Posted by: canaryinacoalmine | February 21, 2007

why canary in a coal mine

When a coal miner enters a mine for hours on end, to mine, poisonous coal gas is released from the earth during the mining operation and a risk to the workers.  The workers use canaries to warn the miners of impending danger.   Canaries are more sensitive to noxious vapor and will die of exposure before a human, the miners would take them in little cages down into the mine shaft.  If a canary died, it was time to get the heck out.  

….and it’s a damn good song by the Police

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  1. i missed you.

  2. I saw a store the other day that made me laugh and think of you and this blog:
    “Canary In A Clothes Mine”


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