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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23 Responses to Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

  1. Susan Parker says:

    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.

  2. Susan Jones says:

    Is this how Santa got started?

  3. Theresa Ihara says:

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

  4. jim says:

    another fine ride on Beach Drive

  5. Bobby says:

    The photo says it all.

  6. JJT says:

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

  7. Tara McLoughlin says:

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

  8. Richard says:

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

  9. Hugh Ryon says:

    Com’on Tonto holler Hi Yo Pine Deer Awayyyy.

  10. Jean says:

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

  11. Chris Staats says:

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

  12. David says:

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

  13. joe says:

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

  14. Peter McCombs says:

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

  15. David says:

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

  16. Harry Smeltzer says:

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

  17. Bob says:

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

  18. Gary Lutz says:

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

  19. Rebecca says:

    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.

  20. Gary Lutz says:

    “Oh deer…”

  21. Jason Clingerman says:

    I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque.

  22. Marene says:

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

  23. Dave Miller says:

    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.

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