THE ATOM: Step Right Up, Folks

The great U.S. public, which had so happily sponsored perpetual motion, Couéism, beauty mud, monkey glands and the double-knobbed electric revitalizer (with storage batteries), was off again. It has developed a fevered interest in almost anything that promises to forestall atomic disintegration. Last week the Civil Defense Administration was having about as much trouble with pamphleteers and crackpot inventors as with the problems of preparing for the Big Bang.

Thousands of citizens (with the help of knowing contractors) had already constructed backyard shelters guaranteed to withstand anything short of Judgment Day itself. The CDA, which is doing one $75,000 research...

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