Week 16 of the Caption CERN Contest just flew by, but not without sparking some cosmic comic genius in the minds of everyone who wrote a comment. Thanks to everyone who entered! If you followed last week’s blog post, you already know that this image isn’t an early POV display, or some sort of strange data display technique. It’s actually a spark chamber. Spark chambers use high voltage and noble gases to create a visible trail of cosmic rays. Since this image is dated 1979, well after spark chambers were used for hard science, we’re guessing it was part of a demonstration at CERN’s labs.
- “Here we see Doug playing a Massively multiplayer Pong game against his peers in the next building over.” – [John Kiniston]
- “It said “Would you like to play a game?” and I said yes. Are those missile launch tracks?”- [jonsmirl]
- “Before Arduino you needed a whole room full of equipment to blink LEDs!” – [mjrippe]
After two weeks as a runner-up, this week’s winner is The Green Gentleman with “‘Hang on, let me fix the vert-hold, and then get ready for a most RIGHTEOUS game of 3D PONG!’ Sadly, this CERN spinoff never made it to the market”
We’re sure [The Green Gentleman] will be very courteous to his fellow hackers in sharing his new Bus Pirate From The Hackaday Store! Congratulations [The Green Gentleman]!
Coils, gleaming metal, giant domes, now this is a proper mad scientist image! The CERN scientists in this image seem to be working on a large metal device of some sort. It definitely looks like an electrode which would be at home either at CERN or the well equipped home lab of one Dr. Frankenstein’s. We don’t have a caption, but we do have a rough date of August, 1961. What is happening in this image? Are these scientists setting up an experiment, or plotting world domination?
You tell us!
This week we’re giving away a Logic Pirate from The Hackaday Store.
Add your humorous caption as a comment to the contest log. Make sure you’re commenting on the contest log, not on the contest itself.
As always, if you actually have information about the image or the people in it, let CERN know on the original image discussion page.
10 thoughts on “Caption CERN Contest – Dr. Frankenstein Would Be Proud”
“Norm! You’re supposed to hold the ladder steady! NOT shake it every now and then!”
“So we add the coffee grounds up here and seal it. Then the lasers will create the superheated steam for the brewing process”
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A sasquatch watches curiously as two scientists discuss the next revolutionary beef jerky processing facility.
“Bill, this is a stupid place to hide the cookies!”
Great captions! Don’t forget to post them to the contest log though!
Nahh! I’m too lazy! Oh, sorry! I thought you were calling one of my captions great….
I do have a hackaday.io login somewhere around here, I just haven’t seen it in months…
It doesn’t really look like an ‘electrode’ to me and nor does it look like a spark chamber, for one thing the tube(s) going inside and the larger surfaces don’t seem to be designed to be airtight and there is not optical observation stuff visible and it’s a rather large oddly shaped construct. And because of its size and how it’s on metal rails I don’t see it being a demonstration unit of any kind either, nothing to see really and too big for just fun.
No idea what it is though.
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