We've got a number of strange artifacts for your delectation and consideration this week. The millennials and Gen Z's are all stumped, and I may have to bring in some other
This is the current worth of the Canadian dollar, or 'Loonie' as we locals like to call it.
In its heyday, it was used to annoy hapless merchants and cashiers.
This is a "key" for opening a can of meat byproducts like SPAM
(or PREM, in Canadian parlance).
The mystery meat was classically served in sammich form, with mustard n pickles.
Discussing the ingredients of the meat mixture was taboo amongst
the diners that fed on it.
Legend has it that someone found out what actually goes into the SPAM,
and the knowledge drove him suicidally insane.
The mechanical abacus. Using the basics of rudimentary mechanical
advantage, the local chinamen down at
the convenience store used it to cheat us kids when making change.
To be fair, the local white merchants couldn't run one of these either.
The credit card was invented to overcome the embarrassment and conflicts
created by the mechanical abacus.
Squabbles and arguments that had formerly been a daily occurrence were
reduced in frequency to about once a month.
This machine apparently was used to process credit card payments.
I have no idea what that is.
If any visiting scholars might know - please leave your
theory in the comments.