Between the comments of the my last post and people I have talked to, my mystery knobs and switches box is more then likely a home brew lighting controller. And yea It would probably make a excellent airport freak out device, especially if had a battery strapped to it with the lights on.
For Odds & Ends 2 I present this wooden box and its contents:
I found this box when I was helping my grandparents clean out my grandmothers cousin's apartment after he past away. We threw out tons of stuff, but there were a few things that I thought would be a shame to toss. The man seen the world and was a WWII vet, he even had some news papers with the attack of pearl harbor on the front page. I saved this box because I thought it was interesting, not sure what it was originally for and I have no idea what is written on it. As far as what was in the box when I found it the shrapnel always interested me the most. He received a purple heart, and I cant help but think that's the chunks of metal that helped him earn it.
I have been told that the little figurine is of a Pope and was carried by french solders in WWII, there where 2 of them but I gave one to my cousin.