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

From: Joe R. <rigdonj_at_cfl.rr.com>
Date: Wed May 26 15:29:56 2004

At 03:38 PM 5/26/04 -0400, Torquil MacCorkle wrote:
>One computer I had a few months ago had "Give this back to Joe next tuesday"
>written on one of the SCSI cables inside. A MicroVAX 3100 M10 I got a while
>back was shipped 'clean', but the guy apparently washed the outside of the
>case only, it was the dirtiest computer I've ever seen. You could not tell
>what was in it, it had literally half an inch of dust on every inch of it.
>You could make out an RZ25, but in the bottom you couldn't even tell the
>memory boards were in there. Not really weird I guess.
>But I am sure everyone has heard the story (legend?) of the computer that
>got sent back to the manufacturer for repairs and they found the end of some
>guys finger inside. He'd apparently tried to install something, then the
>monitor fell sideways on the case or something... the part that doesn't add
>up is why wouldn't he get his finger out? Normally when one gets their
>finger cut off it isn't such a non-issue that they don't bother spending 30
>seconds to recover it for a possible re-attachment. Probably a myth.

  Maybe not. Was it a Burroughs B1700? I went to school on these at the
factory in King of Prussia, PA in 1977 or thereabouts. These had a large
tray of fans located near the bottom of the cabinet. While I was there one
of the guys in the class stuck his finger inside the cabinet and up into
one of the fans. He lost the end of finger. I would have thought that they
took it apart and got the finger our but perhaps not! I once worked in a
food processing plant and one of the guys there got a finger loped off in a
box forming machine. They looked and looked and looked but never found his
finger. The boxs were used to pack chicken patties for BurgerKing. You just
have to wonder if that finger ever showed up somewhere!!

  Hey! Just noticed that you're from Lexington. The last incident happened
in at Golden West in Bedford. That's just over the Blue Ridge from you.

>Torquil MacCorkle, III
>Lexington, Virginia
Received on Wed May 26 2004 - 15:29:56 BST

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