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I recently stopped into a small local music store looking for banana plugs for some speaker cables I was converting from 1/4". The confused look on the face of the young kid behind the counter told me that he didn't know a banana plug from an apple jack, so after a brief description he went off to go check with his boss. I poked around the store in the meantime and didn't see any, so I wasn't surprised when he returned a minute later shaking his head no, but it's what he said that somehow made the trip worth it anyhow: "Sorry dude, no nano plugs."
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submitted by John D on 10/14/2006 3:41 AM 000254

had a big box of tubes scattered all over my bench coworker comes by and asks whats with the weird light bulbs dude
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submitted by eruannu on 10/3/2006 11:30 PM 000253

I used to work for a telecoms power company. Once we had a 6kW power rack returned for repair, so I slotted some SMPSs into it and fired it up, as was the norm. Nothing - dead as a dodo - no input, no output, nada. Took the rear panel off to have a look and found a tiny gecko, maybe 2" long, fried across the 415 Volt input lines. We ended up framing the backplane, and redesigning the covers to gecko-proof the racks.
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submitted by Andy on 9/23/2006 11:39 PM 000252

Also the other day on e-bay:

"Pc monitor, Sony Trinitron tube. Guaranteed perfect condition, no dead pixels."

If his guarantee extends that far, this guy should move into used cars!

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submitted by Yves Kuypers on 7/25/2006 6:14 AM 000251

this one is second hand from a friend who used to work at an all-around pro audio and music store that did some live sound too. the event was some celebrity golf thing or another, featuring chi chi rodriguez as the big name draw.
so my friend had gone over the wireless lavalier routine with everyone before the event and everyone was wired and told to just turn themselves on as they came into their speaking parts of the thing.
so up comes chi chi, completely forgetting to turn on his transmitter and babbling unheard remarks to a confused crowd of hundreds. my friend tries in vain to get his attention, and chi chi keeps on talkin' to nobody...
so my friend approaches him from the side and tries to discreetly flip the thing on... and, right as he does, rodriguez(now amplified as all hell)freaks out, yelling "no man touches chi chi!"...the crowd went nuts laughing and rodriguez was pissed. fun times!

we've all cracked each other up for years with that one, and people give you a great look in a bar or the grocery store when one grown man yells at another "no man touches chi chi!" and then they both laugh hysterically...

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submitted by the*fist on 4/30/2006 9:05 AM 000250

"Wind-up 8mm Cameras can't record sound."

"Yes they can!"

"Explain?"

"Trrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"

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submitted anonymously on 1/9/2006 9:48 PM 000249

On E-Bay the other day;

Box of nine flash bulbs;

untested. Sold as-is.

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submitted anonymously on 1/3/2006 10:06 PM 000248

Similar story to the last one, I rescued a Cambridge Audio hifi amp from the tip the other day. Crackles when you turn the volume control. 2 for a new dual pot at most. Otherwise in perfect working order, the stuff people throw away...
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submitted by Peter, UK on 12/24/2005 2:21 AM 000247

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