April 17, 2009
The votes have been counted and the winner is:
“He couldn’t hide all the skeletons in his closet.”
Thank you T. Faundo for submitting the top entry.
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Think the closets in the photo makes the winning caption just so-so? Vote for your favorite entry below:
In case you were curious, the man in the photo is T. Dale Stewart. He was captured on October 3, 1950, attending to his day to day duties as a physical anthropology curator at the National Museum of Natural History.
Stewart was a familiar face at the Smithsonian Institution from 1924 until his death at 96-years-old in 1997. According to his obituary in the New York Times, in 1960, Stewart “reported that evidence had been found that early modern man had lived side by side with Neanderthals in the Middle East.” A point that has not been solidly proven, but is generally accepted in the scientific community.
The cabinets in the photograph still remain in the Smithsonian, containing thousands of skeletons collected by Stewart and his successors.
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