What's the weirdest thing that you've ever found inside a computer?

From: Joe R. <rigdonj_at_cfl.rr.com>
Date: Wed May 26 15:30:07 2004

At 12:45 PM 5/26/04 -0700, you wrote:
>the ivy growing up through the recent Castro Valley PDP-11/40 rescue?

  Naw. That's common here in Florida. I looked at the pictures and it
didn't look like they'd been sitting out more than a couple of months by
Florida standards. I ROUTINELY find birds nest, wasp nests, plants, animal
dens and other forms of wildlife in anything that's left outside around here.

   BTW do any of you guys have "dirt-daubers"? They're a wasp and they
like to build nests out of mud. They LOVE to find hollow things like tubing
(connectors, gun barrels, etc etc) and build a nest in it. First they put
in a good solid plug of mud about 2" side the hollow then they lay an egg
in it and finally plug up the end of the opening. Their plugs are VERY
solid and they they can do the job from start to finish in less than a day.
You really have to careful with stuff around here. If you leave a tube such
as a brake line open they'll build a plug in it and when you put it back
together you'll wonder why the hell it doesn't work! Guns are a real
menace. If you shoot one with a nest in the barrel it WILL explode the
barrel. It's a fairly common occurance around here. If you have anything
with hollow electrical connectors that's been outside for any time you'll
often find the hollows filled with hard mud and wasp grubs!

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