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Apex Predator: 1931

Apex Predator: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "Diorama depicting Homo sanitatius janitorii about to strike." Actually there was no caption for this one, so we improvised. Feel free to improve on it in the Comments. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Snake Salve

Not 100% sure, but methinks that is an Anaconda. By the looks of it, he's a bit on the dry side since his skin is shedding in patches like a lizard.

Part time work

Seems nowadays even the Sandman needs a second job.

The Intern

Only 2 more years and I'll have my Degree in Zoology.


That has GOT to be the biggest Cow Patty I ever saw!!!!

The Other Hat

While still relatively obscure René Magritte reflected images of his hat into museum dioramas and enticed Harris & Ewing to capture them on film.

Tongue Twister

If the slinky snake sweeper only sweeps slinky snakes on Sunday, how many slinky snakes did the slinky snake sweeper sweep?

In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny

"Ehhh ... it's a living!"

"You should get a better paying job"

What, and give up show business?

Escaped convict

Recaptured and held in the snakepit till the cops show up. Given a broom for self-defense, to make it a fair fight.

Pay attention

and don't get too wrapped up in your work.

Looks Familiar

You know, there has got to be a Far Side cartoon that covers this.

Zoos used to be so much cleaner

I never see anyone sweeping the snakes anymore.

Bring Your Pet to Work Day

Has anybody seen my Yorkie? He was here a minute ago.

He just realized

"I'm going to need a bigger broom."


"I could ask him to move... nah."

Have broom...

...will sweep.

Good Footware Choice

"Am I glad I didn't wear my snakeskin boots today, and how!"

Sudden Realization

Wait a minute...this isn't the break room

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