submitted by bike worryford from the Geologic Podcast comments threads.
"...is that like fences and water and s*it?"
Much too literal. Like a deep reservoir, one must look more deeply into the phrase to find its meaning.
A reservoir is, at its essence, a vessel for holding things. The captcha is instructing you to look into the reservoir of your mind for the items there. To remove the detritus, the items that are impeding its function. Like a psychological superfund site.
This captcha is clearly showing your reservations about the recent global financial crisis. You believe that the financial bailout is wrong, so much so that your captcha includes an exclamation point! Furthermore, the fact that the number is large, but not the actual value of the bailout bill that passed, indicates your ambivalence towards the bailout. You think it is wrong, but you are not sure that there is a better option. Much like the rest of the country, indeed, the world, you feel stuck.
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