Friday, April 20, 2012

Serious Business



OK, we wrap up the week with one of my favorite pictures. This really looks like some important work, but you are going to have to guess what it is.

As far as yesterday's picture . . . yes the government used some of your money to develop a cannon for shooting baseballs to test, well, how baseballs behave when shot out of a National Bureau of Standards baseball cannon.

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  1. Other than guessing that they are check to see what the special formula for hair tonic will do to bugs, I can't guess any more.
    But I find it strange that if the stuff they are pouring out is so toxic that they have to wear gas masks, why wouldn't they have on full protective gear.
    Wait they are testing gas masks to see if you can do your every day chores with them on.

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  2. Planting radio-active corn.

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  3. Are they spreading manure :)Maybe chicken manure and they don't want to get psittacosis?

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  5. Perhaps they are looking for deer mouse scat which is a well known source of hanta virus. The headgear is justified since the scat dust can be deadly. The long tweezers are for placing scat into a glass filled with water.

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  6. I think I have it! How about this? They are checking the efects of pesticides on earthworms. That's why he has those tongs so he can pull the earthworm out of the ground without touching it. They then rinse the pesticide off with water and take the worm back to the lab for disection. Must be some really strong pesticide, that's why they have the gas masks on.

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  7. Beating their swords into plowshares – after having witnessed the defoliating power of poison gas in the late Great War, America is determined to apply the technology to good use. Shown here are two workers of the US Department of Agriculture testing gas on the seventh hole at the Washington Golf and Country Club. While eliminating the rough, the gas had the unintended consequence of creating a giant sand hazard. After the experiments, unmasked and hurried concrete workers poured uneven and odd shaped piles of concrete over the test area. This unusual feature on the seventh, when dry would became the first miniature golf course, spawning a new industry.

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  8. April 20, 1941, the day twins Emmett and Eugene Butts turned 21, bury the over 15,000 lima beans they refused to eat as children (and smuggled off their plates and into a sack in the attic). They were a little overly dramatic using the gas masks. The joke was on them when their back field grew into one of the largest lima bean crops of the early 40's and their mother served lima bean casserole daily for the next 20 years.

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  9. Checking for radioactive insect corpses downwind from the Handford Nucelar Reservation in Washington State.

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  10. Before genetically engineered grits, the seed had to be protected from grits weevils until they were well rooted. Grits weevils give off noxious fumes when disturbed.

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  11. They are collecting stink bugs.

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