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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

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“Now ladies, this handy device, a byproduct of the Manhattan Project, gauges the level of sin in any person at whom you wave the peccatemeter wand.”

This week’s winner is Tommy R! His clever caption combines the discoveries of the atomic age with a nifty Latin neologism. Tommy, we’ll be sending you a 15% discount for the National Archives eStore.

The original caption tell us that “Sister Mary Helene ven Horst, science instructor at Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, teaches students the theory of radiation and the use of radiological monitoring instruments. . . . ca. 1960.” The photo is from the series for civil defense photographs in the Records of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

This week, give us your best captions for this photo plucked from the holdings of the National Archives. YOU tell us what’s going on and take a chance to win an eStore discount for yourself.

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Comments

Comment from Susan Parker
Time February 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

Caption (can’t insert it as directed, sorry): Bob and Jerry sat on the 100 percent organically grown rustic sled for hours, wondering when they would begin the downhill trip, when it began to dawn on them that there was no snow on the ground because it was summer.

Comment from Susan Jones
Time February 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

Is this how Santa got started?

Comment from Theresa Ihara
Time February 17, 2011 at 10:21 am

Are we there yet? I thought this was an E-Ticket ride!

Comment from jim
Time February 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

another fine ride on Beach Drive

Comment from Bobby
Time February 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

The photo says it all.

Comment from JJT
Time February 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

Are you entirely sure the magic reindeer will be here soon?

Comment from Tara McLoughlin
Time February 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

Fat boy boots? Check. Fedora? Check? Sweet wooden reindeer ride? Check. Sturgis, here we come!

Comment from Richard
Time February 17, 2011 at 11:41 am

yes, sir. I do believe I spied a snowflake.

Comment from Hugh Ryon
Time February 17, 2011 at 11:54 am

Com’on Tonto holler Hi Yo Pine Deer Awayyyy.

Comment from Jean
Time February 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

Well golly, gee whiz…maybe you *can* be too old to rock and roll!

Comment from Chris Staats
Time February 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

“I wanted to invest in the railroad, but nooooooo….YOU said wooden giraffe sleds were the wave of the future.”

Comment from David
Time February 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Joining Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders involved a more rigorous training process than these two expected.

Comment from joe
Time February 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

“Of course, there are still some kinks to be worked out with high speed rail.”

Comment from Peter McCombs
Time February 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

All children under 72 inches tall must ride accompanied by a park ranger.

Comment from David
Time February 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

YOU might be flying, Ralph, but I ain’t. Give ME a hit off that pipe and I’ll catch up!

Comment from Harry Smeltzer
Time February 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Will you shut up, Carl. I did not flood the engine. If you think it’s so easy, you drive.

Comment from Bob
Time February 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Well Harold, it seems a lot more aerodynamic in the windtunnel. We seem to have a lot more resistance here.

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time February 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Zippy, Rudolph’s stunt double
had a body made of wood
and if any-one rode him
per-fect-ly still they just stood…

Comment from Rebecca
Time February 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

We knew Cinderella’s carriage turned back into a pumpkin at midnight, but we didn’t know that Santa’s sleigh would turn back into logs after 3 pm.

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time February 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

“Oh deer…”

Comment from Jason Clingerman
Time February 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque.

Comment from Marene
Time February 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

After problems with sticky accelerators, Toyota introduced their new environmentally friendly car, the Treeus.

Comment from Dave Miller
Time February 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Annoyed at the lack of a good icefield, Olaf and Thor, recent émigrés from Norway, long for their boyhood tobogganing days and their rough hewn, but environmentally friendly sleds.