Ok. Obviously a really, really slow day here at the marko household but here goes:
About 50+ years ago a neighbor was putting in a new driveway and dug up this "thing". It was rusted metal, round and about 4 feet high and maybe 2 1/2 feet around.
Half of it looked like 6 inch pipe and the other half had dozens of these (for want of a better word) "fingers" that radiated out about 18 inches on each side from the center. As far as I know, the ends of those fingers nor the pipe end were not open to air so my theory of some sort of drain doesn't fit; I'm also wondering if it might be the innards of a boiler...except the land was mostly farmland.
It looked a lot like the hairbrush photo below, except of course it was metal and weighed a couple hundred pounds. It's possible it was farm equipment but I don't know. It has long since disappeared; no one knew what it was at the time but I've always wondered.
Anyone here have a guess (and please, no, it's not a giant hair brush!)