- 4 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
My mother works as a chemist in a large lab, so occasionally she calls with some very interesting stories. Today’s story however really takes the cake!
In the lab they have a lot of very old, very expensive, and very HEAVY equipment. This story revolves around a 2 ton centrifuge! That’s right. Four thousand pounds of metal built entirely to spin chemicals.
The centrifuge in question recently broke down, so it was taken outside to the back of the lab where the technician could more easily take it apart and find what was wrong. Turns out it needs a part replaced that would take a week to come in. They decided to just leave it outside rather the haul it back in only to haul it back out a week later. It’s huge. It’s two tons. No way anyone would bother it right?
They come in the next morning and it is GONE. Poof! Vanished into thin air! Confused and disturbed they get the security guy to review the footage from the night before. And you wont believe what they found.
Around 1am the night before a man road by on a bicycle with a wagon hooked to the back. Bet you can tell where this is going. That’s right! He sized up the enormous centrifuge, positioned his bike, and with an impressive show of strength managed to rock the centrifuge enought to make it tip over and onto his wagon! He then gets on the bike and rides away!!!
Of course everyone is stunned! This man was quite thin and defiantly not the kind of guy you would think would have the strength to push a two ton object over!
The story continues! The security guard knows the biker. He sees him every day riding by on his bike and knows exactly where the guy lives. Just one block down from the lab.
So of course they call the police, who go out to investigate. It’s a pretty easy find. He didn’t even try to hide it. He placed it right in plain view.
BOLTED TO HIS PORCH.
That’s right. He actually managed to get it onto the porch (which had it not been made of concrete would surely have broken from the force) and bolt it there.
The guy didn’t put up much of a fight I guess other then adamantly telling the police that the centrifuge did belong to him and that he had apparently had it for years. Eventually they get him to relent and retrieved the centrifuge.
Funniest thing. It took six large men and five hours to get the centrifuge back to the lab. Yet this one crazy guy could get it onto his bike and peddle it home like it was nothing!
Anyway this story made my day and I hope some of you got some amusement from it! Anybody else have crazy stories to tell?