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“Never asks a scientist what he knows…”

October 19, 2007

So through a random series of coincidence, (Nancy posted a link in her LJ to the wikipedia article on fire balloon, which had a segment on the one that came close to the Hanford site (where they made Plutonium for the first A-bombs), which sourced a pdf about security at the Hanford site), I ran into a small set of cartoons from the 40s or 50s about local security.

Among the slogans, I note :

“We wonder all year what Santa Claus is making in his workship – but he probably wonders the same about us, so that makes us even.”

“Never ask a scientist what he knows. If he told you it might cause you to have a nervous breakdown from lying awake nights wondering what it was he said.”


“Security regulations here are very rigid — and those who would deliberately violate them, might also find themselves in that condition.”

I rather like the last two, personally. Refreshingly honest/accurate, if nothing else :-D.

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