The nuclear weapons simulator
at CarlosLabs (previously)
has been updated to include fallout wind drift, pressure and thermal events to evaluate the impact of everything from a suitcase nuke to the Tsar Bomba
on your city. The Missile Range Tool
can show if you are in the vicinity of any delivery systems currently in service, or compare your location to the range of those used historically, such as the V2. For the effects of the cosmic collisions of asteroids and comets (and featuring rather more science) there's the Earth Impact Effects Program
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Nov 1, 2010 -
In 1948, in the aftermath of the Second World War, with Europe still in ruins, three young Belgian comic strip artists, Joseph Gillain (aka Jijé
), Maurice de Bevere (aka Morris
) and André Franquin
, crossed the Atlantic with the intention of settling in the US.
All three would eventually return to Belgium, their hopes of working for Disney ultimately dashed by the turmoil of the McCarthy years. However, in the meantime they made the acquaintance of their colleagues of the Charles William Harvey Studio
in New York, including a cosmopolitan young wit named René Goscinny
. [more inside]
posted by Skeptic
on Oct 29, 2009 -
The Letter of Last Resort. At this very moment, miles beneath the surface of the ocean, there is a British nuclear submarine carrying powerful ICBMs ... there is a safe attached to a control room floor. Inside that, there is an inner safe. And inside that sits a letter. It is addressed to the submarine commander and it is from the Prime Minister. In that letter, Gordon Brown conveys the most awesome decision of his political career ... and none of us is ever likely to know what he decided.
posted by veedubya
on Jan 22, 2009 -
We wanted to hold onto them for as long as possible. Not as much as a tribute to the early history of MAD... but because these paintings were covering up quite a few holes in the walls.
posted by R. Mutt
on Oct 17, 2008 -
No Tourists, No Artists.
Tourists at Atlanta's Underground
didn't realize they were working with an real live artist, but they were. Tom Richmond
, Caricaturist Of The Year for 1998 and 1999
, recipient of a Reuben Award
, one-time comic book creator
, and frequent artistic contributor to Mad Magazine
(movie parodies, mostly
), supported his freelance work for almost 18 years by doing cartoons-for-hire in historic Underground Atlanta
. Despite many efforts to "save"
continues to fade in popularity
and the tourist traffic just dwindles on down, leaving folks like Tom no choice but to pack up their paints and leave. Tom's story makes for interesting insight into a job that most of us might take for tourist-trapping huckstery. (via Radical Georgia Moderate)
posted by grabbingsand
on Jan 7, 2008 -
Upon the death of a possible BSE cow, "the unidentified doctor preserved the brain stem sample in formalin... but then 'simply forgot' about it until mid-July." That's the reason why we're only hearing about it now. Any questions?
posted by soyjoy
on Jul 27, 2005 -
The search for Alfred E. Neuman
Carl Djerassi emigrated to the US after Hitler's annexation of Austria, and in his essay traces the gap-toothed Mad Magazine spokesman from his original sighting on a German anti-semitic propaganda poster (PDF).
posted by docpops
on Feb 1, 2005 -
Spy vs. Spy
sell out! Mountain Dew has roped in the infamous black & white spies to shill their beverage. Quicktime needed to view the commercials. [via waxy.org]
posted by riffola
on Jun 28, 2004 -
A Mad Parody Of The Onion
Well, if this isn't Meta, I don't know what is. Certainly, we all know about The Onion
(and, indeed, our consensus is that we don't post Onion links here). The fine fellows at MAD magazine
have hoisted the Area Men by their own petard. I hate to say it, 'cuz I think The Onion is often quite funny, but they've got it nailed. (via Heath Row's Media Diet
posted by briank
on Nov 13, 2002 -