Startup: Research or Punishment

wartime_wtfDespite all the amazing technology that exists and currently in development, the beginning of the Cold War always felt to me like the Great Era of American innovation. There’s were piles of government funding available to answer any crazy question… and give us photos like this. What the hell is going on here? My first guess is research into how an office worker’s brain activity changes and affects productivity as a direct result of smelling their own farts. My second guess is… well to be honest I stopped at one. Please, share your theories. If anyone knows what this actually was, let us know.

  • Number_Six

    It's where Taco Bell was invented?

  • Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk… ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.

  • The first step is moving beyond the false dichotomy in the title. It can be both.

  • The early Dictaphones were not big sellers.

  • Awesome is going on there! Vacuum tubed rabbit eared gas masked awesome. Also, I feel they might have been having a bit of a lark that day.

  • Wolfie

    What kind of computer is that guy using?

  • Wolfie

    Ba doom Ba doom- Shaba da bobada boom.

  • CaptianNemo2001

    Maps plus Typewriter plus Insignia I would say stress testing of sorts.

  • Tiller188

    No idea, but I'll go with "research", if only because this photo feels to me like it should have the caption "For Science!" (or perhaps just "Science!") somewhere.

  • texlenin

    " The Effects of Listening to the Speeches of Richard
    Milhouse Nixon upon Workplace Performance"……

  • B72

    We've had the ability to detect brainwaves since the 1950's, but I don't know if they used tinfoil hats such as the one above.
    I'm going to go with "A study on the effects of various breathing mixes on the ability to perform complex tasks".
    I imagine they needed to know things like this as they started developing high performance jets, space travel, and diving technologies.