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(Victoria Times Colonist)   Nagasaki survivor dies at 96. Fark: not Japanese   (timescolonist.com) divider line
    More: Hero, Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nuclear weapon, B-29 Superfortress, Rudi Hoenson, Death, 18-year-old Dutch soldier, Victoria General Hospital, Radiation sickness  
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2020-05-29 5:47:19 PM  
I ran the numbers on this and I've come to the conclusion that statistically, not being Japanese significantly increased your chances of surviving Nagasaki. I plan on a peer review and then publishing in DERP: An Academic Journal That Publishes For Those Should Probably Perish.
 
2020-05-29 5:48:40 PM  
*That isn't a typo, they couldn't be bothered with proofreading the journal's title.
 
2020-05-29 5:58:01 PM  
I thought Logan survived Hiroshima, not Nagasaki.
 
2020-05-29 5:58:12 PM  
Wow. I wish that more of humanity had his humanity.
 
2020-05-29 6:15:04 PM  

johnsoninca: I thought Logan survived Hiroshima, not Nagasaki.


He's 150.
 
2020-05-29 6:16:14 PM  
i thought this only affected kids......
 
2020-05-29 6:19:21 PM  
I remember the story of a guy who had survived both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Tsutomu Yamaguchi.

He died at 93 in 2010.
 
2020-05-29 6:23:55 PM  
I learned something new today. The bomb had a parachute on it. I assume this was to give the plane a chance to get further away before detonation.
 
2020-05-29 6:24:48 PM  
God bless him. I am so surprised that he lived that long after having being exposed to that.
 
2020-05-29 6:26:50 PM  

FarkingChas: I learned something new today. The bomb had a parachute on it. I assume this was to give the plane a chance to get further away before detonation.


Also, Red Bull merchandising.
 
2020-05-29 6:28:16 PM  
Office Space "Mr Not-gonna-work-here"
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2020-05-29 6:34:31 PM  

FarkingChas: I learned something new today. The bomb had a parachute on it. I assume this was to give the plane a chance to get further away before detonation.


The bomb didn't but a separate plane dropped instrumentation that did. The reports of parachutes are from these. http://www.hiroshimapeacemedia​.jp/hiro​shima-koku/en/exploration/index_200711​13.html
 
2020-05-29 6:45:16 PM  
RIP, Good man.
 
2020-05-29 6:45:27 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: FarkingChas: I learned something new today. The bomb had a parachute on it. I assume this was to give the plane a chance to get further away before detonation.

The bomb didn't but a separate plane dropped instrumentation that did. The reports of parachutes are from these. http://www.hiroshimapeacemedia.​jp/hiroshima-koku/en/exploration/index​_20071113.html


Ah. OK. So now I have unlearned something that I thought I just learned. And have again learned something new. My brain hurts now. :(
 
2020-05-29 6:55:01 PM  

FarkingChas: TheDirtyNacho: FarkingChas: I learned something new today. The bomb had a parachute on it. I assume this was to give the plane a chance to get further away before detonation.

The bomb didn't but a separate plane dropped instrumentation that did. The reports of parachutes are from these. http://www.hiroshimapeacemedia.​jp/hiroshima-koku/en/exploration/index​_20071113.html

Ah. OK. So now I have unlearned something that I thought I just learned. And have again learned something new. My brain hurts now. :(


A lot of sources relying on period news accounts still say it used a parachute. And then later weapons did use parachutes because bombers would fly at much lower heights to avoid radar detection. That's probably where a lot of the confusion comes from.
 
2020-05-29 7:04:59 PM  
The travels of POWs held during the war were interesting.  How Germans wound up in Texas, how some wound up in Africa in the colonies, how the Americans captured in Bataan were spread out throughout Japanese held territory.  It's weird to read through the places that New Mexico National Guardsmen died after being captured.  Mostly Bataan, but a few in Japan, some died when their hell ships were torpedoed, and at least one died in Manchuria.
 
2020-05-29 7:06:35 PM  

FarkingChas: I learned something new today. The bomb had a parachute on it. I assume this was to give the plane a chance to get further away before detonation.


Assumption correct
 
2020-05-29 7:09:36 PM  

daffy: God bless him. I am so surprised that he lived that long after having being exposed to that.


Well obviously the most logical conclusion is that the radiation gave him superpowers
 
2020-05-29 7:24:18 PM  

FarkingChas: I learned something new today. The bomb had a parachute on it. I assume this was to give the plane a chance to get further away before detonation.


Fat man had the aerodynamics of a bowling ball.  The chute was to keep it nose down.
 
2020-05-29 7:35:22 PM  

brap: I ran the numbers on this and I've come to the conclusion that statistically, not being Japanese significantly increased your chances of surviving Nagasaki. I plan on a peer review and then publishing in DERP: An Academic Journal That Publishes For Those Should Probably Perish.


Might be a good one for the Annals of Improbable Research, née the Journal of Irreproducible Results.

https://www.improbable.com/
 
2020-05-29 7:45:20 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: FarkingChas: TheDirtyNacho: FarkingChas: I learned something new today. The bomb had a parachute on it. I assume this was to give the plane a chance to get further away before detonation.

The bomb didn't but a separate plane dropped instrumentation that did. The reports of parachutes are from these. http://www.hiroshimapeacemedia.​jp/hiroshima-koku/en/exploration/index​_20071113.html

Ah. OK. So now I have unlearned something that I thought I just learned. And have again learned something new. My brain hurts now. :(

A lot of sources relying on period news accounts still say it used a parachute. And then later weapons did use parachutes because bombers would fly at much lower heights to avoid radar detection. That's probably where a lot of the confusion comes from.


A lot of the confusion probably came from the fact that the tailfin assembly was nicknamed a "California parachute."

https://books.google.com/books/about/​W​ar_s_End.html?id=0GaCDwAAQBAJ
 
2020-05-29 8:11:27 PM  
There was a WWII POW in Japan. He was in a prison in Hiroshima. Boom.

He survived. They moved him to another prison the next day.

In Nagasaki. Boom.

\ How's that for hardcore? Got nuked TWICE, lived.
 
2020-05-29 8:14:06 PM  
also, Rudi's Tea Room will be open again in time for the summer:
https://ltgov.bc.ca/blog/government-h​o​use-blog/rudis-tea-room-is-back-for-th​e-summer/
 
2020-05-29 8:32:16 PM  
Hot ginger and dynamite atomic bombs, there's nothing but that at night.
 
2020-05-29 8:34:40 PM  

Unobtanium: Wow. I wish that more of humanity had his humanity.


Relatively speaking, they do. He lost his a little bit ago.
 
2020-05-29 8:55:15 PM  
God speed Sir. a life of honour well lived...
 
2020-05-29 9:18:09 PM  
I just skimmed for the pictures; RIP Anthony Hopkins.

Also, why is every obituary "John Doe loved life, spread joy, left too soon"? You know at least 20% of them were miserable bastards just counting down the days and hoping their nurses would make a prescription mistake.
 
2020-05-30 2:02:51 AM  
Yes, but if you live through food poisoning from this particular dish, does that make you a Saganaki survivor?

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2020-05-30 7:02:03 AM  

brap: I ran the numbers on this and I've come to the conclusion that statistically, not being Japanese significantly increased your chances of surviving Nagasaki. I plan on a peer review and then publishing in DERP: An Academic Journal That Publishes For Those Should Probably Perish.


What does your journal have on the statistics...
  ...of Kawasaki survivors?
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In all seriousness Rudi Hoenson had a front row seat...
...to history being made...
...to worlds being reshaped...
...to lessons being learned...

...so generations after can discard and forget...
 
2020-05-30 12:24:07 PM  
He sounds like he was quite the amazing person.   Good find, subby.
 
2020-05-30 1:09:38 PM  

RecoveringLibertarian: daffy: God bless him. I am so surprised that he lived that long after having being exposed to that.

Well obviously the most logical conclusion is that the radiation gave him superpowers


That is so cool.
 
2020-05-30 7:24:00 PM  
Wish there were more like him today.  Now, everyone has to get on twitter, facebook, instagram to
be a 15 minute star, anytime something happens to them.

"For 70 years he kept his memories bottled up, wouldn't talk about them to anyone, at least not in public. He said he didn't want to sound like he was "showing off." The idea of milking glory or sympathy from the horror of Nagasaki made him squirm."
 
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