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2010-07-08 9:43:09 AM  
I like how his world map has Japan at the center of the world.

Nationalist douchbaggery, even at a subliminal level, exists everywhere.
 
2010-07-08 9:43:35 AM  
How is there anything left of the US Southwest?!?!?
 
2010-07-08 9:43:39 AM  

Schlock: Pope Larry II: It looks like both the USSR and the USA bombed the hell out of themsevles. I wonder if, in the long run, that will be worse than an actual war.

England tested in Australia and the US and France tested in Algeria (or close to it). These things are new to me.

Bikini Atoll, I believe


I prefer No Bikini Atoll.
 
2010-07-08 9:44:09 AM  
MelGoesOnTour Quote 2010-07-08 09:18:07 AM
I dunno....was bored within seconds.


Oldiron_79 Quote 2010-07-08 09:18:34 AM
Only 2 really mattered.


'This' to both.

I'm sick of 'Oooooooooooh! Nukes are BAD!!!' Yeah, especially when acquired by rogue nations such as Iran and NKorea.
 
2010-07-08 9:44:21 AM  

Pope Larry II: It looks like both the USSR and the USA bombed the hell out of themsevles. I wonder if, in the long run, that will be worse than an actual war.

England tested in Australia and the US and France tested in Algeria (or close to it). These things are new to me.


Hah, never thought of it that way.

US: Don't you DARE bomb us, like this, BOOM!
USSR: We could though, like this, BOOM!
US: You bastards, that was threatening, but we can respond, like this! BOOM!
USSR: Touche, but now watch this! BOOM!
US: How bout this! BOOM!
USSR: No way! quit it! BOOM!
UK: Hey guys, just fyi, BOOM!
 
2010-07-08 9:44:35 AM  
I saw one US test that looked like it took place in Mississippi or Alabama. Where was that at?
 
2010-07-08 9:44:38 AM  
And no, starfish prime is NOT a gay Autobot.
 
2010-07-08 9:44:40 AM  

signine: The atomic bomb tests in New Mexico and Nevada have left some pretty sizeable chunks of land unusable. Then again, it was also in the middle of the desert, so it was unusable anyway.

The biggest problems from the stateside nuke tests in the 50s turned out not to be anywhere near the area in which the nukes were actually tested. There's a huge incidence of birth defects and other developmental disabilities in the midwest for the years during and following the tests that can be directly tied to them.

I think most of the cows spewing out the radioactive milk are dead now though.


I had read recently that a lot of the groundwater contaminated by the tests is slowly moving toward inhabited areas, as well
 
2010-07-08 9:44:41 AM  

DslainteC: I thought it was a rather easy game of Simon until the 60s arrived. Then it got tough to keep up.


1968 was smokin--felt more like Starship Troopers. I guess the whole planet is redneck. As a species we just like to blow shiat up.
 
2010-07-08 9:45:17 AM  
reminded me of Philip Glass.
 
2010-07-08 9:46:12 AM  
Two things: I didn't realize that the UK had tested nukes on US soil (seriously... you have all of Australia to use) and, I didn't know France had that many tests, either. At least they used the remote South Pacific.
 
2010-07-08 9:47:47 AM  
France really had a boner for the South Pacific. Seems logistically inconvenient. What's the deal, were they just trying to find the place furthest away?
 
2010-07-08 9:47:59 AM  
No wonder every animal in Australia is deadly, the Brits nuked the crap out of that island...
 
2010-07-08 9:48:27 AM  
loki see loki do: I like how his world map has Japan at the center of the world.

Nationalist douchbaggery, even at a subliminal level, exists everywhere.


Maps made in Europe have Europe as center America to left and Asia to right

Maps made in US/Canada Have America in center, Europe to right, Asia to left.

Maps made in Asia have Asia in center , America to right, Europe to left.
 
2010-07-08 9:48:35 AM  
Did anyone ever pass the test?

Everyone kept testing, they kept blowing up....

So was the point besides who could blow up more and wreck more land?

Both Bikini Atoll and Enewetak Atoll remain unihabitable and the people of the Marshall Islands are forced to continue to live with Kwajelain Atoll as target practice for US missles from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. They just fired one last week into that lagoon.

When is the test over? When does this war end?
 
2010-07-08 9:49:25 AM  
USA! USA! USA!

 
2010-07-08 9:49:25 AM  
Who would have guessed that some one could make nuclear explosions so damn boring.
 
2010-07-08 9:49:28 AM  

ripple123: and of course the japanese creator zooms in on the two at the start. suck it. thats what you get for pearl harbor.


And the Rape of Nanking. And the Bataan Death March.
 
2010-07-08 9:49:39 AM  

McManus_brothers: Two things: I didn't realize that the UK had tested nukes on US soil (seriously... you have all of Australia to use) and, I didn't know France had that many tests, either. At least they used the remote South Pacific.


Well, the remote South Pacific and Africa...
 
2010-07-08 9:50:34 AM  

Flab: I didn't know that the Brits had nuked the US, though.


I thought that was interesting. The UK did their testing in Australia, in the Pacific and in the US. Nowhere near their own country. They were the smart ones.
 
2010-07-08 9:51:50 AM  

dittybopper: Schlock: Pope Larry II: It looks like both the USSR and the USA bombed the hell out of themsevles. I wonder if, in the long run, that will be worse than an actual war.

England tested in Australia and the US and France tested in Algeria (or close to it). These things are new to me.

Bikini Atoll, I believe

I prefer No Bikini Atoll.


I believe I am missing some key punctuation...let's try that again.

UK tested in Australia and the US. France tested in Algeria.
 
2010-07-08 9:52:24 AM  

bennybub: USA! USA! We're number one! We're number one! We are so smart. SMRT!


I don't know about that. You would think that if we were so smart we wouldn't have needed over 1000 tests...
 
2010-07-08 9:52:45 AM  
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/hotter than an H-Bomb
 
2010-07-08 9:52:53 AM  

TheTeethoftheTiger: US: Don't you DARE bomb us, like this, BOOM!
USSR: We could though, like this, BOOM!
US: You bastards, that was threatening, but we can respond, like this! BOOM!
USSR: Touche, but now watch this! BOOM!
US: How bout this! BOOM!
USSR: No way! quit it! BOOM!
UK: Oh thank you for the gift, Yanks. We appreciate allowing us to BBBOOOOOMMMM...oh dear. I think we just blew it up. Might you spare another?
Australia: WTF WAS THAT? You can't just go around blowing up..
UK: BOOOOOMMMMM Hee hee, this is jolly good fun. Give us another.
Australia: Seriously this is really uncool...


FTFY
 
2010-07-08 9:53:03 AM  
Shame it only goes up to 1998, it misses the Vindaloo I had last night.
 
2010-07-08 9:53:29 AM  

sojournee: When does this war end?


2012
 
2010-07-08 9:53:38 AM  

loki see loki do: I like how his world map has Japan at the center of the world.

Nationalist douchbaggery, even at a subliminal level, exists everywhere.


The World is round, there is no start or finish line. Should every map have your country in the middle?
 
2010-07-08 9:53:39 AM  
Tricky Chicken Quote 2010-07-08 09:35:29 AM
ripple123: and of course the japanese creator zooms in on the two at the start. suck it. thats what you get for pearl harbor.

Ummm, that was the ze Germans

ftfy
 
2010-07-08 9:54:50 AM  

Pope Larry II: dittybopper: Schlock: Pope Larry II: It looks like both the USSR and the USA bombed the hell out of themsevles. I wonder if, in the long run, that will be worse than an actual war.

England tested in Australia and the US and France tested in Algeria (or close to it). These things are new to me.

Bikini Atoll, I believe

I prefer No Bikini Atoll.

I believe I am missing some key punctuation...let's try that again.

UK tested in Australia and the US. France tested in Algeria.


And I was saying that they tested at a place called Bikini Atoll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikini_Atoll

But apparently France was also using Polynesia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction#Pa​cific_exp e riments_center_.281966.E2.80.931996.29
 
2010-07-08 9:54:54 AM  

TheTeethoftheTiger: USA: New High Score!

But seriously, I didn't realize we have been consistently testing nukes still. As recently as 91'.



It might be a little weird to think about, but '91 was almost 20 years ago... That's not really all that recent.

/feeling old now
 
2010-07-08 9:55:00 AM  

loki see loki do: I like how his world map has Japan at the center of the world.

Nationalist douchbaggery, even at a subliminal level, exists everywhere.


Notice how the Atlantic is cut out? And how low the equator is? The map centered and cropped so as to maximize the usable screen space. Douchebag.
 
2010-07-08 9:56:13 AM  
Cool?
Seems kind of scary to me.
 
2010-07-08 9:56:54 AM  

bishop6042: I saw one US test that looked like it took place in Mississippi or Alabama. Where was that at?


I can't figure out where those ones were happening either
 
2010-07-08 9:57:38 AM  
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2010-07-08 9:58:27 AM  
that's the scariest game of Simon you'll ever see.
 
2010-07-08 9:59:26 AM  

Schlock: bishop6042: I saw one US test that looked like it took place in Mississippi or Alabama. Where was that at?

I can't figure out where those ones were happening either


Hattiesburg, MS

/Favre
 
2010-07-08 10:00:01 AM  

penguinfark: Tricky Chicken: ripple123: and of course the japanese creator zooms in on the two at the start. suck it. thats what you get for pearl harbor.

Ummm, that was the Germans

I thought it was the Australians?

/G'Day, mate!


You mean Austria, Australia is land locked. Why would they bomb
Peal Harbor?
 
2010-07-08 10:01:28 AM  
It was like Risk or Axis and Allies...Except with nukes! Cool.
 
2010-07-08 10:01:31 AM  
Pretty humbling to think that the largest man made explosion ever was only 50 megatons or so. Puny compared to a good sized volcanic eruption and absoutely dwarfed by asteroid impacts such as the Chixulub event which I believe was 150 million megatons. This is why I chuckle when people get all "we all would die from a nuclear war" crap. Pinprick would be the end result.

Tzar Bomba (new window)
 
2010-07-08 10:01:51 AM  
Good god...does the southwest US just glow constantly?
 
2010-07-08 10:02:52 AM  

Cheesus: Schlock: bishop6042: I saw one US test that looked like it took place in Mississippi or Alabama. Where was that at?

I can't figure out where those ones were happening either

Hattiesburg, MS

/Favre


Interesting, thank you. I assume the point of it was to determine whether other countries were covertly doing underground nuclear tests
 
2010-07-08 10:02:56 AM  
I'm just wondering where the people claiming "maps in america show america in the center" live. While I remember some maps like that (usually they reference something about the US), most of the maps I see have europe in the center, and the US to the right and Hawaii barely even on the map.
 
2010-07-08 10:03:37 AM  
That is 2053 nuclear explosions and the world survived. Add to that one farktacularly irresponsible reactor accident and the world survived. Perhaps the hysteria surrounding nuclear energy is a bit overblown?
 
2010-07-08 10:03:44 AM  
left....LEFT

I saw the mistype right as I clicked add comment :(
 
2010-07-08 10:04:39 AM  

thetubameister: How is there anything left of the US Southwest?!?!?


It's really, really big.
 
2010-07-08 10:04:41 AM  
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Approves.

/hot, like a MIRV
 
2010-07-08 10:04:42 AM  
bishop6042: I saw one US test that looked like it took place in Mississippi or Alabama. Where was that at?

According to wikipedia, near Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
 
2010-07-08 10:05:26 AM  

Flab: Interesting.

Haunting music.

I didn't know that the Brits had nuked the US, though.


After the British lost their initial testing grounds in Australia, probably because they told them to fark off (I guess the wildlife down there is bad enough without having any nuclear mutant variations), the US started letting them use our testing grounds.

Schlock:
Also, you'd think there'd have come a point after the first couple hundred in the US where we decided we'd really learned about all we were going to from setting these off.


That was the dick swinging contest between the US and the USSR.
 
2010-07-08 10:05:28 AM  
Am I the only one here that was saddened watching this video? I knew there was a lot of nuclear tests in the 60's, but dear lord I never realized the scope.
 
2010-07-08 10:05:28 AM  

Cheesus: Schlock: bishop6042: I saw one US test that looked like it took place in Mississippi or Alabama. Where was that at?

I can't figure out where those ones were happening either

Hattiesburg, MS

/Favre


It all makes perfect sense now. All those Northerners drive right by there to Florida. Finally an explanation for the Florida Tag.


Interesting project. Not meant to test the bombs really, but to test a means of identification of a bomb blast versus say an earthquake. Thanks Cheesus.
 
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