a. it's afraid of mice.
b. it's going to an audition for the West Loop Transportation Center gig.
c. it's being hired by a Daley administration that's coming to suspect it's not digging Chicago into a big enough hole. (make no little bankruptcies.)
d. it's the prop that's put Terry Gilliam's latest opus major over budget.
via Petapixel and michaelgriswold.com, we give you Bagger 288, the latest of a long line going all the way back to Bagger 1 at Treasure Island in the 1970's. Looking like the mutant progeny of a Swiss army knife and a really big can opener, it's a proud product of Krupp, those wonderful folks that gave you espresso machines and WWII. The actual purpose is to strip mine coal but, hey, let's use a little imagination here.