Adventures in Science

It’s 6pm on a Friday and I’m in the lab building with my research assistants, getting ready to run a study.  I tell them, “And now, we’re going to very gently and respectfully ransack Dr. Q’s lab.  He said we could borrow some equipment until ours gets here, but he said he didn’t know what room it was in.”

So we traipse off down a maze of twisty little passages, all alike, until we come to his lab area.  We turn on the lights as we go, so that we are less likely to be eaten by a grue.

You have been eaten by a grue.

photo by Flickr user cofiem under creative commons


I say, “Let’s start with this room, which is unlocked, and appears to be for storage.  Hmm.  This box is labeled ‘Hawaiian decorations’.  And… it appears to be labeled accurately.”

Hawaii Vacation 2010

photo by Flickr user merfam under creative commons


As it turned out, the equipment we needed was in another castle room.  But now I really want to know why there is a carefully packed and stored box of Hawaiian decorations in our lab building.  Readers, what strange creatures have you encountered where you work?

13 Responses to “Adventures in Science”

  1. First Gen American Says:

    The basement of our office building had all kinds of things in it. It’s kind of the dumping ground for extra office supplies, santa decorations, etc. They have remodeled and it’s neater now though.

  2. Clio Bluestocking Says:

    At one place, I encountered a box of the PIs old university id cards and something that took me a while to identify: punch cards. Old computer punch cards. So very indicative of the way the project was run.

  3. KH Says:

    ~ Pick up box of Hawaiian decorations.
    ~ You pick up the box of Hawaiian decorations and find a portal.
    ~ Enter portal.
    ~ It is dark. You have been eaten by a grue.

  4. Foscavista Says:

    I love the Super Mario Brothers nod!

  5. Grace Says:

    When my agency moved offices, we pulled out one of the secretarial desks that had been up against a wall. Lo and behold, we found numerous notarial stamps, some wooden which were meant to be used with ink, many metal ones that embossed paper, and all rather lovely what with the names of secretaries long gone and dates gone by. The earliest was from 1967 (which I scarfed up because that was the year I graduated high school).

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