The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 December 2003

Cramming it

Consumer Reports has an occasional feature called "Claim Check," in which they attempt to duplicate a stunt performed for an advertisement to see if it's at all credible. Example: for the January '04 issue, they bounced a six-pound bowling ball onto a couple sheets of Bounty stretched over an embroidery hoop. What's more, they were wet sheets. Did the paper towels hold? They did.

Something like this spirit motivated me to try out this CD rack; the idea of a single piece of furniture that does not take over a room and yet can hold a thousand Compact Discs is almost mind-boggling, at least to my dain-bramaged mind. The assembly was relatively simple, once I figured out that actually reading the printed-in-Taiwan documentation was more of a boondoggle than a boon, but what I wanted to know was the Big Question: "How much does this thing hold? Really?"

I had, in fact, asked this of the dealer via email the night before Thanksgiving, and threw in what I thought was the catch: "Does this capacity figure include the standard jewel boxes?" He responded the next day that yes, it did, and the mere fact that he actually answered on Turkey Day was enough to cinch the sale. And I'm here to tell you that yes, if you install all 36 shelves at the optimum height, and you leave no space between the jewel boxes on each shelf, this contraption does indeed hold 1040 CDs as advertised. Being the sort of person who doesn't cram everything into the smallest available space, I will probably realize a capacity of about 1000 or so; this is still quite satisfactory, and I hereby pronounce this claim checked and verified.

Posted at 9:43 PM to General Disinterest

A few years back, one of the gun magazines did something like that with some Master Lock laminated padlocks, and found that it did indeed take some serious firepower to blow them open.

I worked a brief contract at Master Lock a few years ago, and was told that in fact they do occasionally repeat that test as part of the quality control process, but no, they had a marksman handle the job and I could not get in on it.

Posted by: triticale at 9:05 PM on 7 December 2003

Shucks. That might have been fun, blowing away a padlock with a round or two.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:35 AM on 8 December 2003