Comic 888 - Check the gray box

Posted on 4th Apr 2018, 12:40 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
Check the gray box

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Morgenstern 4th Apr 2018, 12:40 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
After thinking about it more, you shut the lid to the gun box. You suspect you'll be looking for somewhere to hide it later... somewhere no one can find it.

You go to check the last of the boxes--the gray one. It's a little heavy, but you manage to drag it down from the stained crate. It feels like it's made of some kind of metal.

After thorough examination, you can't find anywhere to open it. No holes, no handles, no clasps, no cracks, no weak sections. The box is very sturdy.

"Perhaps that's what so bizarre and noteworthy about it," Dr. Finch says with a nervous smile. "A Zone Fifty container that's actually secure."

Comments:

anailater 4th Apr 2018, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
Uuuuh hmmmmmm

Maybe we can use our blood as a concentrated water jet to cut it open?

But maybe if it's sealed this tight we dont want to open it.
Ronmr 4th Apr 2018, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
Yea, there is a reason, probably a good reason why it is so secure.
Baron11704 4th Apr 2018, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
We should get through the other boxes, then take this one out into a field somewhere in ilworth and try to cut a small hole to fit a camera so we can see inside, I don't like the idea of Z50 being actually worried about something. Though they did sell it so whatever's in there can't be world ending, considering they weren't dumb enough to sell the Lasker base
PurpleKetchup 4th Apr 2018, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
They were dumb enough to leave 12 robots in charge of its eternal maintenance, without any way to obtain the resources for it.
Not the best track record, that.
Leafia_Barrett 4th Apr 2018, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
Leafia_Barrett
Ah... let's, let's maybe put that one off for the moment. There's only one other container left, correct? Let's take a look at that first.
PurpleKetchup 4th Apr 2018, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
I see the big crate holding the gate, and two smaller cardboard packages under the vampire kit.
Mochi 4th Apr 2018, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
Mochi
that's got the bigfoot stuff in it. we've been through all the boxes now.
lil Joshu 4th Apr 2018, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Let us take a moment to appreciate that Finch made a snarky joke.
Fishbulb 4th Apr 2018, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Fishbulb
Maybe they would be better off trying to find an x-ray machine or something to try to see what's inside without actually opening it. Does Ilworth have an abandoned hospital?
psychoshen 4th Apr 2018, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
psychoshen
X-rays might not work. It's some sort of metal? Maybe an ultrasound would work. That's assuming the box isn't full of multiple things of different densities.
pkrankow 4th Apr 2018, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
pkrankow
It may have a magnetic slide latch in it so first it would require the key, then it would require where to place and how to move the key.

Alternately it could be welded shut like a time capsule. To be really secure the welds would be machined off and the box polished. Etching with a moderate strength acid would reveal the welds.

There are metal "puzzle boxes" that look seamless even thougn they are not. Listening very carefully tilt the box to see if there is a mechanism.

Some puzzle boxes are held along 2 diagonal edges near the corners, and slide open. If you do not hold the edges in the correct places the box will not open. There may or may not be a mechanism.

We could weigh the box, compare the density to the apparent material and estimate the size of the interior.

I am positive there is a simple, nearly trivial set of steps required to open this box safely and without damage.
Leafia_Barrett 4th Apr 2018, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Leafia_Barrett
I guess this all makes sense. If it's a magnetic key, though, we may not have it.
Look for ways the box may be sealed via either puzzle or mechanism.
pkrankow 4th Apr 2018, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
pkrankow
There are also ways to locate cracks in metal with special paints, or magnetic fields. The paints are not exactly cheap but not expensive. A basic kit of penetration dye and developer is less than $50.