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Tastywheat's enormous package aka The Atomic Stuff Exchange

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Morning all

 

Some time back, 2007 in fact, I ran a quiz on the forums, offering a box full of random trinkets from my home as a prize. Tastywheat was the smartest man in the room, so I sent it out and thought no more of it. The other day a parcel turned up for me, full of random bits from good old T-Dubs himself.

 

Came in what looked like a motherboard box, but upon closer inspection was a box for a remote controlled helicopter. Upon opening that's exactly what it was too, which is brililant because although I want one I'd never spring the money for it, so nice job. Underneath were a few bits and pieces, an Arduino board that according the the letter that came with was used in a drone designed to catch rhino poachers in Africa, and I'm all about rhinos so that's a cool thing to have around. There was a bracelet apparently given to TW by a Maasai tribe in Il Ngwesi, and while I can't say it's made from human skin, I can't guarantee it's not, either. There's a shell from Watamu, a dice used in drinking games, a b ook from a backpacker's hostel that's probably been seen by more eyes from more nations than the Rolling Stones. There's a plastic skull that TW 3d printed from a scan of a relic in the Celtic & Prehistoric Museum Of Ireland, and was apparently polished MacGuyver style in a vapour bath made from a modified rice cooker.

 

Pics, and it did happen:

 

Box outer:

http://i.imgur.com/mEGk4vn.jpg

 

Box inner:

http://i.imgur.com/dkOGolS.jpg

 

Box inner inner:

http://i.imgur.com/p1QR8l6.jpg

 

3D Skull:

http://i.imgur.com/m9sLifV.jpg

 

3D Skull with his new best mate Smitty and 1337 Atomic stubbie holder for scale:

http://i.imgur.com/but4bNt.jpg

 

Sweet rhino-related Arduino:

http://i.imgur.com/Dv8tOOW.jpg

 

Big thanks to TastyWheat for even remembering the box seven years later, and mad props for actually boxing something up and sending it. I'll be sure to post bloody results when I crash the heli into my face. I mentioned a letter before, and it really was a beauty, with background details on all the bits and told a pretty impressive story of a dude who jets around the globe, meets sweet cannibal tribespeople and is probably also a bit of a mad genius what with the scanning skulls from prehistoric museums and making acetone vapour baths from household items. Was a really nice gesture, and in fact that puts me in mind of an idea.

 

I propose an Atomic Stuff Exchange, wherein we all send each other boxes of odds and ends from our houses. One of the things TW pointed out in his letter was that the things inside spoke about me, and I'd have to agree on his contributions. (Hey TastyWheat, do you remember what I sent you? I have no idea. Hit us up, let us know.) Therefore, I pledge that I will send a box of random stuff to the first person to post a picture of themselves with a can of Spam, and let's see if we can't get some other people pledging boxes of fun and curiosity. Make your own demands, and send boxes of things to those who would call you on them. Can of Spam, go!

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Man, I don't even have any Spam in the house! Haven't done for...er, thirty...six(?) years.

 

Well, unless you mean the e- kind, but that's hard to put in cans.

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