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Nothing works. Nothing at all will serve as a warning.
Coastal Japan has carved stones to warn people not to build their houses below their level on a hill, to avoid destruction by tsunami. These stones are written in Japanese, and are only 600 years old. Japan has enjoyed a continuous civilization during this time, and yet some people ignored the warnings, and were washed away in the 2011 tsunami.
The United States has had a concerted program of mass vaccination against preventable diseases for decades, freeing us of the scourge of disabling and deadly childhood diseases that used to infect tens of thousands of children, each, every year. And yet today we are seeing these effective and well-known measures being challenged and actively resisted.
The Great Depression spurred the creation of financial regulations that prevented banks from engaging in overly risky activities using the money of depositors. These regulations and laws saved the country from the cycles of wealth, panic and crash that characterized banking in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Still, the Glass-Steagall Act and other safeguards were repealed or weakened, resulting in the global financial crisis of 2009.
There is no way to warn future generations. Only a few generations are needed for people to forget. If the Department of Energy wishes to keep people away from WIPP, they should make it so openly and dangerously contaminated that anyone who ventures onto its grounds will die a horrible death within a week of exposure. This will keep the memory of its danger fresh for the future.
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aaannd . . . it's time for a shameless plug.
This is an idea I posted at Halfbakery.com: Make Your Carpool a Barbershop Quartet.

A two-CD set and instruction book could lead a carpool through the process of assessing singing ability and range, basic breath control and other technical considerations. The second CD would then teach the group some classic Barbershop standards.
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1. I like how the guy gets out of his car, not to check on the cyclist, but to make sure his car wasn't damaged by flying bicycle parts.
2. The next woman in the crosswalk appears to be eager to be the next victim, since she is crossing against the light!
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Thank you for posting this. It is fascinating to see that such experiments are still running, and to see some of the extremes of performance in otherwise-familiar devices. Neatorama often helps to stretch the mind.
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When he starts to present his thesis, after establishing the setting, the audience stops laughing. I think they suddenly realize that they are not listening to an entertaining speech, but one that drew them in with humor, and then turned it all around with a profound truth.
This is the way a good speech or story often works; by starting with a setting that the listener thinks they already understand, and then revealing the hidden parts that the listener never considered before.
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The one on New Mexico is sad and true. Sam Steel was the name of the first prospective graduate of New Mexico State University, except that he was murdered before he could actually graduate. A street. among other things, is named after him. I like to say that he is a tribute to 'snatching defeat from the jaws of victory'.
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This may also mean that most of the dairy cows around the world are susceptible to some disease in the same way. This level of monoculture of livestock can have devastating effects at times.
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