I'm an Aussie and we call the metal grippers you take a pot/billy off heat with "Paddy's Fingers."
I had always thought this was a tongue-in-cheek dig at the Irish as only an Irishman/woman would be silly enough to pick the pot straight up off the fire (apologies to my Irish friends!), but my mother recently told me it was in reference to a local gear maker Paddy Pallin. Are they called this outside SE Australia?
What do YOU call them and where did you learn it?!?