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(BBC)   Next time you think you've suffered a rough flight, remember this RAF navigator who was ordered to fly through H-bomb mushroom clouds twice - and has had cancer seven times since   (bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2012-11-08 09:10:46 AM  
Therapeutic levels.
 
2012-11-08 09:33:52 AM  
Well. He was paid to be there! I'm paying to be here. Now get me my damn drink and bag of pretzels!!
 
2012-11-08 11:06:14 AM  
And no super powers.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-08 11:54:19 AM  
The good news is, OSHA* now has a conversion from mushroom cloud flights to cancer rates, 1:3.5, and can use that to set acceptable workplace limits of H bomb flyovers.

* Or the British equivalent, too lazy to look it up.
 
2012-11-08 12:23:05 PM  
Lucky number 7?

/Lucky to survive at least 6 times, I suppose?
 
2012-11-08 12:23:37 PM  
I like mushrooms...

blog.gni.ca
 
2012-11-08 12:25:18 PM  
Their job was to measure how successful the explosion had been.

Uh huh. Nah, more likely their job was simply as lab rats to see what indeed would happen to someone who flew through a mushroom cloud.
 
2012-11-08 12:26:20 PM  

ZAZ: The good news is, OSHA* now has a conversion from mushroom cloud flights to cancer rates, 1:3.5, and can use that to set acceptable workplace limits of H bomb flyovers.

* Or the British equivalent, too lazy to look it up.


upload.wikimedia.org

*
 
2012-11-08 12:26:26 PM  
I bet he got cancer in all 7 of his balls.
 
2012-11-08 12:27:42 PM  
Hmm. 7 cancers. Most people are done for by their second or even third cancer. Those bombs must have toughened him up.
 
2012-11-08 12:29:25 PM  
We all go through radiation poisoning every time we fly via body scanners. I grew a mass on my right buttox that strangely resembles the face of jesus on the virgin mary. You'll see the article next week. The sun will be there.
 
2012-11-08 12:31:05 PM  
Thus proving that he is immortal and we all should fly through mushroom clouds.
 
2012-11-08 12:37:57 PM  
am i the only one thinking they should get a Glowing Heart for those who get cancer from their service? Just a crystal heart with tritium painted on the back to shine through... it'd be awesome.

and I'm not speaking coldly about those in the service, but sometimes all you can do is laugh
 
2012-11-08 12:38:10 PM  

Diogenes: And no super powers.


1.bp.blogspot.com

At least the goggles helped. This time.
 
2012-11-08 12:42:07 PM  

Diogenes: And no super powers.


Now, if he'd been bitten by the plane...
 
2012-11-08 12:44:16 PM  
"We were doing it and we were all ready to die," he says.

Hence the cancer.
 
2012-11-08 12:51:11 PM  
Cancer. We all just get along.
 
2012-11-08 12:54:20 PM  
Pfft - amateur. I once had to fly from Seattle to Cincinnati and all I had to watch was "The Black Dahlia."


/worse than ball-cancer
 
2012-11-08 01:13:24 PM  
Wasn't there some sort of X-project that trained monkies to fly on simulators, so they could test to see if human pilots could live long enough to finish their missions?
 
2012-11-08 01:37:46 PM  
THIS is why the GOP is right when they say regulation is killing innovation!
 
2012-11-08 01:46:29 PM  
I'm sure he never smoked like a chimney while in the RAF.
 
2012-11-08 01:47:29 PM  
We had our eyes closed, but even with our eyes closed we could see the light through our eye lids.

I'm kind of surprised that:
a) The flash didn't damage their eyes through their eyelids, and
b) He's still alive??!?!?! Maybe he did get super powers!
 
2012-11-08 01:49:30 PM  
Was it over Macho Grande?
 
2012-11-08 02:06:51 PM  

MythDragon: Wasn't there some sort of X-project that trained monkies to fly on simulators, so they could test to see if human pilots could live long enough to finish their missions?


Well there was a movie about that and it was called...wait for it...Project X!

/who woulda thunk?
 
2012-11-08 02:07:50 PM  
"It was then that the plane's internal measuring equipment maxed out, Pasquini says, exposing them all to high dosages of radioactivity."

Is this kind of like how if you wear a thermometer around your neck on a hot day, you stay cool until it explodes?

/the real question is whether the author of TFA is ignorant or merely incompetent
//sentences should not have dangly bits
 
2012-11-08 03:01:53 PM  

show me: MythDragon: Wasn't there some sort of X-project that trained monkies to fly on simulators, so they could test to see if human pilots could live long enough to finish their missions?

Well there was a movie about that and it was called...wait for it...Project X!

/who woulda thunk?


thatsthejoke.jpg
 
2012-11-08 03:29:43 PM  
I dunno. If you make it to 79, you weren't that badly messed up by whatever you went through. Not compared to some.
 
2012-11-08 03:32:40 PM  
"The Londoner attributes his own illnesses and those of his children to the effects of the radiation exposure, as well as the cancers and illnesses of other nuclear veterans and their children."

Oh? Radiation exposure has never been linked to cancer in one's offspring.
 
2012-11-08 05:48:26 PM  
I was hired by a guy who's brother was on one of the camera planes on the Nagasaki drop. They were told to put on their goggles, close their eyes and wait until the all clear sign was given.

His brother said when he took off his goggles he could see the bones of his foot glowing through his shoe. Always though he was pulling my leg until I ran across a few more incidents like that.

If you can find it watch "Radio Bikini". I won't give away the reveal at the end, but it's well worth it if you want to see some of the results of the Baker test.
 
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