Troy Meets Not Quite a Bulldozer, and Vice Versa


Troy Meets Not Quite a Bulldozer, and Vice Versa

A detailed correction of yet another triumphant technological leap

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, AIR staff

The conjunction of a brick wall (left), Troy (center), and what we previously identified as a bulldozer (right)

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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