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  1. I once stepped on a max232 (dil) barefoot!
    Lego has nothing on that pain, I had to pull it out, not fun :)

    My workshop is a mess junk everywhere, I can’t throw anything away.

  2. Never had a component forced in my skin ;-)
    Burn marks on the other hand:
    – electrostatic discharge from iron tip to index finger left a hole, in my skin that is;
    – burned index finger on iron while trying to keep it steady (yep, very stupid);
    – shape of DIP burned into middle finger (including pin 1 indicator) as a result of checking whether or not it was running hot;
    – burned of the hairs of my right forearm as a result of a jet flame after throwing a lit match in an empty PVC glue bottle. Oh wait this is of topic :-)

    1. One time, I was staring so intently at the circuit that I didn’t look at what I was doing as I passed the soldering iron from one hand to the other. Unfortunately, the habit of holding a pencil was so ingrained that I gripped the hot iron like a #2 pencil. I actually heard the skin burning before I felt it. Yikes! The worst thing was that holding a pencil was not very comfortable for a long time.

      P.S. Sorry for you kiddies who don’t know what a pencil is, since nobody writes by hand any more these days… :-)

    1. Which flux might that be (my magnifier isn’t big enough to read that), and more importantly, where can I get it ? :)

  3. our hackerspaces vacuum cleaner probably has about $500 in parts inside it. We were thinking of a competition that involved making the coolest things out of whatever you could find on the floor.

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