100 Years Ago

Snake Blows Up


Herald of July 7, 1922

While cutting grain Mahlon Wineland heard an explosion to the rear which indicated a “blowout” and, remembering his binder was not a Ford, stopped his machine and made an investigation. He found nothing wrong about his binder but to his surprise found he had passed over and killed a large snake which proved to be a Blowing Viper. The snake, having been disturbed, evidently must have blown itself up, causing it to explode when the wheel of the binder passed over its body. Others in the field also heard the blowout.

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