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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1942, the Japanese bombed the U.S. mainland, starting a forest fire and doing almost as much damage as a modern gender reveal party   (history.com) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-09-09 2:24:13 PM  
According to Wikipedia the 1942 fire was contained by two men and extinguished by a crew the next morning. Nowhere close to a gender reveal.
 
2020-09-09 2:56:53 PM  
Here, as Paul Harvey used to say, is the "rest of the story".

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/n​o​buo-fujitas-sword
 
2020-09-09 3:04:56 PM  
A few years later, we sustained the only mainland deaths when a fire-balloon ignited, killing a group on a Sunday picnic, down near Bly.  That was Spring 1945, IIRC
 
2020-09-09 3:05:21 PM  
Don't forget the Fu-Go, which didn't do much damage but is an amazing idea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-Go_b​a​lloon_bomb
 
2020-09-09 3:05:54 PM  

ZAZ: According to Wikipedia the 1942 fire was contained by two men and extinguished by a crew the next morning. Nowhere close to a gender reveal.


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Japanese sleeper spies?
 
2020-09-09 3:06:11 PM  

ZAZ: According to Wikipedia the 1942 fire was contained by two men and extinguished by a crew the next morning. Nowhere close to a gender reveal.


Well, yeah, they were probably all out raking the forest.
 
2020-09-09 3:06:15 PM  
Well, at least there was a measured and equal response to quickly deescalate things.
 
2020-09-09 3:07:01 PM  

Billy Liar: A few years later, we sustained the only mainland deaths when a fire-balloon ignited, killing a group on a Sunday picnic, down near Bly.  That was Spring 1945, IIRC


GaperKiller: Don't forget the Fu-Go, which didn't do much damage but is an amazing idea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-Go_ba​lloon_bomb


Came here to say this.

Good job on your knowing obscure history!!
 
2020-09-09 3:07:16 PM  
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2020-09-09 3:07:33 PM  

ZAZ: According to Wikipedia the 1942 fire was contained by two men and extinguished by a crew the next morning. Nowhere close to a gender reveal.


In all fairness, though, there was only about 42 years worth of undergrowth back then because of the Smokey  Bear Effect, not 120 years of it.

https://www.npr.org/2012/08/23/159373​6​91/how-the-smokey-bear-effect-led-to-r​aging-wildfires
 
2020-09-09 3:07:44 PM  
Wow. I was this old when I found this out. Interesting.
 
2020-09-09 3:08:19 PM  
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2020-09-09 3:09:37 PM  
the first and only air attack on the U.S. mainland in the war

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Fu-Go Balloon Bombs
 
2020-09-09 3:24:46 PM  
And then they learned how to conquer not with bombs, but with anime and pixelated porn.
 
2020-09-09 3:29:19 PM  
And here all this time I thought it was the Germans and the year was 1941. I saw a documentary about it in college.
 
2020-09-09 3:31:44 PM  

ZAZ: According to Wikipedia the 1942 fire was contained by two men and extinguished by a crew the next morning. Nowhere close to a gender reveal.


Whereas this one was started by two men extinguishing something until morning.
 
2020-09-09 4:02:33 PM  

GaperKiller: Don't forget the Fu-Go, which didn't do much damage but is an amazing idea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-Go_ba​lloon_bomb


It's one that could be implemented today in a much, much more effective manner.

All you need is a computer with a GPS, and program it to drop its payload when it's over any number of pre-programmed targets.  You don't get to chose which particular target it would drop them over, but you do get to choose to drop the payload over a meaningful target of some kind.
 
2020-09-09 4:53:44 PM  

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okay, now that was an underrated movie. I thought it was hilarious.
 
2020-09-09 5:01:31 PM  

ZAZ: According to Wikipedia the 1942 fire was contained by two men and extinguished by a crew the next morning. Nowhere close to a gender reveal.


yup it had rained recently so the fire stood little chance of spreading.   Still it was a ballsy move to pull even if it was ineffective.
 
2020-09-09 5:36:42 PM  
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2020-09-10 2:59:08 PM  

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That's really ironic, given that the whole "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" thing led up to the situation we see today.  By not allowing periodic (every 5 to 10 years) wildfires to clear out the underbrush and litter, like had been the case for millennia before government got involved, all that litter of dead branches and undergrowth built up to the point where every fire no matter what the cause is a potential problem.

The forests used to survive those periodic wildfires.  They don't survive the conflagrations that happen now because there is so much fuel, it kills all of the trees.
 
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