Slaxl: LUNARcy!- PaulDavis, York UK, 25/11/2012 19:23I hate Daily Mail commenters.... Paul Davis of York... You think it's clever to put "Lunar" into "Lunacy"? Didn't you stop to think that maybe the words are so similar because they share "Luna"? Didn't you learn even basic Latin at school? Did you not even study classics? Where were you educated? A farm? Jeez.
GypsyJoker: Sort of like the plan to create a new harbor in Alaska by using nukes as construction equipment.Link
MaudlinMutantMollusk: So... he was smoking pot a lot longer than we thought?
Practical_Draconian: Swear I saw this years ago on Fark.
Snapper Carr: Cuz you don't mess around...with God's America
falkone32: born_yesterdayUm, Holy Fark! 1958? I'm pretty sure they'd heard of radiation by then, hadn't they? And that it would be bad?Edward Teller was the one proposing these kinds of projects (as well as auxiliary crap like SDI and nuclear superiority in general). I guess when you build hydrogen bombs, everything starts to look like a nail.
grinding_journalist: falkone32: born_yesterdayUm, Holy Fark! 1958? I'm pretty sure they'd heard of radiation by then, hadn't they? And that it would be bad?Edward Teller was the one proposing these kinds of projects (as well as auxiliary crap like SDI and nuclear superiority in general). I guess when you build hydrogen bombs, everything starts to look like a nail.There's that, and there's also the fact that the plan called for fairly deep-underground detonations of successively smaller sizes- it's unlikely there'd be harmful radiation levels on the surface, but that still says nothing of the ecological (and possibly geological) impacts.
teto85: If Sagan was involved with this, what turned him from the Dark Side?
Cerebral Knievel: teto85: If Sagan was involved with this, what turned him from the Dark Side?during that time Nuclear science wasn't the "dark side" it was the next great thing and where all the research money was being directed.. Dude was a grad student making his way in the world.ya gotta keep in mind that the entire space race thing was about who could develop a functional and reliable intercontinental ballistic missle first. it was all about showing power. be it military might, scientific prowess, engineering skillz.this was the environment that Sagan came into out of school... he was a wunderkind and he was needed for the effort.it wasn't really a matter of being on the side of good and evil... he was a number crunching kid, working a job.now.. a little later on... when it was pretty much realized that the bombs had no real world peace time applications, he drew away dropped a bunch of acid, smoked a bunch of weed, had his mind BLOWN by the universe and became our space centric philosophical geek overlord.
Cerebral Knievel: check out the Documentary Nuclear Journeys, its part of trinity and beyond series.
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