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   Undertoad  Monday Sep 8 03:39 PM

9/8/2003: Ear horns



This pair of Victorian-era ear horns is a hoot! They aren't metal, they're made out of paper mache.

I thought such things were only a joke, but it seems they really did exist. Apparently they were originally developed for sailors to communicate over miles over open sea, and then of course used by the hard-of-hearing.



dave  Monday Sep 8 04:02 PM

A fine example of military technology working its way down into everyday life. A big round of thanks to all you government contractors out there!



Bitman  Monday Sep 8 06:28 PM

So which end do you light?

<geek type="science">
If you put your hands behind your head, the parts of your arms sticking out will form large ears. It doesn't make a big difference, but if you fire up the stereo, you'll hear it. Arm angles might need tweaking for best effect.
</geek>



daniwong  Monday Sep 8 06:33 PM

You know - I sat here and tried to think of something funny to say about this.


I can't - its just a little to odd for me.



Sperlock  Monday Sep 8 07:12 PM

I don't know, I can't help but hear Pee Wee Herman going, "What?!? What?!?"

I think I need my medication now.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Sep 8 07:34 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by dave
A fine example of military technology working its way down into everyday life. A big round of thanks to all you government contractors out there!
Thank YOU, Dave. Your tax dollars enabled us to develop this high tech device for a mere $17b(B?) and supply them to the military for a low low price of $2700 per unit.
Your tax $ do double duty strengthing America, in that we tranferred the technology to our commercial arm. They in turn arranged to have them built by an offshore subcontractor for Wal-Mart, so that you too can have this technology in your ears for a mere $1.98.
God Bless America and its taxpayers that still have jobs.
Gov Contractor


Degrees  Tuesday Sep 9 10:35 AM

Ah, in the days of old....

Somehow, I imagine an aged Kate Winslet standing on the bow a vast ship, sailing mightly through the ocean, getting the worst ear infections ever....



dave  Tuesday Sep 9 11:01 AM

As you probably recall, I, too, am a government contractor. So thanks, suckers, for my big fat paycheck!



elSicomoro  Tuesday Sep 9 01:57 PM

Yeah...too bad we can't vote on government contractors.



dave  Tuesday Sep 9 02:22 PM

Yeah, too bad. I can't wait for that day, because that will be the day the whole country goes down the fuckin' tube. The government needs contractors, and the people need the government to need contractors. Trust me, it's much better this way.



elSicomoro  Tuesday Sep 9 11:25 PM

Most contractors are fine, I'm sure...you, on the other hand...so, what exactly are we getting for our dollars with you?



dave  Wednesday Sep 10 09:02 AM

I suppose you think I'm allowed to tell you. Ha.

(Basically, the stuff we're working on makes our military less accident prone, so it's supposed to save civilians and military lives in the long run. You're welcome.)



tokenidiot  Wednesday Sep 10 12:07 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
and its taxpayers that still have jobs.
People like this exist!?


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 10 06:37 PM

Yes but endangered, for sure.



Bitman  Wednesday Sep 10 08:00 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by dave
am a government contractor, suckers
Yah, me too. Strangely, it's the same contracting company, though completely different gov't agencies.


elSicomoro  Wednesday Sep 10 08:12 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by dave
Basically, the stuff we're working on makes our military less accident prone, so it's supposed to save civilians and military lives in the long run.
Stuff like unbreakable condoms and what not?


Griff  Wednesday Sep 10 08:27 PM

Sure, where did you think Depends Undergarmets came from, the space program?



elSicomoro  Wednesday Sep 10 08:31 PM

So THAT'S how Dave is able to sit at the computer for 8 hours straight...



dave  Wednesday Sep 10 08:37 PM

You work at SAIC, Bitman? Which area?



Bitman  Friday Sep 12 08:10 PM

http://www.cecer.army.mil/td/tips/index.cfm



dave  Friday Sep 12 11:38 PM

I actually meant, where location wise?



Bitman  Saturday Sep 13 03:29 PM

Yes, I know. I was being indirect; that web site tells you exactly where I work.

Ok fine: Champaign, IL.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Sep 13 07:01 PM

What? You snuck out of Baltimore like the Colts.



dave  Saturday Sep 13 10:03 PM

You're thinking of Bitmap, I believe.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Sep 13 10:18 PM

Doh...Nevermind.



gossard187  Sunday Sep 14 01:28 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Bitman
If you put your hands behind your head, the parts of your arms sticking out will form large ears. It doesn't make a big difference, but if you fire up the stereo, you'll hear it. Arm angles might need tweaking for best effect.
I call that the executive pose. I think I will try it in my next meeting. If they say something, I'm merely having troubles hearing everybody.


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