It’ll sound silly, but, hey, I need my ignorance fought.
Anyway, today I watched the 1967 pilot film for the Ironside series. Robert Ironside is shot at SIX times. A couple of the bullets hit and paralyze him.
As they find evidence around where he was shot, they find SIX acorns at the spot where the shooter fired from. But no shell casings. Ironside immediately hires a bunch of Boy Scouts to scour the terrain for something. What, we’re not told.
One character stumbles upon what they were looking for. A packrat’s nest (packrat is identified here as a hamster or such vermin). And in its nest are, you guessed it, SIX shell casings.
Ironside makes the point that when a packrat takes an item it always leaves an item. Thus, it took the six shiny casings to its nest, but like a good honest vermin, it left six acorns in their place.
Is this true, or just Hollywood BS?
Told you it would sound silly. Now, fellow Dopers, fight my ignorance.