Sometimes, when I'm feeling particularly cynical, I imagine some practical joker tech at the Mother Ship carefully scattering a few busted-off rivet heads and boogered-up screws of various lengths and types into somewhat inaccessible concealed places in the interior.
And, when those 'plants' come wandering out of hiding after a hard day's run over rough pavement, the frantic search begins...
The origin of the idea came from a cynical article in a 1960's 'Yachting" magazine, where the author described a sneaky method of winning a race. He suggested (tongue in cheek, I'm hoping) running a bronze screw into a piece of teak, buggering the head, and then yanking the screw out with a pry bar to prepare it. Then, when your rival is sailing heeled over in a hard turn, toss the screw onto the windward side of his sail. The screw will slide down the sail, hit the deck with a loud bang, and induce the crew into a panicked search for what critical part of the rigging hardware just let go...diverting their attention from racing, and letting the perpetrator sail smoothly by.
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.