} Cautiously lifting the cover, I can certainly see some spotted hard,
} thin, crunchy-looking things that could be eggshell. Currently no
} indication of blight or indeed much of a surprise.
} However, I haven't survived for several millennia without various
} safety mechanisms. Usually, this involves someone else going first.
} Hoy, Zadoc!
} "You hollered, your omniscience?"
} Indeed; about 30 seconds ago. Now, one of my supplicants...
} "The sunshine of your day, the inspiration for your smile, and source
} of all that makes life worth living, despite what you say about them
} in private"
} Thank you, Zadoc. As I was saying, one of my supplicants has sent me
} this "Blighted Eggshell Surprise". Would you please taste it and see
} whether it's safe?
} "Thank you, your greatness. The first food I've had in weeks, apart
} from your otherwise delicious and nutritious tongue-scrapings. The
} fragments are certainly artistically arranged, and very attractive.
} Hard to the touch, and very crunchy indeed. A bit of a whiff of
} volatiles about them, though. Oh, look, and there's a toy in the
} middle. A little aeroplane; just what I always wanted."
} I now see your cunning, dear supplicant. All you did was paint a
} Kinder surprise plastic egg in Dulux eggshell-white and crush it in a
} sauce of dilute paint stripper. It is indeed fortunate that I made
} Zadoc taste it first.
} "Oh, aweful and adorable Oracle, whose shoelaces I am not worthy to
} nibble; can I keep the plane?"
} Of course you may Zadoc; this is your reward. Now, go and play for
} five minutes before you have to start preparing my afternoon bath.
} You owe the Oracle a Farrow-and-Ball elephant breath explosion. My
} hallway needs resurfacing.