April 07, 2004

Bronze sausages?

Desbladet links to a BBC news note that reads:

Hungary's Magyar Hirlap says the celebration of the country's accession to the European Union has been "spoilt" by failures on both sides which prevent the free mobility of people on the big day.

"All right, there will be celebrations, there will be sausages and mustard accompanied by fireworks, but it would have been nice to have something tangible", it says.

Des titles his note "Intangible sausages!"

But this reminds me -- perhaps because of the high-energy physics in Des' previous post -- of some very tangible sausages that I once saw at Los Alamos. There was a bronze figure of Edward Teller, with a speech ballon made of (also bronze) sausages. However, when I checked last year, Google failed to turn up any relevant pages on this figure, at least when probed with the phrases that came to mind. This was so surprising that I began to wonder if I had dreamed the whole thing.

It wasn't there again today, as the poet almost said. If it's not on the internet, can it exist?

Posted by Mark Liberman at April 7, 2004 05:33 PM