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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted October 06, 2009 01:11      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It was fairly nasty. I opened my laptop and placed my hands on the palm rest. I felt something under m left palm and had a look.

Somehow when I shut the computer last time, I squashed a spider between the screen beze and the lower case.

It's a bit freaky that I did not notice the thing. Anyone else have similar stories?

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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted October 07, 2009 09:22      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Nitro had a live ant in her Cinema Display for a while. I use it now, and am noticing there's some tiny winged insect bodies in the clear plastic feet.
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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted October 07, 2009 09:27      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Oh, my creepiest bug story.. When I was 16 I hitchhiked out to Newfoundland and on the way back, I stayed at a friend's house in Montreal. He had cockroaches there... gross. That was the first time I had seen them.

About two months later I am going through my wallet when this flat thing drops out. "What the heck it that?" I say to myself. Then the legs pop out and it starts to run... it's a cockroach! OMG

Luckily I was able to kill it right then and there. We had no roaches in the old farmhouse, and I certainly wouldn't want them !

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted October 07, 2009 10:01      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Me thinks that the worst thing to find is half a worm while eating an Apple.

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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted October 07, 2009 10:59      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Snaggy, thats horrible!
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Moe Monkey
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MoMan, worse than finding half a worm would be finding a quarter of a worm. Or even worse, an eighth. Come to think of it, finding no worm in your apple would be, logically, the worst thing that could happen...
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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted October 07, 2009 21:23      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
Nitro had a live ant in her Cinema Display for a while. I use it now, and am noticing there's some tiny winged insect bodies in the clear plastic feet.

My former boss had those too. We actually had ant problems in the lab too, which was a bit disturbing given how finicky our experiments were. The department isothermal titration calorimeter (ITC) lived in our space and one day some post-doc from another group came in to use it and encountered problems and decided that this had to be because an ant died on the mother board.

Please, do not apply logic.

Anyway, after that, anytime anyone had any kind of ITC problem the immediate culprit was "an ant died on the motherboard." I'm not sure our PIs appreciated the joke, but they weren't the ones who had to use the damn thing in the first place.

I ended up giving that poor post-doc a near heart attack about a day after his pronouncement about the ants. He made such a fuss about the ants and how the ant traps we'd set up around the lab clearly weren't working, but no one really wanted to hit the place with ant spray. So I went old school and sprinkled boric acid around the instrument. My boss okayed it. Trouble is, boric acid is a white powder. That didn't go over very well with the post-doc. Didn't go over well at all. I'm not sure what he was afraid of because boric acid isn't exactly dangerous and it's a pretty common reagent in biochemistry labs but whatever. I was told not to do that anymore. It didn't work very well anyway.

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