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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2009, 6:52 A.M.

Picture of the Day 01/11/2009

AP Photo/Medina Gazette, Andrew Dolph (January 10, 2009) (The Spokesman-Review)
AP Photo/Medina Gazette, Andrew Dolph (January 10, 2009) (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

A boy is pulled through a field on a sled in Spencer Township, Ohio. A winter storm dumped more snow and freezing rain across most of Ohio on Saturday, grounding flights out of the region and causing vehicles to spin out of control on slick roads.

What so attracted my attention to this photo is that having grown up around farms for several decades, unless my eyes are failing me, the boy is being towed behind an old-fashioned manure spreader. If you look closely at the picture you can see the tines poking up at the rear.

Now for the benefit of those of you who never have been around manure spreaders and/or farming, we once used them to fertilize the soil preparatory or just after planting the crops. However, they are now largely banned by the EPA and various other government interests because they create a bad smell. Now farmers largely use chemicals and other odorless means of fertilization.

And on that note, here is your Wild Card.


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