Okay, now for the contest part. Free pair of earrings (your choice) from my ETSY shop (www.christineterrell.etsy.com) to the first person who correctly identifies the above conical object. This is what I knew about it:
1. I got it at the thrift store (of course).
2. It's stainless steel. (Not aluminum like I first thought. After breaking off the fourth drill bit, I started thinking something was up.)
3. Only the bottom portion of the cone is open. The top is closed, so--big hint here--it's not some sort of funnel.
4. It's about 18 inches tall, 10 inch opening on the bottom and the top is about 2.5 inches across.
Here are some [slightly] better pictures:
That's it. That's all I knew. Start sending in those guesses. Leave a comment here or mail to christine AT adaptivereuser.com.
The contest runs until someone sends in the correct response, or I decide I just can't wait any longer to reveal to my loyal reader(s) the astounding answer.