IG NOBEL UPDATE--
Troy Meets Not Quite a Bulldozer, and Vice Versa
A detailed correction of yet another triumphant technological leap
Investigator Willa Bandler writes to correct our recent report about the latest doings of Troy Hurtubise and the Mark VII version of his grizzly-bear-proof suit. Troy is the winner of the 1998 Ig Nobel Prize in the field of Safety Engineering. His Ig citation reads:
Troy Hurtubise, of North Bay, Ontario, for developing, and personally testing a suit of armor that is impervious to grizzly bears. [REFERENCE: "Project Grizzly," produced by the National Film Board of Canada.]
Investigator Bandler writes:
I just read your feature about Troy Hurtubise's safety suit, and I couldn't help noticing an error: the picture labeled "The conjunction of a brick wall (left), Troy (center), and a bulldozer (right)" clearly shows not a bulldozer but a loader bucket such as would be found on a backhoe. See the image of a bulldozer here (I know, I know, but it was the first reasonable image google turned up) versus the backhoe here. You noticed, I hope, that the shape of the loader bucket is about the same as that of the equipment in your photo? See, it's good to have a few readers who spend as much time around construction workers as around academics!
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