What Is This Weird Kitchen Tool?

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Q: I found this tool in my mom's kitchen utensil drawer. I remember seeing it in the drawer as a kid in the 70's, but never saw her use it. It's aluminum, 7 inches long, the ball is 2 inches in diameter, and it's got a nice texture on the outside only. The holes on the tops of the ball halves are 1/2 inch in diameter. What the heck is it?

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Editor: Readers, do any of you recognize this tool?

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