Saturday, May 17, 2008

Quiz!

While we're talking of engineering, does anyone know what this is?

Clue: I took the photo in Idaho....

5 comments:

R Francis said...

It is a prototype for a converter of potato to biofuel, subsidised by Cheney. Only to be used in a dire emergency because of the risk of causing the Great Western Potato Famine.

pluvialis said...

No, although they are probably working on that one *right now*. Clue 2: It is right next to the first ever nuclear reactor connected to a town's power supply...

dr. hypercube said...

"It is right next to the first ever nuclear reactor connected to a town's power supply..."

Dang! I was going to guess something related to natural gas. Is it a shoggoth containment facility?

pluvialis said...

Nope. Think....Nukyuler aircraft!
http://tinyurl.com/499sg6

dr. hypercube said...

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- A Colder War, Charles Stross