# Odd Christmas presents

#### Markd77

Joined Sep 7, 2009
2,806
For some reason I got a jar of tahini and a bag of dried chickpeas in my stocking. Obviously there is only one use for them, which is making hummus, so I've just finished making around 2.5 kilos of it. Tastes OK. Apparently it freezes well, which is good news, because that's a huge pile of hummus.

Did anyone else get anything unexpected or unusual?

#### strantor

Joined Oct 3, 2010
5,329
I got a 3-pack of ladies granny panties and a bottle of hand sanitizer in my stocking.

#### MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
21,814
I got a unicycle for Christmas. Now I have to learn to ride the darn thing before the little bit of vestibulocochlear nerve that I have left runs out.

#### DerStrom8

Joined Feb 20, 2011
2,390

Marked down from $100 for for post-Christmas clearout. #### strantor Joined Oct 3, 2010 5,329 They fly them in the mall. the little kiosk guys. I always thought that was pretty brave. I've seen dash-mount camera footage of people walking out into traffic and throwing their bodies against the hood of cars for insurance claims. I can just see someone waiting until the heli gets low enough and then intenionally walking into it. #### thatoneguy Joined Feb 19, 2009 6,359 They fly them in the mall. the little kiosk guys. I always thought that was pretty brave. I've seen dash-mount camera footage of people walking out into traffic and throwing their bodies against the hood of cars for insurance claims. I can just see someone waiting until the heli gets low enough and then intenionally walking into it. The gyro ones are nearly impossible to crash. If they lose signal, they simply hover where they lost signal, it's pretty awesome. You can also do perfect 90 degree turns with them. I have a few of the non-gyro stabilized ones, and though it is kind of fun, you are continually fighting the trim as the battery gets low, and you need a fast thumb to do a snap 90 degree turn, which isn't very good, think "undamped oscillator", while the gyro ones (marked as 3.5 channel) are critically damped oscilators. They are a hoot to fly, and amazingly resilient, when another helo flies over yours, you lose all lift and it hits the ground quick (when at 8 feet), you could probably recover if in a mall or similar and had 3 stories of airspace to play with. #### DerStrom8 Joined Feb 20, 2011 2,390 Go to JC Penny's, they have a sale on those IR Helicopters for$30, they have an internal gyroscope and are super-easy to fly.

Marked down from \$100 for for post-Christmas clearout.
That sounds awesome, but my local JCPenny's got flooded during Hurricane Irene. Had 8 feet of water in the building, and they don't plan to reopen until March or April

Would have been an awesome gift to give the kids, though