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    This is the personal site of Ted the serendipitist, who has interpreted the Wikipedia definition of 'Hunter-Gatherer' (see that page) as meaning someone who visits junk shops, charity shops, antique shops and hebdomadal matutinal car boot sales in order to acquire low-value objects, which no-one in their right minds would want, at low cost (well, apart from antique shops, that is).

    Deluded Ted believes that at some time in the future, some of his acquisitions will be highly desirable and worth a small fortune.

  •       Car Boot Sales


    There are two types of sellers at car boot sales, viz traders and ordinary people. Ted tends to avoid traders owing to the high chance of inadvertently purchasing inferior goods at high prices. However, Ted did recently manage to acquire a large number of pairs of everlasting socks at only 50p per pair.


    Buyers need to understand traders' language; on asked how much the French carriage clock is, the response might be "toonarf." This would be interpreted as £250. There is no first aid on site for buyers who faint.


    Ted has discovered that, 99% of the time, a strange-looking object is either a massager, a fitness device or a CD rack.


    When a husband and wife team are selling their unwanted items at a car boot stall, it is an interesting fact that, whatever position the husband holds at work, be it dogsbody, manager or chief executive, it is the wife who wears the trousers. If someone asks the wife how much the pretty mug is, she'll say, for example, "50p." However, if the husband were asked, he would turn to his wife and say, "Er... how much for this, dear?" - even if it belongs to him.

    At other times the wife can be heard saying, "No, not there - put it on the ground here...", "You need to turn those round", "You can empty this box now..." or "You can pour me a cup of tea now - you did pack the flask as I asked, didn't you?"

    The simple fact is that women are more suited to this activity than the average man is, and so they naturally take control.


    In the early days, Ted's wife would suddenly say, "Ooh, look! They've GOT one!!!" This somewhat weakened Ted's position when he started to haggle. A more appropriate method for achieving a minimal sale price is to pick up the piece unenthusiastically and give a look of horror on hearing the price.

    Some sellers dither when asked the price of an item. At the first sign of this, the buyer should offer a very low price; there is a high chance that it will be accepted, especially if a wife is not in sight.

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K’Nex ‘Bonanza’ Amusement Machine

Ted has done it again – another K’Nex slot machine!

K'Nex 'Bonanza' Amusement Machine



K’Nex Binary Machine

Ted’s K’Nex Binary Machine

K'Nex Binary MachineTed has been busy – he’s made yet another K’Nex machine from the pieces he has acquired from eBay and car boot sales.

This one works with K’Nex balls and can be powered by solar panels, thus acting as a Sunlight Counter.

There is a YouTube link here.

You can also look at the Instructables entry (which explains how the main sections were constructed).

K’Nex Amusement Machine

Ted’s K’Nex Amusement Machine

Ted has been busy – he’s made another K’Nex machine!

This one works with rubber balls which bounce down pins.

Have a look at the end of the K’Nex Creations page for details. There is also a YouTube link here.

You can also look at the Instructables entry (which explains how the main sections were constructed).

K'Nex Ball Amusement Machine

K'Nex Ball Amusement Machine