Quixotic Quantum Quandary

Q³: Put You in My Pocket

When you walk along the street, do you find yourself gazing along the ground, picking up and pocketing not just the wayward penny, but nuts or bolts or even better, mysterious little metal trinkets that happen to be lying around? You might imagine that I happen to be a pearl picker-upper myself, and often end up with random dirty bolts and pennies lying around. I once read that in the heady dot-com boom days, Mr. Gates’ time was so valuable that if he were to drop a $100 bill the ground, it would cost more in his time to turn around and pick it up than the bill was worth. While I have no idea if that is actually true, I often think of it when I stoop to pick up a penny. Our Quixotic Quantum Quandary likely cost more than just a shiny penny, although when it was built the pennies were even shinier than average.

If you are feeling like the mystery is just too much for you, try the wide angle view in the hint. And have no fear! Today’s quandary is unique in that solved or unsolved, you will get to learn more about it tomorrow! Just remember, sometimes fun gifts come in small packages, gifts with utility and purpose. See if you cn use the images you see here as a nice jumping off point from which to solve the mystery!

I would like to extend a friendly invitation to all the loyal readers out there, the opportunity to be a part of your favorite old tech weekly mystery! If anyone has any sort of unusual or just plain old fashioned goodness, please send some photo my way! Simply email HycoSpeed@gmail.com and throw Q³ in the subject line and I’ll get right on it!


  • The Professor

    It looks like some sort of old rototiller-type device.

  • EnsignSlow

    That would be a Welbike paratrooper scooter.

    • Really? That's even more obscure than my Excelsior-Henderson joke up there.

      Last week I balked at sending in pics of an esoteric piece of machining technology, figuring it was too far out there for even AT's small but widely read commenters. I guess if this thing's fair game though, then anything is.

      I'm gonna start taking pics of things we might all have run across before though, I like those Q³s better.

      • You know, just when I think I am throwing something up that no one is going to get, BAM!, it gets solved right out of the gate like this. I figured this one would just be a nice segue to the article about the bike–at the museum where I saw it, it was displayed beside a music stand with a sheet of paper that had four pictures printed on it, no explanation of what it was at all. Being as how it clearly folded into the tube behind it, as indicated in the images, I took to the google machines at once, of course.

        <img src="http://atomictoasters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Welbike-VA-AV-2.jpg&quot; width=500>
        I am also a fan of the slightly more common (or used to be common) items, arranged all mysteriously. Please send any ideas you have my way! Sometimes I have good ideas, sometimes, well, you get what we have here today.

        • Vairship

          So it's not a single cylinder gas-powered air cooled garage door opener?

  • CaptianNemo2001

    <img src="http://www.nightowlclub.com/scootering/scooterdb/images/brockhousecorgi1948.jpg&quot; width="600">

    Excelsior is a motorcycle company and brand and from the frame it looks like a scooter of some sort. http://www.nightowlclub.com/scootering/scooterdb/

    INFO from the image link>>>
    Info: UK – Brockhouse – Corgi – 1948
    Power: 98 cc – 30 mph
    Info: A simple folding scooter based on the WW2 Excelsior Wellbike. Looks like this example has been painted green to replicate that.

  • $kaycog

    ♫ Angels we have heard on high,
    Glo-o-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O-ri-a in Excelsior Deo. ♫

    • Dean Bigglesworth

      Jingle bells. Batman smells. Robin laid an egg. The batmobile lost a wheel…. And the Joker got away,hey!

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  • booniefez

    Welbike devised at Station IX………

    ……. I worked the Frythe at Welwyn in 1976 when it belonged to the Unilever group (same place).