Aisle 21, Shelf 7, Object E8:D2:ED:BF:AC:0C

An ebony box, about the size of a shoebox, with a prominent red button on the front.

You push the button. Now there are two identical boxes on the shelf.

Aisle 591, Shelf 4, Object F6:2A:D5:AB:9E:CA

A black plastic box, approximately the size of a briefcase, with a discreet round button on the lid.

You push the button. The scent of pine fills the air, and the box opens. It is empty.

Aisle 12, Shelf 5, Object 1A:F3:4C:9E:7B:DF

A magnifying glass. What's that doing here?

Aisle 4289, Shelf 2, Object D3:DC:6A:FD:7E:06

A plaster death mask of Albert Einstein. It's quite well-made; you can see his every pore.

You reach out to touch it, then think better of it.

Aisle 64319, Shelf 7, Object DE:F1:AB:6C:D5:D3

A filigreed silver box, roughly the size of a deck of cards, with a discreet white button on the front.

You push the button. A hollow voice says "Plugh".

Aisle 11, Shelf 3, Object FC:4E:CC:5B:F6:A9

A photograph of Leonora Carrington standing in the middle of a small crowd.

You take a second look at it and are pretty sure she has moved slightly.

Aisle 76, Shelf 7, Object D5:FA:B8:E7:CF:19

A wax death mask of Elizabeth Bathory. There is a tiny bead of moisture in the corner of one eye.

Judging by the built-up dust, nobody has touched this in years.

Aisle 28, Shelf 5, Object F4:B2:DE:F6:CB:FD

A glass Coke bottle, empty. There's something unpleasant about it; you can't quite put your finger on it.

Aisle 50, Shelf 2, Object 7A:FB:4C:E2:CA:BD

A photograph of Alan Turing looking straight at the camera.

You take a second look at it and are pretty sure he has moved slightly.

Aisle 314, Shelf 9, Object E0:F9:DB:A5:EC:4F

An ornately-framed mirror, about three feet tall. Your reflection seems ordinary, but glaring over your left (or is that right?) shoulder is Helena Blavatsky. She shouts, or laughs -- it's hard to tell without sound -- and you begin to see the shelving through your hands.

Aisle 37, Shelf 1, Object 1B:FB:5E:CD:93:AF

A black lacquered box, roughly the size of a matchbox, with a prominent black button on the side.

You push the button. The scent of lemon fills the air, and the box opens. A pale green moth emerges and vanishes up into the rafters.

Aisle 94819, Shelf 3, Object 2C:E5:0B:CA:68:DF

A black and white photograph of William Shakespeare, around twenty years old, holding a bouquet of roses. The photo has been torn into three uneven pieces and taped back together.

If you look at it long enough, he sticks his tongue out at you.

Aisle 5091, Shelf 4, Object 4A:3E:27:BC:5D:4B

A leather wallet. There's something pleasant about it; you aren't sure what.

It is entirely unremarkable.

Aisle 43837, Shelf 5, Object 02:CF:D1:BE:CA:5B

A photograph of Adolf Hitler standing in a country lane.

You take a second look at it and are pretty sure he has moved slightly.

Aisle 11, Shelf 9, Object AE:4A:FA:9D:BA:CE

A 13-inch RCA color TV/VCR combo playing an advertisement for "pocket" garden hoses on a continuous loop. It does not appear to be plugged in.

When your safety badge gets hot enough to melt and release its ammonia fumes, you realize that you have been chanting the sales pitch along with the narrator for the last ten minutes. Your throat is raw, and now you're going to have to spend the last hour of your shift in Decontamination. Damn it.

Aisle 576, Shelf 4, Object DB:63:F0:CA:C2:DE

A plaster death mask of John Dee. The amount of detail is startling; his eyelashes look almost real.

Going by the built-up dust, nobody has touched this in years.

Aisle 63, Shelf 1, Object E7:FC:AF:D7:E2:BA

A red lacquered box, approximately the size of a briefcase, with a prominent red button on the front.

You push the button and the box vanishes.

Aisle 99840, Shelf 8, Object A5:AB:2F:EF:1C:DC

A 4x6 photograph of Adolf Hitler, in his youth, sitting on a stack of books.

If you look at it long enough, he winks at you.

Aisle 2553, Shelf 5, Object A6:4B:F7:2E:CB:0D

A microwave oven. Perfectly ordinary, as far as you can tell.

It smells faintly of lemon and ... cedar?

Aisle 45, Shelf 9, Object 81:E2:AA:C3:FE:5F

A gilt-bronze box, approximately the size of a briefcase, with a prominent red button on the lid.

You feel a strong sense of deja vu as you reach out to push the button.

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