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2 months 6 days ago - 2 months 6 days ago #68794 by Schol-R-LEA
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OK, here's another answer for everyone (I think Null knew it, but he didn't says so outright or explain it to anyone):
A yellowing dossier marked FOGBANK, containing details for a chemical process used to manufacture an aerogel compound. The papers inside date from the 1970s, and if word of it being here gets out, some people wearing dark suits and sunglasses will be by soon to ask some sharp questions to several of the Gadgeteer alumni.

FOGBANK supposedly is the code-name for the infamous 'missing' classified material which NNSA no longer had the institutional knowledge to produce when the US nuclear arsenal was scheduled to be maintained and updated in the late 1990s.

While not much is known about it for certain, it is generally thought to have been an 'interstage material' which would get superheated by the fission primary in a way which compresses the fusion secondary; the secondary generates fast neutrons which in most bombs then trigger an otherwise mostly inert fission tertiary stage made from U-238.

(Two-stage fusion weapons were made at times, usually either to reduce fission product release or to save weight. For example, Tsar Bomba was designed to be a three-stage bomb, but they concluded that testing a 100 MT device anywhere on the planet would produce more fallout than even Khrushchev was ready to sign off on, so they replaced the uranium tamper with lead. As a result, the 58MT yield actually achieved was 95% fusion, which was the highest ratio of any known atmospheric test. Despite producing a smaller amount of fission products per megaton of yield than any other test, it still accounted for about a quarter of all fallout released in all atmospheric tests world-wide

Note that, as I mentioned elsewhere, in the real world the secret was 'missing' not because it was misplaced or stolen, but because the documentation was never completed and most of those who knew the details of the manufacturing process had either retired or died by 1995. They eventually worked out a process for similar material which was used as a substitute.

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2 months 6 days ago - 1 month 3 weeks ago #68795 by Schol-R-LEA
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Answer for yet another one no one caught:
A pendant consisting of a hemispherical red stone and a gold casing. The rear panel can be opened to reveal a clockwork/electrical/alchemical device; any devisor or mage trying to understand it will just get a headache, but one who is both would have some sense of how it is meant to work even if they can't figure out all of the details other than that it seems to be have four duplicated sub-units. On the rear is an inscription reading "Operationzkuchel Experimenten, Tip 95" (the spelling of which would also give some people a headache) followed by a hand-carved "Gotte sei Denk" (ditto).

The unique (and possibly divinely-empowered) Elenium Type 95 Operation Orb used as a magical focus by Lt. Col. Tanya von Degurechaff, aka Tanya the Evil . The writing isn't quite German, since this parallel world isn't entirely the same as our own.

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1 month 3 weeks ago - 1 month 3 weeks ago #68943 by Schol-R-LEA
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1 month 2 weeks ago - 1 month 2 weeks ago #68976 by Schol-R-LEA
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Another week, another answer:
A glass tumbler filled with ice water, which somehow constantly maintains a temperature of 269 K without either freezing or heating up. At the bottom of the tumbler is a small toroidal rubber piece off of a car.

The ice water glass and rubber o-ring used by Richard Feynman in the 'demonstration' which he, Gen. Kutyna, and Sally Ride sprung on the other members of the Challenger investigation commission during a press conference.
Why the water now retains that temperature to this day isn't clear, however.

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Ride knew of the o-ring problems from earlier shuttle flights (including one of those she'd flown on herself, supposedly), and passed that on to Kutyna (who was aware that the pressure to keep the launch schedules came mainly from the Air Force and the CIA, since they had only backed the shuttle program because it was expected to make more frequent launches than existing boosters), who then hinted at the problem to Feynman (he mentioned in passing that he'd had a problem with an o-ring on his car, making it clear indirectly that he knew where the failure point was already but couldn't say so) in the correct expectation that he was the one member of the Rogers Commission who was in a position to point it out (since he wasn't tied to NASA, the government, or any of the contractors, and was dying of cancer by that time anyway, so he had nothing to lose for saying what several of the others wanted said).

It later came out that, aside from his prestige as a Nobel laureate, the whole point of putting him on the Commission was to have someone who could do that - many of the others knew what had really happened already, but several wanted to whitewash it, and those who didn't couldn't risk being the whistleblower. Some of the pro-whistleblowing faction basically agreed that they needed to bring in someone would could appear to have worked it out independently, and managed to ninja Dr. Feynman onto the commission. They were aware of Feynman's reputation for being a maverick and something of a showman, and some even knew how ill he was by that time (a certain amount of institutional guilt may have been part of it, too, since it was thought that his cancer may have been caused by radiation exposure during his time at Los Alamos, and some of the long-time government people may have wanted to give him one last chance to shine as a sort of repayment). He was free to say something the others didn't want said without ruining his career.

Supposedly, Gen. Yeager was their backup plan in this, since he'd retired by then and they knew he'd had a long-running beef with NASA following some of the malarkey over the X-15 program, but were wary of him since they didn't know how he would side. One source also seemed to think that Yeager was tight with Armstrong (which contradicts other things I've read which said they didn't get along at all), who (again, according to this source, which I am not sure I trust) was solidly in the 'whitewash' camp, and the would-be whistleblowers didn't want him getting wind of certain of their plans.

While they couldn't risk telling him anything outright, everyone sort of understood what his role in all of this was going to be (which is why those who were against admitting the truth tried to keep him away from certain parts of the investigation), and while he played coy about in his final memoirs (had to keep up that rep as a lone-wolf genius-from-Mars super-scientist, after all), Feynman almost certainly understood what going on from the start, too. Even if he didn't, there's no doubt that he knew the score soon enough, since despite his protests to the contrary, several of his actions during the investigation make it clear that he understood his role in the whole charade.

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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #69047 by Schol-R-LEA
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Answers again:
An oversized metal poker chip with a miniaturized data recording hidden inside it.

The platinum chip containing the software for updating Mr. House's custom Securitrons, the delivery (and theft) of which set the events of Fallout: New Vegas in motion.

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1 month 3 days ago - 1 month 3 days ago #69174 by Schol-R-LEA
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Recapping my outstanding elements:
  • A white stone brooch in the form of a stylized horse skull. When held or worn, transforms the wearer as an anthropomorphic animal version of themselves. Oddly, if the wearer has any extra appendages or unusual features (such as horns or wings for an animal type which doesn't usually have those), those will be hidden. Quadrupedal or multipedal individuals will become bipeds. The back is inscribed with the words, "I will never understand why you wanted this, but it was your birthday request so here you are. Fortunately, it was easy enough to craft. Your loving brother, Aliph."
  • A mandible from an equine, with a significant amount of dried blood on one end.
  • A US Army Air Corps medal awarded for dropping a bomb load in a perfect pattern.

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1 month 3 days ago #69184 by Mister D
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Schol-R-LEA wrote: Recapping my outstanding elements:

[*] A US Army Air Corps medal awarded for dropping a bomb load in a perfect pattern.


This would be the medal for going around twice?


Measure Twice

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1 month 3 days ago - 1 month 3 days ago #69185 by Schol-R-LEA
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No. Quite the opposite, actually. Also, if you are referring to Memphis Belle, this was a bit southerly of that attack.

And if you mean the instance where they went around twice before shifting to a secondary target, this wasn't in that theater of operations, so no one's luck was involved here. For those who understand this real-world reference, counselling will be provided...

The unorthodox uniform worn to the award ceremony was notable as well.

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1 month 3 days ago #69186 by null0trooper
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Schol-R-LEA wrote: A mandible from an equine, with a significant amount of dried blood on one end.

Depending on the source universe, Samson's jawbone of a donkey, and/or Cain's weapon of choice.

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1 month 3 days ago - 1 month 3 days ago #69187 by Schol-R-LEA
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The former, Samson's jawbone of an ass.

Which to this day is also a common method of killing business agreements, wedding plans, and friendships.

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