Astronomer Pranks

SHORPY_17815u

 

From Shorpy,¬†Washington, D.C. “Prof. H.E. Burton, 8/5/29.” A Star Search matinee. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

There was a time when astronomers actually looked into their telescopes, instead of working at remote locations on sophisticated digital (or a bit earlier, photographic) equipment. But one can imagine that there were times when things got a bit boring in the observatory, and then idle minds became the devil’s workshop.

Al Frueh proposed just such an incident in 1937, in the New York Times. Here’ for your gratuitous pleasure, is reproduced

THE JEST

Al Frueh - The Jest (Astronomers)

 

As a kid, I had one of those little black eye tubes. It worked great. And just in case you think old guys can’t be trolls,

Old Troll

 

Watch out for retired people. We have the time to make your life hell.

The Old Wolf has spoken.