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A question for Scifoo campers

How many people had their luggage inspected by a TSA agent at the airport due to the suspicious shape of the Google crystal cube?

I was one….


  1. #1 PZ Myers
    August 7, 2007

    Didn’t happen to me. But then, I look so wholesome and have an all-American name.

  2. #2 Carl Bergstrom
    August 7, 2007

    I did, as did Michael Kurtz who was traveling with me. The security guys explaining that the x-ray machine cannot penetrate that much glass (not sure whether this makes any sense or not – some of you physics types can surely tell me) and thus the object looks very strange on their machines.

    A wonderful departing joke by the folks at Google?

  3. #3 coturnix
    August 7, 2007

    Yup. They are having the last laugh…

  4. #4 Richard Akerman
    August 7, 2007

    Me, in Toronto when I changed planes.

  5. #5 Jonathan Eisen
    August 8, 2007

    When I got on the Amtrak train I could not find my ticket. So I was sifting through my baggage and the conductor saw this cube. He said “Sir, you will have to come with me.” And they took me to some room in the engine car and did a full luggage scan and body search. The conductor kept saying “We simply do not trust scientists or google” and he kept writing stuff down in his notebook. After about 1 hour of this, they finally said – “You can go” and I was thrown off the train in Berkeley, without my cube. I managed to catch the next train, where everyone on the train was wearing those black google shirts and driving around on those bizarre google copies of the Segway scooter. I hid in the bathroom the whole time, while every five minutes or so someone banged on the door saying “get out of there now.”

    See – train rides can be fun too.

  6. #6 peter murray-rust
    August 8, 2007

    I got my bag opened at SFO and thought “oh it must be the Google cube”. but it was just the free bottle of wine that the hotel/Google had put in the bedroom. I had mentally assumed that it was only international flights…

    They assured me, of course, that they would destroy the bottle…

  7. #7 coturnix
    August 8, 2007

    Jonathan is on his Kafka binge again, I see…

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