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Elsie Mitchell's Picnic Basket
Picnic basket

Origin

Elsie Mitchell

Type

Picnic Basket

Effects

Unleashes explosions

Downsides

Grievous injury to those within direct vicinity

Activation

Opening in forests

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Sun Tzu-28D

Aisle

28D-03B

Shelf

486770-2186-718

Date of Collection

November 15, 1992

[Source]


OriginEdit

Elsie Winters married pastor Archie Mitchell and they acted as missionaries in Vietnam for two years; afterwards, they homeschooled children in Oregon. One 1945 May day, the couple took five children on a picnic to Gearhart Mountain for some enjoyment. Instead, an explosion occurred which killed Elsie and the kids. The blast was caused by a weaponized meteorological  balloon dispersed by Japan. Armed with several bombs each, they were inteneded to cause fires and wreak havoc on the mainland.

Reports of the tragedy were silenced during the war, as the military did not want Japan to think it had a viable weapon. In reality, only a small portion of the 10,000 balloons ever reached the mainland. The demise of Elsie and her children were the only succesful instance of a foreign attack on American soil during the war, and they were mourned with a full press release after peace was declared.

EffectsEdit

Causes explosions when opened, similar in detonation style to multiple bombs going off in unison. Most victims will suffer fatal injuries if not treated immediately. However, it will only ever activate in forests and similarly wooded areas.

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