Here's today's mystery object. So, granny and eldest dog only - what's this?
Actually this one is fairly easy, but I include it just to add to the catalogue of stuff that our predecessors left lying around. It's plugged into the wall socket under the kitchen table, has various flashy lights on it and if you shot it from the right angle would probably bear a startling resemblance to the Millennium Falcon, though whether it could do the Kessel run in less than 20 parsecs I wouldn't like to say.
It also bears the model number LP22 on the back, which enables it to be Googled, and just as I suspected it turns out to be a sort of ultrasonic pest-scarer, which is allegedly good for deterring all sorts including mice, rats, cockroaches, ants and squirrels, while having (again, allegedly) no effect on cats, dogs or fish. I'm always slightly sceptical about these claims of extreme selectivity, just as I am when similar claims are made about things like weedkillers that won't affect your begonias, but it being in and constantly switched on (and having been since we moved in) presents me with a dilemma similar to that faced by anyone sceptical about the effectiveness of my tiger-repellent underpants. Yes, it sounds a bit implausible, but then again I've never been attacked by a tiger while wearing them.
So while I could try switching it off and removing it, there is the faint possibility that if I did so I would come downstairs the next morning to find the kitchen waist-deep in woodlice and squirrels, all really pissed off that I'd been giving them a constant blinding headache for the last two years. Perhaps I'll leave it where it is for the moment.