Salt Shaker




Salt Shaker


The lid of the shaker always unscrews itself when no one is paying attention to it.




It happens when no one is looking at it.

Collected by

Mr. Kipling, Steve Jinks, and Claudia Donovan







Date of Collection




Salt and pepper shakers can be made from a variety of materials, including plastic, glass, metal, and ceramic. Salt shakers became increasingly common after anti-caking agents were introduced by the Morton Salt company in the 1920s. The Great Depression of the 1930s boosted the popularity of salt and pepper shakers as global ceramics producers concentrated on inexpensive items.

Except in the most casual dining establishments, they are usually provided as a matched set, sometimes distinguishable only by the number of holes on the top of the shaker. Designs range from small, plain glass screw cap containers (invented by John Landis Mason, inventor of the Mason jar) to more ornate works of art. Sometimes the design refers to some pair of related objects—such as a replica of a West Highland White Terrier containing salt and a Scottish Terrier containing pepper. Designs may also relate to specific occasions or holidays. As a result of this diversity of design, collecting salt and pepper shakers is a hobby. Design of salt and pepper shakers has also been used to transmit cultural perspectives about race and other cultural values.


In a town near the Warehouse the agents would sometimes stop by a nice little dinner to grab some food (Artie has stated that the dinner knows how to cook their bacon well, due to visiting the dinner many times). While Mr. Kipling never went there due to being able to pop up anywhere and grab his favorite meals, he was finally brought along as he was just hanging out with Steve and Claudia after working in the Warehouse.

After they had ordered their food, Steve went to use the shaker and the top popped off, spilling salt across a portion of his meal. Claudia and Steve were upset due to this happening every time the agents came by the dinner (the spot they were sitting in was their usual spot, big enough to hold six people); it was as if someone was playing a trick on them. Mr. Kipling raised an eyebrow and grabbed the shaker to check it out, and then noticed that the shaker was an artifact. Steve and Claudia were a little skeptical, as Mr. Kipling had played jokes some of the agents by pretending he could sense what was an artifact only to have the object be a gag, but Mr. Kipling proved it to them by screwing the lid back on tight and tell the duo to look away just as he did. After thirty seconds went by they turned back and Mr. Kipling used the shaker, and the top popped off and spilled salt on the table. Now knowing what the shaker could do, they re-ordered their food and then took the shaker back to the Warehouse.

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