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A T-Rex and a Portable Potty

Arlington resident Suzanne McIntire, 61, saw this outhouse sitting in the middle of nowhere while she was on a dinosaur dig this past summer in eastern Wyoming.

“At our location, we could see it way, way in the distance,” says McIntire, a writer who volunteers for the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, where she photographs fossils. “It was tempting. All the ladies wished they could go use it. But it was much too far away, so you had to walk down to the ravine.”

McIntire, author of “An American Cutting Garden,” published in 2002, has been fossil hunting in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as Wyoming, the home of this curiosity.

“When I saw it, it was pretty funny standing there in the middle of nowhere,” she says. “If you turned and looked in the other direction of where I shot the photo, you would also see nothing.”

The outhouse had been used by a crew from the Tate Geological Museum, which is part of Casper College in Wyoming, during a two-week dig for the partial skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex. When the work was done, “the T. rex got carted away,” McIntire says. But, for a few weeks, the outhouse stood alone.

9/19/12 WPMagazine Humor Contest Photo winner Suzy McIntire (Courtesy of Suzy McIntire)

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DeNeen L. Brown is an award-winning staff writer at The Washington Post who has covered night police, education, courts, politics and culture.



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