Definitely: An OH CRAP Moment

“The CSIRO scientists set out on a 10-day experiment to infect ducks with a South-East Asian strand of avian flu to better understand the risk to Australia.

On Monday, the final day, scientists realised a filter was missing from one of their protective suits, centre director, Dr Martyn Jeggo, said.

“On day 10 when we were completing the experiment and humanely killing the ducks and doing postmortems, it was discovered one of the workers did not have a filter in her head suit,” Dr Jeggo said. The BIG OOPS.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Lord! That reminds me of the time I was watching GMA and they were showing how they administer flu vaccine (I think it was). The doc absent-mindedly re-filled the hypodermic a second time and gave it to another person. On-lookers were appalled! I thought they would fire him as their medical spokesperson, but they didn’t.