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

From: Ashley Carder <wacarder_at_usit.net>
Date: Wed May 26 15:41:13 2004

Yep, I know all about dirt-daubers. They live around my house and build
their hard mud nests all over the place. They are good in one way, because
they catch black widow spiders and put them inside their dirt tubes to
feed to the young wasps. Other than that, their nests are annoying. The
wasps don't seem to be agressive or sting.


P.S. I'll quit since I'm veering off topic.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe R." <rigdonj_at_cfl.rr.com>
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 4:30 PM
Subject: Re: What's the weirdest thing that you've ever found inside a

> At 12:45 PM 5/26/04 -0700, you wrote:
> >Howzbout:
> >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
> 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
> (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
> You really have to careful with stuff around here. If you leave a tube
> 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!
> Joe
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