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    Watching a baseball game last night, and one of the commentators was talking about how the manager had sent the unsuspecting bat boy on a mission of looking for the bullets for the radar gun. He was then sent running all over the stadium by each player and manager that continued the prank. The other commentator said that in the early days, is was the keys to the batters box that became the fool's errand.

    I've heard of a couple of others:

    Flight line: bucket of prop wash/jet wash
    Construction site: board stretcher

    I am curious as to what other non-existing items are out there, mostly so I don't get caught up in one.
    Definition: Racecar - a device that turns money into noise.

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    Metalworker/tool room: Bucket of grinder sparks
    Play Brutal Nature, Black Moons free to play highly realistic voxel sandbox game.

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    • #3
      A left handed monkey wrench often shows up -- or not.
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      "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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      • #4
        A long stand

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        • #5
          Blinker fluid, muffler belt/bearing.

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          • #6
            Metric adjustable wrench, left handed screwdriver.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jimmer12 View Post
              A long stand
              Known as the long wait/weight around here.

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              • #8
                and of course, the old standard, a bucket of elbow grease.
                Glenn Bird

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                • #9
                  The special magnet that only works on stainless.

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                  • #10
                    Worked with a Navy electronics tech who served in Vietnam. He told me a bunch of things they would have the new guys try to get from the quarter master but the only one I remember was sending him to get fallopian tubes for the radar transmitters.

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                    • #11
                      Lights went out at my Dad's print shop, when he sent a kid for a bucket of electricity the kid was afraid he would get shocked. Dad tied a string on the handle and the kid went haply off to the power plant.

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                      • #12
                        a bucket of camouflage paint.

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                        • #13
                          At the chemical plant, a bucket of steam from the powerhouse for a batch that needed a little heating for the reaction to complete.
                          Last edited by Rosco-P; 03-30-2016, 12:13 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Every furniture factory or woodworking shop has a "lumber stretcher"; it's up the new guy to find it.

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                            • #15
                              When I worked on oxygen equipment the standard was a bottle of 'No Oil' to lubricate pressure gauges.

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