Anatomy of a Crime Scene

I tried an experiment, where I left Altoid tins in my garden bed to see if they would rust.

A garden bed littered with altoid tins.

Some of them did rust a little bit, and some faded in the sun! I know you are wondering why you didn’t think to try this yourself – don’t despair! You also can fade your own Altoid tins in the sun! Here’s how:

  1. Place Altoid tins in a garden bed, your yard, a patio, or on the dashboard of a automobile
  2. Wait

My initial experiment involved two regular “red” Altoid boxes, and one Cinnamon box. I started at the end of the summer in 2019, and let them sit outside all winter. It wasn’t until later spring that I noticed the finish was fading. The second batch, shown above, started in July, and some of the boxes began fading within 3 weeks.

This diorama is in a box from the first batch. It shows, as you might guess, the Anatomy. of a Crime Scene.

Faded Altoid box, top edge view
Faded Altoid box
Cut paper diorama in Altoid tin showing a sitting room
Detail from a diorama showing a knife and wellington boot

Don’t Drink Bleach

I was as stunned as you were to hear Mr. Trump speak about his theories regarding UV light, and disinfectants. If he was smart, he’d leave the Weird Science to the professionals. But, that’s the problem, isn’t it? You can’t make this stuff up!

Donald Trump drinking bleach.

Doctor Poison’s Assistant was called Wormwood

Altoid Diorama with mad scientists

Insomnia Haiku #7

This is a reworking of #3.

Words make things better,
Reliving my day again,
I should have said that.

Insomnia Haiku #6

Dreamless Fantasy,
All women have size 12 feet,
And I steal their shoes.

Poem in an altoids tin with the soles of feet

And under the black light:

Poem in an altoids tin with the soles of feet under a black light