Often here at Atomic Toasters we get to look at bits of technology whose time has come and gone. Especially with electronic gadgets in recent history, the lifespan of new toys is often very short. But there are some technologies that are firm believers in the philosophy of TTWWADI–That’s The Way We Always Did It. Today’s Quixotic Quantum Quandary is just such a bit to simple tech, and if you’re of a certain age you have probably come across this particularly ubiquitous item.
I once met a guy who had lived the sailing life for awhile, and lived the dream of reaching exotic ports in far away lands. On one such adventure he found himself in the land down under, with the opportunity of a lifetime. Like many a classic cartoon antagonist, he had the chance to enter the boxing ring with that beast so often confused for a big fluffy mouse–the jolly kangaroo. While I imagine many of us would have a hard time turning down just such a chance at glory, as he began climbing in the ring, gloved up and ready, one of his fellow sailors happened by and got him out of there. Turns out boxing a kangaroo can be a lot rougher than one would think, and the guy perhaps was not in the best condition to be fighting or even making the decision to go ahead with it.
As always, here is your hint!
I’d like for you all to share in the fun of rooting around for prized nuggets for us all to ponder over, so if you have a super strange piece of some old or neglected technology, please send some photos my way! Just email HycoSpeed@gmail.com and throw Q³ in the subject line so I’ll see it.