Atomic Tests
April 19, 2010 7:20 AM   Subscribe

Atomic Test Archive. Histories of atomic testing by country, with video and photographic archives. The Information Films page is interesting: One can envision 50's dad smugly admiring his tidy yard through freshly vapourised retinas. Also: the one-hour declassified Ivy Mike film at the internet archive.
posted by Wolfdog (8 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Previous explodey stuff.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:20 AM on April 19, 2010

posted by Thorzdad at 7:32 AM on April 19, 2010

Two related things I kind of miss in the new century: fear of instant death from above and existentialism as a legitimate philosophy.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:31 AM on April 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Duck, and cover!
posted by progosk at 8:43 AM on April 19, 2010

I stumbled upon a copy of this book when skulking through the nearly endless bookshelves of Chamblin's BookMine.

I flipped through it... reading...

I bought it that day.

We will leave behind a very dark legacy.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 9:35 AM on April 19, 2010

I've always had a hard time reconciling the breathtaking beauty of atomic explosions with their horrific consequences. I remember reading somewhere that nuclear scientists often have a "favorite" nuclear test, and will post pictures of the explosions on their office walls.

Talk about a morally conflicted job.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:22 AM on April 19, 2010

progosk: Duck, and cover!

...which always puts me in mind of The Atomic Cafe - now available full-length on YouTube.
posted by hangashore at 10:52 AM on April 19, 2010

The National Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix Up Bureau?!

As Wikipedia notes, "The film [The House in the Middle] was actually produced by the National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association. The likelihood that repainting a house would be effective in protecting it from the extreme heat and blast force of a nuclear explosion is questionable, and the film all but ignores the status of the structure's occupants during the event."

Finally, something worse than a lead-lined refrigerator.
posted by librarylis at 12:48 AM on April 20, 2010

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