Not long after the winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes were announced, my colleague Clara Moskowitz wrote about astrophysicist Brian Schmidt’s experience carrying his own Nobel—a half-pound gold medallion—through airport security. Schmidt’s story might be impossible to top, but we would like you to try.
So tell us, what is the weirdest thing you have ever taken through airport security? Strange instruments of science or samples from the field earn bonus points. Send us photos and descriptions, and we’ll publish the best responses on ScientificAmerican.com in time for the holiday travel season. Last day for submissions is Wednesday, December 10. 

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