It’s a blast

Farming with Dynamite

Presumably recommended by Wile E. Coyote, though he bought his from rival Acme Corporation.

(Found in a heap of rubble by Jeffro.)


  1. Jim - PRS »

    2 October 2009 · 7:44 pm

    Pretty rough on the woims.

  2. Lisa Paul »

    2 October 2009 · 8:45 pm

    Now that’s treading lightly on the land.

    When we remodeled our Victorian, we uncovered loads of catalogs and other paraphenalia from 1890 that had been stuffed in the walls. Including a Victorian bartender’s guide. Boy, you don’t want to drink any of those concoctions. they all call for about three cups of sugar, three kinds of hard liquor and angostura bitters.

    ah, the good old days.

  3. unimpressed »

    2 October 2009 · 10:07 pm

    Lisa Paul: I’ve been told for years (and used it myself on occasion) that it was “tougher in the old days”. Apparently, about some things this is correct. I don’t think I’d care for any of those. It isn’t always a case of “In my day, we walked to and from school, uphill both ways.”

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    3 October 2009 · 1:22 am

    “Better living through chemistry”, or was that Dow?

  5. Lisa Paul »

    3 October 2009 · 1:24 am

    But if you were drinking those Victorian concoctions, that explains why you’d think dynamite farming was a good idea. I guess when farmers sobered up, the practice stopped.

  6. McGehee »

    3 October 2009 · 7:45 am

    Removes: stumps, boulder, hardpan…

    What, not gophers?

  7. fillyjonk »

    3 October 2009 · 8:50 am


    I’ve also seen an ad from the 40s, I think? Featuring a child, a calf, and a rooster, all drawn by either one of the Disney animators or the artist who developed the Elsie the Cow ads, singing “DDT is good for me-e-e!”

    (Ad can be seen here. AFAIK, it is not a made up hoax but an authentic old ad).

    Kind of gives one pause to think of all the health stories right now where they are talking about certain things being “good” or “bad” for us. Makes you wonder what the ideas will be fifty years hence.

    I will say I have known a few people interested in creating ponds on their property who did so with explosives…maybe not dynamite, but explosives still. (Jamie Hyneman: “When in doubt: C4”)

  8. Dick Stanley »

    3 October 2009 · 1:28 pm

    I’ve heard of explosive crops, but…

  9. McGehee »

    3 October 2009 · 3:08 pm

    Dick, you may be onto something there. What else would one use to fertilize popcorn?

  10. unimpressed »

    3 October 2009 · 5:19 pm

    McGehee: Where do they get pop rocks from?

  11. CGHill »

    3 October 2009 · 5:42 pm

    The first few Beatles LPs on Capitol were marked: “File Under: Pop/Rock, Vocal Group,” or some such business.

    I suppose, therefore, we can blame Sir George Martin.

  12. Lisa Paul »

    3 October 2009 · 7:03 pm

    This comment is proof that all things in the Universe are interconnected — dynamite, Victorian cocktails, pop corn, junk candy and the Beatles.

  13. CGHill »

    3 October 2009 · 8:11 pm

    As John Muir says: “Tug on anything at all and you’ll find it connected to everything else in the universe.”

    Were it not so, most of us who blog simply couldn’t.

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