Troy meets a Bulldozer, and Vice Versa


Troy Meets a Bulldozer, and Vice Versa

Another triumphant technological leap

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, AIR staff

The conjunction of a brick wall (left), Troy (center), and a bulldozer (right)

This is a further progress report about 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.]

Troy's new suit is a splendorous thing, and it is tough, tough, tough. This is evident in a short video clip posted on Troy's web site To see the video, click here for MPEG (628k) or here for RealVideo (123k).

This is yet one more small, but very hopeful sign that Troy's suit -- and much more importantly, Troy -- may well and stylishly survive his planned encounter with a live, large bear.

[NEWS FLASH: We are informed that Troy might, just might make a return appearance at this year's Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony on October 3 -- and that if he does, he will show off his new suit!]

[NEWS UNFLASH: We were later informed, by the same source close to Troy, that Troy would not be able to travel to the 2002 Ceremony. This second report proved to be correct.]

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