The tradition of Lollies in part shipments

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Fred Kroft

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Jun 27, 2002, 9:31:11 PM6/27/02
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Hello,

Whenever I order parts from most printer & IC distributors, I always
get a small bag of lollies, or some fantales in the carton ;).

I received a carton of IC's from Polykom today, and I found a bag of
gummies with the "Polykom" logo on the bag. I was amased at the bother
this company went to logo'fying a bag of gummies !. It's becoming such
an institution now (and it's a nice thought to). When ever I fit a
part on site, I always snack on their treats they put in the box as
fit the part ;). It's a very nice gester !.

When did this tradition first start out ?. It's been going for as gone
as I remember.

any thoughts from the 'way way way backs' here ? ;)

-f

John Mackesy

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Jun 27, 2002, 11:03:54 PM6/27/02
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There is, or at least there was, a mob in New Zealand who overhauled
cylinders for aircraft engines. When you got a new cylinder, there'd be a
bottle of beer in it... More of it, I say.

John Mackesy

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Don McKenzie

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Jun 28, 2002, 12:09:17 AM6/28/02
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John Mackesy wrote:
>
> There is, or at least there was, a mob in New Zealand who overhauled
> cylinders for aircraft engines. When you got a new cylinder, there'd be a
> bottle of beer in it... More of it, I say.
>
> John Mackesy
>
> "Fred Kroft" <fre...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> > Hello,
> >
> > Whenever I order parts from most printer & IC distributors, I always
> > get a small bag of lollies, or some fantales in the carton ;).

Struth!
Now I am confused, should I sent out lollies, or beer?

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Bevan Weiss

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Jun 28, 2002, 12:32:39 AM6/28/02
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I'd stick with lollies, that way you can't get done for possibly supplying
alcohol to a minor...

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Jason

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Jun 28, 2002, 12:36:29 AM6/28/02
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Both! Actually, if you're sending out beer, make that a bag of cashews.

I'll buy a PIC16F84 off you! :-)

Jase.

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Jim Granville

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Jun 28, 2002, 12:46:22 AM6/28/02
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Don McKenzie wrote:
>
> John Mackesy wrote:
> >
> > There is, or at least there was, a mob in New Zealand who overhauled
> > cylinders for aircraft engines. When you got a new cylinder, there'd be a
> > bottle of beer in it... More of it, I say.
> >
> > John Mackesy
> >
> > "Fred Kroft" <fre...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> > news:pan.2002.06.28.11...@yahoo.com...
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > Whenever I order parts from most printer & IC distributors, I always
> > > get a small bag of lollies, or some fantales in the carton ;).
>
> Struth!
> Now I am confused, should I sent out lollies, or beer?

Simple...

Beer -> Australia
Lollies -> Rest of world, especially Saudi Arabia et al.

David Perry

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Jun 28, 2002, 12:48:00 AM6/28/02
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Beer gummies?

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Bevan Weiss

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Shouldn't that be
gummy beers...

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Khoa Du

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Jun 28, 2002, 2:34:06 AM6/28/02
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ahh... that explains why the inventory officer has a draw full of candy!

it all makes sense now!!


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Henrik Johnsson

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Jun 28, 2002, 2:48:22 AM6/28/02
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Jim Granville <jim.gr...@designtools.co.nz> wrote:
> Don McKenzie wrote:
[snip]

>> Now I am confused, should I sent out lollies, or beer?
>
> Simple...
>
> Beer -> Australia
> Lollies -> Rest of world, especially Saudi Arabia et al.

Actually, I'd be careful when shipping overseas or at least make sure
it's accounted for in the paperwork. Once we shipped some equipment to
a very important customer and someone thought that a few coffe mugs
could somehow get some sorely needed goodwill points since the product
had been delayed. Instead we missed the delivery dead line when the
customs officer held the shipment due to those very mugs. All ended
well though. After the initial anger the customer reps chose to joke
about those mugs and it felt like it eased the tension a bit between
us, so perhaps they served their purpose after all.

/Henrik

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Alexander Weiss

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"Fred Kroft" <fre...@yahoo.com> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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> Hello,
>
> Whenever I order parts from most printer & IC distributors, I always
> get a small bag of lollies, or some fantales in the carton ;).


I thought that are silicon balls for absorbing moisture, I never try to eat
this ;-)

Alex


Andrew

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Jun 28, 2002, 3:28:27 AM6/28/02
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We normally only get these around christmas time these days, depending
on the rep. Last christmas I got a few bottles of fine scotch and
about 3 HUGE jars of lollies. Quite often the reps take you out for
free dinner and a bit of a piss-up but alas, very few lollies through
the year.

Andy



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Mark Harriss

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Jun 28, 2002, 4:46:55 AM6/28/02
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I used to have a few empty tins of "Engineer's Lubrication" brand beer

Regards
Mark H

Just Me

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> Shouldn't that be
> gummy beers...

Only if you have a kiwi accent!


Peter

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Jun 28, 2002, 7:09:22 AM6/28/02
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I once worked for a company that built board testers. The kit was a large
desk supported by equipment racks. One of the first units was shipped to a
German customer who, after a few weeks complained that the machine was "very
noisy and running hot". A field service engineer was dispatched, to find the
production department's hot-air gun had been left plugged in and switched on
in the back of a rack.
There was also a green plastic frog in there, but we never found out why!

Peter.

Spehro Pefhany

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Jun 28, 2002, 7:15:10 AM6/28/02
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In comp.arch.embedded Henrik Johnsson <henrik....@emw.ericsson.se> wrote:
>
> Actually, I'd be careful when shipping overseas or at least make sure
> it's accounted for in the paperwork. Once we shipped some equipment to
> a very important customer and someone thought that a few coffe mugs
> could somehow get some sorely needed goodwill points since the product
> had been delayed. Instead we missed the delivery dead line when the
> customs officer held the shipment due to those very mugs. All ended
> well though. After the initial anger the customer reps chose to joke
> about those mugs and it felt like it eased the tension a bit between
> us, so perhaps they served their purpose after all.

Avoid shipping T-shirts etc. unless they are made in the country you are
sending them to ;-) , there are strictly enforced textile quotas in
effect in some countries. If the T-shirts are made in XX and printed in YY
country, that's okay, as it's the textiles that are being kept out.

Best regards,
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RP Henry

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Jun 28, 2002, 10:42:16 AM6/28/02
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I hear some of the new packing kernels are edible.

Just Allan

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Jun 28, 2002, 11:27:05 AM6/28/02
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Well, not a "way back", but... I used to work at a screenprinting
company years ago. At one stage, they paid a fortune for this video
series on sales. It taught people how to answer the phone correctly,
and assist the customer, instead of just being a "price giver" - and
all sorts of other things. One of the main ideas was to include the
lollies. Idea being of course, they would order again to get the
packet of minties. (Are people really that gullible?)

Allan.

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Grant Edwards

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Jun 28, 2002, 11:40:05 AM6/28/02
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In article <3D1C75C8...@saic.com>, RP Henry wrote:

> I hear some of the new packing kernels are edible.

Yea, but they don't taste very nice.

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Dave the Lurker

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Jun 28, 2002, 11:52:09 AM6/28/02
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In article <pr%S8.3017$eH2.2...@ruti.visi.com>, gra...@visi.com
says...

> In article <3D1C75C8...@saic.com>, RP Henry wrote:
>
> > I hear some of the new packing kernels are edible.
>
> Yea, but they don't taste very nice.

They need a little salt.

cheers
Dave

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If water gets in though there is a big problem
as they are water soluble.
Ends up looking a bit like porridge.

Alex


Bevan Weiss

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Jun 28, 2002, 9:01:04 PM6/28/02
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I thought that they tasted quite nice...
I live in new zealand and we have a breakfast cereal called honey puffs,
which is essentially puffed rice covered in honey. I thought that they
tasted very much like these.

Apparently quite a few people a year are killed when eating non-edible
packaging kernals.

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Jim (from Oz)

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On Fri, 28 Jun 2002 16:32:39 +1200, "Bevan Weiss"
<kaiz...@hotmail.NOSPAMcom> wrote:

>I'd stick with lollies, that way you can't get done for possibly supplying
>alcohol to a minor...

Would that be OK if you make pit props? :)

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Grant Edwards

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In article <10253091...@aknx2.orcon.net.nz>, Bevan Weiss wrote:

> Apparently quite a few people a year are killed when eating non-edible
> packaging kernals.

Cite!

[Wrong newsgroup, but this is so far OT already...]

That sounds seriously like an Urban Legend. I can't find it
mentioned in any of the UL databases, so it must be a new one.
Any references for it?

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Bevan Weiss wrote:
>
> I thought that they tasted quite nice...
> I live in new zealand and we have a breakfast cereal called honey puffs,
> which is essentially puffed rice covered in honey. I thought that they
> tasted very much like these.

I've never actually received such a package, but I heard that pop-corn
is a useful packaging, presumably made with as little sugar as possible.

Tim

Tim Polmear

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Insofar as they are made from rice and they will provide a net
positive nutritional value yes. But I wouldn't think they're
manufactured as a 'food' item and so who knows what the actual
ingredients are and how safe they are for human consumption.

I made the mistake of showing the children at school how you can eat
them and now I have to go around saying "Don't eat them, they're not
*really* meant for eating - back, back I say!... Okay eat those ones
but *not* the foamy 8's"

Grant Edwards

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In article <9jmrhusdeqb22qi0s...@4ax.com>, Tim Polmear wrote:

>>I hear some of the new packing kernels are edible.
>
> Insofar as they are made from rice and they will provide a net
> positive nutritional value yes.

Hadn't heard of rice being used. The ones I've read about are
made from corn starch. The ones I've eaten tasted vaguely like
corn also.

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Dave Tweed

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Jun 29, 2002, 2:28:08 PM6/29/02
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Grant Edwards wrote:
> In article <9jmrhusdeqb22qi0s...@4ax.com>, Tim Polmear wrote:
> >>I hear some of the new packing kernels are edible.
> > Insofar as they are made from rice and they will provide a net
> > positive nutritional value yes.
>
> Hadn't heard of rice being used. The ones I've read about are
> made from corn starch. The ones I've eaten tasted vaguely like
> corn also.

Add a little day-glo orange dye and cheesy flavoring, and you've
got "Cheez-Doodles". Same stuff.

-- Dave Tweed

Tim Polmear

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On Sat, 29 Jun 2002 16:44:27 GMT, Grant Edwards <gra...@visi.com>
wrote:

>In article <9jmrhusdeqb22qi0s...@4ax.com>, Tim Polmear wrote:
>
>>>I hear some of the new packing kernels are edible.
>>
>> Insofar as they are made from rice and they will provide a net
>> positive nutritional value yes.
>
>Hadn't heard of rice being used. The ones I've read about are
>made from corn starch. The ones I've eaten tasted vaguely like
>corn also.

Corn - rice I was only guessing from the taste. We are talking about
those little bouncy beige beans about 2-3 cm long aren't we?

Grant Edwards

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Jun 30, 2002, 1:25:33 AM6/30/02
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In article <sm6thu8rt1p65se86...@4ax.com>, Tim Polmear wrote:

>>>>I hear some of the new packing kernels are edible.
>>>
>>> Insofar as they are made from rice and they will provide a net
>>> positive nutritional value yes.
>>
>>Hadn't heard of rice being used. The ones I've read about are
>>made from corn starch. The ones I've eaten tasted vaguely like
>>corn also.
>
> Corn - rice I was only guessing from the taste. We are talking about
> those little bouncy beige beans about 2-3 cm long aren't we?

I've seen a couple different shapes. Most are sort of roughly
cylindrical about 1cm dia and 2-3 cm long. IIUC, you could use
any sort of starch to make them (there's plenty of starch in
rice), but here in the states the main source of processed
starch is corn (maize).

BTW, what exactly is a "lollie"? I assume from the context
(and the similarity to the US-English word "lollipop"), that
"lollies" are a type of sweet? Here in the states "lollipop"
refers to a hard candy (usually disk-shaped) on a stick made of
rolled paper.

Nobody includes sweets in shipments of parts around here,
though vendors often send a tin of goodies (or a case of wine!)
at Christmas.

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I call them bio-cheezels. They supposedly contain a small amount of
rat-poison (or rat deterrent or something) so I would not recommend
eating them.


On Sat, 29 Jun 2002 01:47:10 GMT, gra...@visi.com (Grant Edwards)
wrote:

>In article <10253091...@aknx2.orcon.net.nz>, Bevan Weiss wrote:
>
>> Apparently quite a few people a year are killed when eating non-edible
>> packaging kernals.
>
>Cite!
>
>[Wrong newsgroup, but this is so far OT already...]
>
>That sounds seriously like an Urban Legend. I can't find it
>mentioned in any of the UL databases, so it must be a new one.
>Any references for it?


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Khoa Du

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True story.. one morning, a colleague played a prank and poured a bowl of
this packing material and left it in the kitchen with a notice next to it.
"Try Me". As the day progressed, the bowl was eventually emptied. A second
and third bowl was filled. Finally the boss made a comment that they were
very strange snacks and wondered where he could get some... apparently he
thought it would be great with beer. hahaha... The collegue said it was
imported....

They actually do taste pretty good... very much like wheat ceral...


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Pete Fenelon

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"Beefy Wotsits" as one of our (now-departed) engineers described them...

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