"Angles and Dangles" is a submariners' term for a critical exercise that usually takes place right after a nuclear submarine leaves on a patrol. Once in deep water, the sub dives deep and then comes back up, both at a steep angle. Anything that is not properly secured will fall down, making some noise. These are known as dangles, and they must be corrected before a sub is fully rigged for silent running. Basically, you dive deep, come up steep, and listen to the result.

Here are some behind-the-scenes stories, or particular "angles" by the curatorial staff, that for one reason or another did not make it into the exhibit. Some represent intensive research that was ultimately eliminated for reasons of limited space or time; these are the dangles. Others are personal stories of our research and exhibit experiences.


The Taming of the Screw, by Paul F. Johnston

Wandering in Wonderland: My First Exhibit, by Barton Hacker (coming soon)

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