Raccoons are not native to Germany. They were brought there in the 1920s for their pelts. During World War II, an Allied bomb hit a raccoon farm wall, allowing a dozen or so to escape. Today, German cities are being overrun by millions of raccoons! dw.com/en/raccoons-take-t…
Atomic tests were a tourist draw in 1950s Las Vegas. They advertised detonation times and best viewing spots to see the massive flash and mushroom cloud from the bomb test site, 65 miles away. Casinos flaunted their north-facing vistas, offering special β€œatomic cocktails” and β€œDawn Bomb Parties” citylab.com/equity/2014/0…
After the first atomic bomb was detonated in New Mexico in 1945, a car full of ranchers happened to witnesses it, with one asking what happened, as it was so bright. She was blind. youtu.be/Vm5fCxXnK7Y?t=31…
Today I learned of the Bohemian Grove: A restricted 2700 acre campground in California that is only available for the world's elite. It is described as a private vacation getaway yet it is famous for hosting the Manhattan Project planning meeting in 1942, that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
The US fire-bombed Tokyo, Japan (100k) in 1945, which killed more lives than BOTH the atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima (70k) and Nagasaki (46k), codenamed Operation Meetinghouse. It was the DEADLIEST bombing raid in human history. cnn.com/2020/03/07/asia/j…
In 1908 a meteorite hit Russia with hundreds of times more power than an atom bomb, destroying 500,000 acres of forest, knocking ppl over 40 miles away and causing weather events around the globe - but no one was killed and no impact crater was found. history.com/news/6-bizarr…
Bikini atoll, the place where Bikini Bottom was named after, was declared a nuclear wasteland after the US dropped 23 bombs in the 1950s. However scientists have found thriving life in the center of it all, with evidence that life restarted a mere 10 years after the bombings. theguardian.com/world/201…
There was a test several years ago where 70 undercover agents tried to sneak bombs or guns through US airport security; 67 succeeded abcnews.go.com/US/exclusi…
Einstein’s theory of special relativity explains why a star can burn for billions of years without running out of fuel. If you can measure potential energy by multiplying mass by the speed of light squared, that means an average adult stores 30 large hydrogen bomb explosions worth of energy. iperceptive.com/works/sho…
Today I learned of the Wanggongchang explosion in 17th century China. It killed 20,000 people, released roughly the same amount of energy as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and contributed to the eventual fall of the Ming dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
In 1952, a nuclear reactor in Canada had a partial meltdown. American and Canadian service personnel disassembled the reactor a few minutes at a time to limit radioactive exposure. Jimmy Carter was one of the Americans. His experience led him to cease development of the neutron bomb as POTUS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The USSR used a nuclear bomb to put out a gas well fire. youtu.be/S57Xq03njsc
Walt Disney took out multiple loans to finance Snow White, evening mortgaging his own house to pay for it. At the time, insiders in the film industry thought the film would bomb and called it β€œDisney’s Folly”. Even Walt’s wife, Lillian, thought it would bomb. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The Nixon White House considered using nuclear bombs on North Vietnam nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB…
A daring WWII raid by Norwegian commandos on a Nazi heavy-water plant prevented Germany from developing an atomic bomb before they were defeated theconversation.com/opera…
Today I learned of an organization in Belgium training giant rats (nicknamed "HeroRATs") to sniff out landmines in countries where explosive remnants of war pose a large threat to communities. The rats are extremely effective, outperforming both metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs. boredpanda.com/hero-rats-…
Today I learned about the ADE651 bomb detector device. Sold to over 20 countries including Β£52 million in sales to the Iraqi government. The device was a glorified dowsing rod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
Molotov cocktails are named after Soviet diplomat Vyacheslav Molotov. In the Winter War, Molotov claimed that the Soviets did not bomb the Finns, but instead were sending food supplies to starving civilians. In response Finnish soldiers dubbed petrol filled bottles Molotov's Cocktails. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vya…
The 2nd deadliest day for law enforcement in the U.S. was a 1917 bomb attack that killed nine Milwaukee police officers. The original target was a local church but a boy discovered the suspicious package and brought it to the police department, where it exploded. (The deadliest day was 9/11.) usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Today I learned about the Tsar Bomba, a Soviet nuclear bomb that was deemed too powerful to use. It was 1,500 times more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined and 10 times more powerful than all the munitions expended during WW2. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The US military has never banned the use of napalm on military targets away from civilian areas, and still has a type of bomb very similar to napalm called the Mark 77 that has been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Kyoto was actually at the top of the list of targets for the atomic bomb, not Nagasaki nor Hiroshima. Secretary of War Henry Stimson ordered for the ancient city with its thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines to be removed from the list, but the military kept on putting it back. bbc.com/news/world-asia-3…
In the 1988 box-office bomb "Mac and Me", the wheelchair-bound lead child character was played by a real wheelchair-bound actor with spina bifida. In real life, when people asked why he was in a wheelchair, the 12-year-old would reply, "Vietnam." latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 1966 a US Air Force B-52 bomber and a USAF tanker collided in midair, and the 4 nuclear bombs the B-52 carried fell into Southeast Spain. One of the bombs detonated, scattering plutonium all over the countryside. businessinsider.com/us-ai…
The Sovient Union developed a nuclear weapon so power that not even they were willing to test it at full capacity. The Tsar Bomba was the largest nuclear bomb ever tested in the earth's atmosphere, having a mushroom cloud spanning over 40 miles (64km) and a yield of 57 million tons of TNT. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The song 'Glycerine' by the band Bush was written about Gavin Rossdale's relationship with his girlfriend at the time, a model named Jasmine Lewis. The title comes from the explosive applications of glycerine to stabilize nitro. Rossdale said the song was about how love was like a bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gly…
America made bat bombs during World War II. The bomb consisted of a bomb-shaped casing with over a thousand compartments, each containing a hibernating Mexican free-tailed bat with a small, timed incendiary bomb attached. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Japanese were planning a biological warfare attack on San Diego, California before the atomic bombs forced them to surrender in WWII visitpearlharbor.org/the-…
Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atom bomb, famously said "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." after witnessing his creations power. That quote is actually from the Hindu Epic Bhagavad-Gita, and Oppenheimer turned to Hinduism after seeing nuclear weapons capabilities years later. wired.co.uk/article/manha…
Ukrainian Ivan Kharchenko personally defused more than 1500 bombs weighing more than 500 kilograms each and 25,000 other explosive objects during the battles of Stalingrad and Kiev. After WW2, he disarmed 16,000 more unexploded bombs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
Brian Wells was murdered in PA in 2003 using a collar bomb in a plot involving a bank robbery, a homemade explosive collar, and a scavenger hunt to disarm it. He was surrounded by police and it was shown live on TV as "one of the most complicated and bizarre crimes in the annals of the FBI". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
In Japan, Hiroshima Peace Flame has been burned continuously since it was lit in 1964, and will remain lit until all nuclear bombs on the planet are destroyed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
Today I learned of the Cokeville Elementary School Hostage Crisis. Where David Young stormed into a school with his wife, armed a bomb, and held 70+ students hostage. After 2 hours the bomb went off, but due to a series of coincidences, all hostages survived. Children later reported seeing angels. wyohistory.org/encycloped…
Today I learned about Project A119, a plan by American scientists and the Air Force to nuke the moon in a show of force during the Space Race. They also thought that dropping a bomb would allow them to be able to accurately study previously mysterious lunar properties history.com/news/nuclear-…
In 2016, Manchester United canceled a game and evacuated the stadium after a steward discovered a pipe bomb in the bathrooms. Fortunately, the bomb was a fake; it had been left there by the security team during a training exercise and forgotten. theguardian.com/football/…
In 1944 Lex Luthor was the first character in a comic book (and one of the first in fiction) to use an atomic bomb. The United States Department of War asked this story line be delayed from publication, which it was until 1946, to protect the secrecy of the Manhattan Project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex…
Article V of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty requires nuclear powers to sell nuclear bombs to non-nuclear powers if they are determined to be for peaceful explosive purposes by an international body. un.org/disarmament/wmd/nu…
In 2018, a man plotted to plant small bombs in Target stores disguised in food packages. His goal was to create bad publicity for Target, which would lower stock prices and allow him to buy cheap shares before they rebounded. He was caught after paying someone else to plant the bombs. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
In Las Vegas during the 1950s, Casinos offered "Atomic Tourism" in which guests could watch atomic bombs be tested in the desert as a form of entertainment smithsonianmag.com/videos…
Sweden Almost Had Nuclear Weapons - By the mid-1960s, Sweden has enough fissile material to build a bomb in six months. To deliver the weapon they designed the Saab 36, a twin-engine Mach 2+ supersonic bomber. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Today I learned about Moe Berg, the β€œstrangest man to ever play baseball,” who spoke several languages and found a post-baseball career as a US spy during World War II and was ordered to kill Werner Heisenberg if the Nazis came close to building a nuclear bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe…
The United States firebombed (i.e., dropped incendiary bombs on) not one, not two, but SIXTY-SEVEN cities in Japan during World War II. This list doesn't include the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ditext.com/japan/napalm.h…
During WWII Germany used 2 β€˜Lorenz beams’ to guide bombers at night over the U.K. Bombers followed 1 beam, then, when they crossed the 2nd beam, they dropped their bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
Northern Hemisphere rainwater still contains 3x as much radioactive tritium than Southern Hemisphere rainwater due to atmospheric nuclear bomb tests from the 1960s researchgate.net/publicat…
In 1942 a dental surgeon from Pennsylvania USA wrote to the White House suggesting the use of incendiary bombs attached to bats, what ensued was $2 million dollars in research and a burnt down Air Force base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Paul Tibbets -the pilot who dropped the Hiroshima bomb- requested not to have a grave, so antinuclear activists wouldn't protest on it. wsfa.com/story/7300956/am…
When two subatomic particles called β€œbottom quarks” fuse, they release more than 7x the energy of individual fusion reactions in hydrogen bombs. The physicists who made this discovery kept it a secret until they were certain the discovery cannot be weaponized. scientificamerican.com/ar…
A group of striking coal workers in West Virginia had leftover WWI chemical bombs dropped on them by the US government during the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest labor uprising in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1927, a 12-year-old boy rode along with stunt pilot Doug Davis, throwing Baby Ruth candy bars down over a racetrack as part of a promotion. The boy loved the experience, and would grow up to be a pilot… of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eno…
A US soldier wounded by a bomb got the first ever penis and scrotum transplant in a 14 hr surgery in 2018 called "vascularised composite allotransplantation", which means a transplant of skin, bone, muscles, tendons, blood vessels. Surgeons say he should be able to regain sexual function. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Today I learned about Britain's "Anthrax Island," an island used for testing a single anthrax germ bomb by the UK in WW2. It was determined an anthrax bomb could render cities uninhabitable for generations. Quarantined for decades, the island was declared inhabitable again after a cleanup effort in 1986. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
In the first atomic bomb the core of beryllium and polonium was compressed to fifteen times less than is original size youtu.be/HKj9_ncIdW8
Only less than 2% of the uranium in Little Boy, the bomb that was dropped onto Hiroshima, actually fissioned. This was still enough to kill 66,000 people and have a fatal blast radius of 1.3km. atomicheritage.org/histor…
Lt Gen Lesley McNair was killed by errant bombs of the Eight Air Force, near Saint-LΓ΄ on July 25, 1944. In one of the first Allied efforts to use heavy bombers in support of ground combat troops, several planes dropped their bombs short of their targets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
The origins of the space shuttle program date back to Nazi Germany when the Nazis were considering developing a craft capable of dropping bombs on the US space.com/12085-nasa-spac…
Food aid dropped into Afghanistan was the same color as the cluster bombs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Today I learned of Project X-Ray. This cancelled World War 2 weapon, when deployed, would disperse Mexican free-tailed bats carrying small incendiary bombs. The bats would then roost onto buildings before igniting. It was intended to be used in Japan, were many buildings were made of wood and paper. youtu.be/VSWS8SyACCo?t=14…
One explanation why the Sun’s corona is confusingly much hotter than its surface, a long standing mystery, is packets of very hot material called "heat bombs" that travel from the surface into the sun’s atmosphere before exploding and releasing their heat. spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-c…
The trams in Hiroshima were back in service just 3 days after the bomb dropped bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-a…
, "Friends" deleted a scene about joking with bombs at an airport, that was supposed to air two weeks after 9/11. youtu.be/_p5i7lu2pGQ
John Cleese based the character of Basil Fawlty on Donald Sinclair, an eccentric hotel owner who’d accommodated Monty Python. Sinclair threw Eric Idle’s briefcase out of a window because he mistook it for a bomb, and criticised Terry Gilliam’s table manners because he was American. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
USSR used remotely controlled tanks during WW2. They were called "Teletanks" and were able to recognize sixteen to twenty-four different commands sent via radio and drop armored box-bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
In the late 1950s, a top secret United States Air Force project known as Project A119 (A Study For Lunar Research Flights) aimed to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
After TJ Miller got accused of sexual misconduct and called in a fake bomb threat, Dreamworks hired an impersonator to dub over his lines in How To Train Your Dragon 3 to match his performance exactly (it had already been animated) in order to not change the film but still dissociate him from it insider.com/tj-miller-how…
Two Japanese Kawanishi H8K "Emily" flying boats carried out an unsuccessful bombing raid on Hawaii on March 4, 1942. Four bombs from one of the planes exploded near a high school in Honolulu which shattered some of its windows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
In 1969, the Colorado government detonated a nuclear bomb (twice as powerful as as the bomb at Hiroshima) underground for the purpose of fracking. cpr.org/2019/09/06/rememb…
America accidentally dropped a nuke on South Carolina in 1958 and two Hydrogen bombs on North Carolina in 1961. The traditional explosives on the nuke exploded, while only a low voltage trigger kept one of the H-bombs from detonating. huffpost.com/entry/that-o…
Today I learned about the IRA's proxy bomb campaign of 24 Oct 1990. Three separate people had their families held at gunpoint while they were forced to drive vehicles packed with explosives to targets. The tactic was seen as abhorrent by Catholics and Protestants alike, and even by some members of the IRA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Nagasaki was the center of Japanese Catholicism and over 8,000 Catholics were among the 75,000 killed when a nuclear bomb was dropped over the city. catholicherald.co.uk/news…
The Bikini (swimsuit) was named after the Bikini Atoll (atom bomb test site) and not the other way around slate.com/human-interest/…
Project Orion was an interstellar spaceship concept that the U.S. calculated could reach 5% the speed of light by shooting atomic bombs of Hiroshima/Nagasaki power out the back. Carl Sagan later said such an engine also would be a great way to dispose of humanity's nukes. astronomy.com/news/2016/0…
It was Theodore Hall, a scientist working at Los Alamos during WWII, who gave the designs of the atomic bomb to the Soviets. He did so because he did not want the USA to have a monopoly on nuclear weapons. He was never charged for his crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The US Military is developing Bomb Sniffing Cyborg Locusts. Since 2016, Researchers at Washington University have attempted to implant locusts with cybernetic enhancements that allow them to be remotely piloted, use their antennae to detect explosives, and wirelessly relay that information back. popularmechanics.com/mili…
A powerful solar storm once forced astronauts on the International Space Station to take refuge in the spacecraft's solar storm "bomb shelter". space.com/2080-solar-flar…
Japanese scientists had cultivated enough CowPox to infect all the people in the United States and were ready to deploy it via ocean crossing balloons which had already delivered bombs but Emperor Hirohito did not permit it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-…
Today I learned about Richard Jewel, who found a bomb and evacuated the area, saving many lives. He was investigated and despite never being charged, he underwent a "trial by media" with great toll on his life. Jewel's case is an example of the damage that can be done by media based on bias. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The Allied Forces had planned to bomb the Toyota factory but the company was saved by the end of WWII blog.logomyway.com/histor…
HMS Terror, of the doomed Franklin Expedition, mortared Fort McHenry inspiring Francis Scott Key's "Bombs bursting in air". A ship called HMS Erebus, not of the Franklin Expedition, launched Congreve rockets, inspiring Key's "Rocket's red glare." numa.net/2014/11/sunken-s…
Today I learned of Qian Xuesen, a Chinese rocket scientist and mathematician, who worked on the Manhattan Project during WW2 to help America build the world's first atomic bomb. During the Cold War, he was accused of being a communist and fled America to China, where he helped China build its first atomic bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qia…
Scientists developed a plan to boost Egypt's hydroelectric capacity by using 200+ atom bombs to carve a canal between the Qattara Depression and the Mediterranean to create a vast inland sea. The proposal was rejected cntraveler.com/story/why-…
The atomic-bomb-carrying 509th Composite Group named many of their planes after their special mission: Strange Cargo, Up An' Atom, Necessary Evil, Some Punkins. They also had special tail markings but it was replaced for operational security reasons. Their famous nose art was mostly added after. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/509…
Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, named the aircraft after his mother, Enola Gay Tibbets. Also, when he was 12, Paul Tibbets dropped candy bars in parachutes over a racetrack to spectators from an airplane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
A toilet was used as an aerial bomb during the Vietnam War warhistoryonline.com/viet…
Today I learned of Vitka Kempner, a Polish Jew who was part of a resistance group called the Avengers in WWII-she wrecked a train line with a homemade bomb, smuggled weapons, and sabotaged buildings. Post-war, she poisoned 3,000 loaves of bread meant for German SS officers at a prison camp. 1,900 fell ill. facinghistory.org/resourc…
The nuclear bomb tests in the 1940s can help identify forged paintings by using radiocarbon dating. Authenticators can count the number of carbon 14 isotopes and decide whether the number is realistic for the time. Carbon 14 isotopes are known to have dramatically increased after these tests. news.artnet.com/art-world…
Today I learned of Vesna VuloviΔ‡ who holds the world record for surviving the highest fall without a parachute: 10,160 m (33,330 ft; 6.31 mi). She was the sole survivor after a briefcase bomb tore through the baggage compartment of JAT Flight 367 on 26 January 1972. She later became a pro-democracy activist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
USA once detonated atomic bombs and placed a bunch of beer near them. They concluded that, in the event of a atomic blast, beer is mostly safe to drink. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Today I learned of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, an all-black airborne unit. Instead of overseas deployment, they fought wildfires started by Japanese balloon bombs on the US west coast. The "Triple Nickles" parachuted directly into affected areas for half the fires they fought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555…
The whistling noise when bombs are dropped are an actual intentional design for psychological warfare in WW2. mechstuff.com/why-did-air…
Mechanical computers, used for navigation and calculating bomb trajectories on WWII aircraft, actually performed better in the air than they did on the ground due to the vibration of the aircraft preventing the mechanical components from sticking - now known as dithering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dit…
A Japanese "balloon bomb" killed a family of six in World War II, the only war deaths in the Continental U.S. during the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-…
Today I learned about the "hijacking" of the oil tanker, Brillante Virtuoso in the Gulf of Aden in 2011. There pirate attack left the ship heavily damaged and it was scrapped. The owner attempted a $100 mil insurance claim, one of the primary inspectors was killed in a car bomb, others were harassed. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
During WWII the US experimented with using a bomb filled with live bats that had incendiary devices attached to them in an attempt to set enemy cities on fire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The USAAF developed a copy of the V-1 flying bomb during WW2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
There was a proposed project to construct a deepwater port in Alaska by detonating atomic bombs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The physicist John Wheeler once calculated that if one took all the heavy water in all the oceans of the world, one could build a hydrogen bomb that would compress matter at the center so much that a black hole would be created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
On the 2nd April 2014 a bomb exploded in the bombers face because of daylight saving time telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The words BOMB and BOOM have same origin, and BOMB was likely originally pronounced as "BOOM", same as "womb" and "tomb" grammarphobia.com/blog/20…
Today I learned of Col. Heinz Brandt who unwittingly became part of TWO assassination attempts on Hitler. 1943: unaware he was carrying a bomb inside a wine bottle (failed to detonate). 1944: unaware that Col. Stauffenberg’s briefcase had a bomb; moving the briefcase inadvertently saved Hitler’s life. ww2db.com/person_bio.php?…

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