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What the Heck Is This?

Normally, What The Heck images are somewhat hard to figure out. But this one's not so tough, given the holiday coming up. I chose it not for the mystery of what's in the image, but for its mysterious placement on a government web site.

You know how the government often says, "Don't do this obviously stupid thing because it might kill you"? Now, how often do you see a picture associated with said deadly activity?

This image sits along side a reminder from the Consumer Products Safety Commission to "Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse." Great advice! And now you know what it looks like if you're stupid enough to do it. The photographer — and the fate of the person who lit the fuse (is it a real person or a fireworks test dummy?) — is unknown.

Got a strange or interesting photo related to science, nature or technology? What the Heck, send it to me, and maybe I'll use it. Or follow me on Twitter, or Facebook.

Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.