The @object() function takes two string arguments, a number and a 
string of text. The number is a dbref. The MUD will look for an 
object located in the room/player/whatever specified by the dbref, 
whose name matches the string. If it finds a match, it will return 
that object's dbref. Otherwise, it will return "-1". This is the 
same sort of matching used when you type 'GET '.

@object("11", "apple")