hauling cement to Mars

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Thu Aug 11 20:14:58 UTC 2005

I knew this phrase rung a bell.

Compare The Barnhart Dictionary Companion (Vol. 11.3, 1999) entry for red

red brick, ... In the expression send a red brick to Mars, to do something
unnecessary or redundant.  Compare carry coals to Newcastle (OED: a1661)


Barnhart at highlands.com

Barnhart on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 8:35 AM -0500 wrote:
>My mistake:
>Here is the bibliographic information that I omitted:
>NASA to Launch Orbiter With New Tools
>The Associated Press
>Thursday, August 11, 2005; 2:46 AM
>Found on Google News.
>barnhart at highlands.com
>American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on Thursday, August 11,
>2005 at 8:30 AM -0500 wrote:
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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Barnhart <barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM>
>Subject:      hauling cement to Mars
>The 21st century version of carry coals to Newcastle:
>"We don't want to be hauling cement to Mars. That's very expensive," said
>project scientist Richard Zurek of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
>Pasadena, Calif. "Better to know what we can make on the surface of the
>barnhart at highlands.com

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