Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Apocalyptic Picture of the Week!

Rough day at work? Feeling kind of down? Well, we can help that with a picture of something far more terrible and horrifying that what you've got caught in your gears!


Yep, that's a nuclear detonation with a blimp in the foreground. The US Department of Energy ran some nuke tests back in 1957. The tests were run to see how airships reacted in a nuclear blast. Think about that for a sec-- our government was curious to know what happens to an aircraft in the blast zone of a nuclear explosion. What you can't see in the picture is that they military also wanted to see what would happen to a box of kittens as well... oh, never mind. Anyway, the test, codenamed "Stokes," was part of "Operation Plumbbob," a series of 29 above-ground detonations carried out at the Nevada Test Site between May and October 1957.

I, for one, and thankful for their efforts. I just put my good-for-nothing, non-nuke-proof blimp on sale this morning. Yet again, government spending has gone somewhere useful!

5 comments:

Haley said...

Someone's all gumdrops and lollipops today, huh?

Rickey Henderson said...

There's something downright fun about posting wildly catastroptic images (pun intended). Rickey's a big fan of this one:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/19/Train_wreck_at_Montparnasse_1895.jpg/300px-Train_wreck_at_Montparnasse_1895.jpg

Adam said...

I remember that pic, Rickey. Hilarious stuff.

And Haley, when will you understand that kitten-related violence is fun?

Haley said...

Oh man, when I get kittens and you have their little furry faces and teeny baby kitten paws shoved in your face, you are SO going to recant. That's right, recant I say!

AmyV said...

I, on the other hand, have a nuke-proof blimp.

And, rickey, the fun is actually in juxtaposing photos of catastrophe and then itty bitty cutey-wooty little baby kittens.

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