runs inside your stomach and bowels ; this big pill, produced in 2000 (first tests). Fruit of the work of an American doctor and an Israeli engineer, it consists of a battery, an optical system, a source of light (diode),  a storage memory and a system of transmission !   some plates are bond on the body to collect the signals which are visualized external screen (right hand picture, intestine). But it is very promising. unfortunately, can't find a production or whatever on this promising marvel. The powerful induction field needed and the lack of control lead it probably to the dustbin !

22 : it's a bored straight branch with a smaller on a side for better grasping it, which is used to blow the fire in the chemney. Local name in South France is the "bouffadou".

23 : The fruit  Burdock is well known by walkers who have fun throwing each others these gripping little balls. Here is one with a background modified. Despite its hooks, it is not the one who gave the idea of Velcro to his inventor, but a tiny plant that stick on the socks, very difficult to be removed, due to its very tiny and numerous hooks.

24 : Pollen grain.

25 : This is not a cockroach, but a 2cm capsule (5 grams), developed by Japanese researchers and several companies. Equipped with a tiny camera, a microprocessor and a diode to illuminate, it will be introduced by incision in the body. Driven by wire to the desired location, its major asset will be to deposit anticancer active substances directly on the affected cells. was planned for 2010..
2019. Don't know its name to update.

26 :  it is indeed a stick, but containing.. butter - to be spread of course. For people on the diet ? judging by the capacity and fineness of the deposited layer. But the idea is fun.

27 : A fuel pump. A lever was fixed in the middle of the red block (bas of the photo). The pompist (a true at the time!), Pumped the essence of the tank that went up in one of the glass cylinder, arriving by a central tubular grid. The cylinder full, he tipped a lever and gasoline then flowed into the tank of the car by a hose. Meanwhile, he was repeating to fill this time the other cylinder of glass. And so on. The level of gasoline visible in each cylinder validated the "dose", (5 liters for example), while the counter r the number of doses !

28 : From the planet Earth (where it still rages). This horror is indeed the head of a solitary worm "Tenia" greatly enlarged. It is equipped with two suckers (the "eyes") and hooks (this kind of harpoon). We understand that it is difficult to dislodge. Solitaire is apparently unfit because there can be several, which can exceed briskly 10 meters long.

29 : Mosquito head greatly enlarged (about 150 times)..

30 : plancton : It is the basis of the food chain in the seas and oceans. It is partly in tiny animals, some plants in the same order of magnitude (unicellular algae). The radiolaria, whose architecture is set in rays (geodesic), could have inspired the architects, is a marine animal we can only see the calcareous skeleton. It is enable to feed itself, it contains algae much more micro than it, that will ensure photosynthesis. Right, The "bean" is a diatom magnified 800 times, so it's a plant that feeds through photosynthesis (light) like all plants, ie absorbs carbon dioxide "CO2" dissolved in water, retains carbon "C" and releases oxygen "O" . Micro-plants (unicellular algae) provide two thirds of oxygen on the planet. Feeding poor people with algae project is unfortunately not a bad joke, so to say, because they are rich in proteins.

31 : . Cooking. From a Paul Emile Victor's movie. Hhere is the curious cook imagined, at that time, by a people of the forest. Some hollowed out bamboo are maintained through on the ground. Bamboos are filled with water, then a fire is lit underneath. Then long rolled leaves containing the food are put inside and the water is gently boiling until done. Why do the bamboos not take fire ? The bamboo forms a unit with the water mass which cools it. This as long there is enough water refreshing itself by evaporation. It is so possible to heat water in a cone of parchment paper !

32 : Rockets sabers war < ! Mughal invaded India a short time before French people did it. In 1720, only three regions of the Moghol empire were resisting, of which the part of Mysore, led by sultan Tipu (no Moghol !). The rest was passed on to the French. In 1780, a battle revealed the Moghols' engineering ability : blades of sabers were propelled by rockets, whose tubes being made of bamboo at first then of iron. Spans of hundredths of metres were reached, then say, more than a kilometre. Swarms of spinning blades were falling on the enemy, totally terrified.
The blade was introduced inside the bamboo tube, the fuse being bond to the outer end of the blade. They were finally captured anyway.

33 :  It is a chain of plastic hingesthat form a structure that is both sufficiently rigid and deformable to provide the desired shape. Origin: Lamp "cobra" branded "Black and Decker", originally with a plastic envelop. I reused it to mount a magnifying glass holder.

34 : Cigarette. would you have believed in it ? Me not, big mistake. This tube is an e-cigarette (e as électronique and sign of Internet); when one vacumm at the tip, it produces a vapor from glycol heat by an elecric heating element. Others products heated gives smell, like nicotine perfumes and others. Nicotine is what gives the addiction.
A certain time later, the tabacco consortium has marketed a copy with real tobacco heated without burning, that would eliminate tar. Do not know how successful it is.

35 :  We turn the key said "butterfly" in French due to its shape and a shivering sound is produced. It's an apartment bell like you can not see anymore. This one still exists (2009) on the doors of a flat in a building with a nice frontage worked with balconies of style, in stone of course, from the one went to the beach in pajamas striped, usually without bathing, in some fashionable seaside resort.

36 : Ancient method of hygiene of the ear. The usage of ear candles or "hollow candles" would originate from the Hopi Indians of Arizona, but it is also practiced in Asia. In France, a traditional like way was performed, using hollow candles made up with jute, flax, plant leaves ; are currently of cotton and bees wax. Principle: the heat of the flame creates a vacuum in the duct ear, softening the impurities that are sucked into the candle tube, releasing also sinuses. Along with seemingly a cocooning relaxation. From "EchoBio" January February 2010.

37 : These are chips from the most common epoxy "Araldite" glue blue. The glue was laid in a thick layer (almost half a centimeter), contained between two pieces of cardboard, to level a hollow of wood 30cm long and 4cm wide. I planed the glue the third day to get the right level. I had never tried before, simply cutting irregularities on small surfaces.

38 : One can see two tangled roots : they are two algae plants roots, the remains of two historical Mediterranean famous Posidonia seagrass.

39 :  At a more advanced stage, only fibers compacted into a kind of coarsel felt, forming round or oval balls well known on Mediterranean beaches. After having eradicated, seagrasses are now rehabilitated and replanted, in a burst ecological reviews. One cn see again, these heap on the edge of some of our most beautiful beaches in the Var, that are dried seaweed that horrifying holidaymakers (at least off season).

40 : cyanoacrylate glue hardened at the bas of a tube. As it is very fluid and thin, we can't imagine it like a block ! It is hard, but it's not a true crystal ! Can be worked. We could make small objects or small parts to repair or replace something. Dimensions, 1 x 1.2 x 1,7 cm; one gram weight.

41 : Passion flower fruit.  Passion flower herb or shrub; name inspired from The Passion, a period between arrest and crucifixion of Jesus, since it contains elements looking like hammer (5x), nails (3x), and crown of thorns (around this two).

42 : Guinea worm. Long filiform white worms. Contamination occurs when ingestion of parasitized drinking water. The digestion of crustacean in the stomach will allow the release of the larva, which will cross the intestinal wall, then begin a maturation-migration phase which will last about a year. The males disappear very quickly, while the females will grow to a size of 50 to 100 cm x 1 to 2 mm. They are lodged in the deep muscle masses of the lower limbs and then externalize to lay its larvae in the water (during a bathing for example), perforating the skin to release a multitude of embryos. called microfilaria. This causes swelling and trailing and disabling ulcerations, such as dracunculiasis, endemic in Black Africa and the Middle East. Here his extraction of the skin by winding.

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