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!


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:

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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