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Mysterious curling iron 
29th-Nov-2006 11:32 pm
Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09
Some weeks before docorion moved out, a Mysterious Curling Iron showed up in our living room, and I assumed it was mud_puppy’s. It’s still here, and I just checked in about it and they are each quite confident it doesn’t belong to them. Is it yours? If not, do you want a curling iron? It’s black-handled and marked “CONAIR INSTANT HEAT”.
‘Everyone who has found a hitherto unknown egg-whisk jamming an innocent kitchen drawer knows that raw matter is continually flowing into the universe in fairly developed forms, popping into existence normally in ashtrays, vases, and glove compartments. It chooses its shape to allay suspicion, and common manifestations are paperclips, the pins out of shirt packaging, the little keys for central heating radiators, marbles, bits of crayon, mysterious sections of herb-chopping devices, and old Kate Bush albums. Why matter does this is unclear, but it is evident that matter has Plans.’
―Terry Pratchett, Eric
30th-Nov-2006 06:33 am (UTC)
Each accelerator that I have ever worked in has had some weird quirk to the place. At NSCL it's the cave door that plays the "Close Encounter with a Third Kind" song. At LBNL it's the pacman noises for the beam control machine and the file cabinets and xerox machine in the women's bathroom. At Davis there are no less than 10 curling irons in the women's bathroom. Some of them are really old looking and others look more modern. Since there are only three women that work at that facility, it's really odd.
30th-Nov-2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
So the question is not where the curling iron came from; the question is why I haven’t found the particle accelerator yet. Perhaps it’s underneath the couch cushions.
30th-Nov-2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Well, also in my experience at accelerators, the magnet frequently goes missing, so it's probably just lost. Many a time I've received a page from the control operator telling me that "they have lost the magnet." To me, it seems impossible to lose an 88" diameter magnet, but it happens all of the time. Either that or as a group all control operators are terrible at Hide and Seek.
30th-Nov-2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
At least you recognized it as a curling iron. The last roommate of mine who found my curling iron on the bathroom counter recoiled and mistook it for a gynocological device. Quoth he:

"Will you please move that...that...female thing?!?!?"
30th-Nov-2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
It did occur to me that the object in question could have... creative uses.
30th-Nov-2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how appalling that sounds to a woman. At least this woman. :)
30th-Nov-2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm hiding my curling iron from him. I really am. :-)
30th-Nov-2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
What if I promise not to plug it in?
30th-Nov-2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
It would certainly be novel putting a condom on my curlibng iron. :-) But I guess I'd be GGG about it sans the heat.
30th-Nov-2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
Now, I didn’t say I’d necessarily plug it in...
30th-Nov-2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
At least, not on a setting higher than 'wool'...
30th-Nov-2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious! I would actually love to grab that if no one else wants it. I want to try to get my hair to do ringlets. :-)
30th-Nov-2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Whilst it pains me to think of you doing anything to alter your gorgeous thick long straight hair, you’re welcome to it if its rightful owner fails to claim it soon.
9th-Dec-2006 11:03 am (UTC) - weird...
I did a google search of "taxidermy chimpanzee napoleon" to find the source image of my lj icon, and found your lj icon taken from the same photo. Also we're both from the Metro Boston area. Was there something in the water?
9th-Dec-2006 04:18 pm (UTC) - Re: weird...
Not the water, so much; there was something in the White House.
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