Thursday, April 03, 2008

Junk I've picked up lately. Seriously.

Being a pretty curious guy, I am perhaps more attentive to the trash strewn in parking lots than many people. Some would argue I'm more attentive to it than any sane person should be. I mean seriously, what kind of nut actually examines the trash floating around in the wind or getting crushed by cars?

But sometimes I find interesting or disturbing stuff. Here's an example of each!

First off, I'm of the opinion that "Super Mario World" for the Super Nintendo was a pretty fantastic game. Apparently not everyone agrees, because someone left a copy sitting in the middle of a parking lot, where it had been run over by several cars.

Which exposed the sweet, sweet innards. Or, depending on your viewpoint, the cold mechanical heart of Mario's super world. Here's what was inside (notably a good deal smaller than the big grey cartridges SNES games came in).

Note: I've conveniently labeled the part you blow on when the game isn't working right. Though that was more of a NES than a SNES problem, I'm betting this particular cartridge could take quite a bit of blowing before it works right again.

So, bit of geekery there. But now we explore the dark side of crap that has been improperly disposed of!

At first glance, it's a simple envelope from a lawyer's office to a recipient who will remain unnamed for his or her own protection. Nothing notable about that.

Or is there?

Let's just say that if you're looking for someone to handle civil rights litigation, you probably don't want to turn to the firm of "Rubin, Rubin & Wilcox"...

Sources indicate that before settling on "Obedience to Law is Liberty" for their postage machine slogan, they also considered "Asking Questions = Treason," "America, Love It Or Leave It!", and the ever-popular "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength."

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