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Desc:The sun was setting on the British empire, they asked to make their own.
Category:Science & Technology, Horror
Tags:terror, hyrdogen bomb, human hubris, asking the kids across the pond for their new toy
Submitted:lokibolp
Date:11/30/09
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Comment count is 15
glasseye
This bomb was developed and tested BEFORE the US started sharing nuclear designs with the British (1957 vs 1958). The British demonstrating understanding of the Teller-Ulam design was what spurred us to share our smaller, more efficient bomb designs with them.
godot
Gosh, that was loud. (pardon my prole language).
Desidiosus
"Britain is safe"
THA SUGAH RAIN
Fun Facts:
That bomb was 1.8 megatons.
The bomb that leveled Hiroshima was ~15 kilotons.
The soviet union had a One Hundred Megaton bomb.
Frank Rizzo
fun fact:

A FUCKING ATOMIC BOMB IS USED TO DETONATE A HYDROGEN BOMB!!!!


its like the turducken(sp?) of bombs.

Toenails
*this* is why I go to poeTV.

That, and the "Zook" comment right below me.

MrBuddy
Yes, but when a Soviet scientist pointed out that the explosion of a 100 megaton nuclear weapon might blast some of the Earth's atmosphere into space they scaled the bomb back to 50 megatons for the test. Well, after they changed their soiled underwear that is.

Repomancer
The "Soviet scientist" was Andre Sakharov, the bomb's designer and future dissident.

cognitivedissonance
That'll teach them Zooks.
kingofthenothing
Thoughts going through a soldier's mind that day:

"Who did I piss off to get this assignment?"
"We're all going to die, aren't we?"
"Right, I just cover my eyes, like that will be enough."
"I should have been a butcher or something."
"OH MY GOD OH MY GOD I CAN SEE THE BONES IN MY HAND PLEASE HELP I DON'T WANT TO DIE... OH my God. Whoa. I hope that doesn't have lasting effects."
"Hey, pretty cloud."
ztc
"I am perfectly safe. The Captain said so and he's been to Eton."

oswaldtheluckyrabbit
This is why I honestly can't get too scared about any of the potential end-of-world scenarios they throw around these days. Total nuclear war was just so much more horrible.
garcet71283
And prettier!

Xiphias
good thing nukes don't exist anymore!

Runic
Five stars for turkducken of bombs.
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