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Uh oh: Dodge’s pool is filled with chemicals today, and not just the chemicals it’s filled with every day (a combination of hair gel, chlorine, and school spirit, according to Bwog’s Underwater Scientific Inquiry Bureau).

The contamination, though, is a one-day thing, and the pool will reopen tomorrow. 

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  • pjr says:

    @pjr did you guys know that of all the easily accessible places on campus, the pool is closest to the cyclotron?

  • hmm says:

    @hmm is that dangerous? to be close to the cyclotron?

  • well says:

    @well it’s not actually contaminated. it’s completely natural to put chemicals in the pool and “shock” it- this keeps it relatively clean and the chlorine levels high. it’s not that serious.

  • but says:

    @but the sign said “due to an emergency” which i took to mean that someone took a dump

  • colors says:

    @colors The cyclotron was dismantled last year. #4 raises a likely, though extremely disturbing and confounding, point.

    1. Alum says:

      @Alum Even before it was dismantled, the cyclotron had sat unused for decades. And when it was actually in use, it did not release significant amounts of harmful radiation.

      There’s a famous photo of I. I. Rabi frying hot dogs on its surface in the 1950s to show that the machine wasn’t dangerous. Rabi died in 1988 at the age of 89.

      1. Alum says:

        @Alum Here’s a link to a page with the photo I mentioned. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/alumni/Magazine/Summer2001/Rabi.html

        The caption says the photo was altered and that Rabi wasn’t really cooking hot dogs on the cyclotron, but I have heard elsewhere that he really did this. Either way, the machine was too small and too well-shielded to have been dangerous, especially through walls and water.

  • ummm says:

    @ummm uh oh. i had PE in the pool this morning…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous rumor has it someone took a shit in the pool a la cadyshack

  • or... says:

    @or... maybe someone took this guy’s advice (http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/htf/755891987.html):

    “[Here are some] ass cleaning tips…
    Tip 3: Jump into a public pool or spa. This is just as effective as a shower or even better because you get maximum “soakage” and it requires less work such and combats lazy reach arounds in the shower. Believe it or not, that is the only useful purpose for public pools, I think of them as gigantic bathtubs that goggle up loose ass hairs, dingleberries and makes a great place to take a quick pee. If I find myself in that situation, I just jump in the pool on one end, pee then swim to the other end, do a couple quick 360’s under water then jump out the shallow side and dry off. “

  • ldr says:

    @ldr it looks like bwog is becoming the new bored at butler… lol

  • squeamish says:

    @squeamish I’m gonna have some trouble taking the swim test now. Wish I had taken it earlier.

  • Seriously, Guys? says:

    @Seriously, Guys? Another Pupin joke?

  • Alum says:

    @Alum It’s called Uris Pool. It’s named after the same family of donors as the business school’s main building.

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