Take a look at the picture below.

The art of shredding...

Somewhere in that lovely mess, on one shred of paper – or more? – there is an eleven digit number that I need.

How lovely!

Luckily for me, I've managed to find all the pieces. And it only took about 20 minutes. :) Which is still a long time compared to about three seconds that it originally took to cause the problem...

Lessons learned:

  1. Don't shred anything unless you're absolutely, positively, beyond a shadow of a doubt certain that complete and utter destruction is what you're after.
  2. Shredders are not perfect.