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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2021, 03:29:01 PM »
That would be one hell of a bang I imagine.


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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2021, 03:51:29 PM »
Quite some story to tell your kids  :eek1:

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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2021, 04:15:18 PM »
As a child I remember duck and cover drills that were supposed to protect you from a nuclear blast.
In this case:
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The experiment and footage come courtesy of the Air Force, which wanted to convince the American people that using nuclear missiles in the atmosphere was safe for everyone down below, and would even prove useful in the event of a Russian attack with similar nukes.

A nuke can be a small device yielding about as explosive power as a WW 2 grand slam or a BLU-82 ranging to the opposite extreme all the way up to a 58 megatons (yes mega tons)Tsar bomb.

This was a W-54 war head with a variable yield of between 10 tons to 250 tons of TNT.

This BTW is the same warhead used by the "Davy Crockett Weapon System".

  We were taught to duck and cover, to decontaminate and read geiger counters. Ah the good old days, when grammar school kids were ready for “Nuclear combat! Toe to toe with the Russkies!”

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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2021, 12:07:46 AM »
I was just reading about the Davy Crocket system in Dan Carlin's "The End is Always Near."

I'd volunteer for that one. Chance of cancer might go up 1 or 2%, but the chance of free beers for telling the story goes up to "guaranteed."

But I wouldn't volunteer for the ordnance most people think of when we say "nuclear weapon."
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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2021, 11:34:25 AM »
Given the chance to do that, I probably would!
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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2021, 11:38:17 AM »
Given the chance to do that, I probably would!
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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2021, 11:55:05 AM »
Given the chance to do that, I probably would!
-Blast <------ of course you would  :smiley_crocodile:
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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2021, 03:44:29 PM »
I bet none of those guys ever had to buy another beer at a bar, ever!
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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2021, 07:43:46 PM »
I bet none of those guys ever had to buy another beer at a bar, ever!
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There's probably a lot of things they never had to buy again. Hair brush ( hair cut) flashlight, birth control , long term health care. But I bet that very day they had to  buy new underwear

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Re: Would you volunteer to stand under a nuclear weapon detonation?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2021, 12:56:14 PM »
There's probably a lot of things they never had to buy again. Hair brush ( hair cut) flashlight, birth control , long term health care. But I bet that very day they had to  buy new underwear

According to this follow-up article by NPR, it seems most of them lived to normal (and beyond) old age. The article talks about each person.
https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/07/16/156851175/five-men-agree-to-stand-directly-under-an-exploding-nuclear-bomb

As far as why they didn't get much radiation:
"The thing is, in that particular explosion, those guys would have been in a pretty safe position. The bomb itself was a small one (by nuclear standards — 2 kilotons) and it was way, way above their heads. They weren't in a zone to be too affected by the immediate radiation. The bomb was small enough and high enough that it wouldn't have sucked up dust to produce much fallout. The remaining cloud would have been full of (nasty) fission products, but it would have been extremely hot and most of it would have stayed aloft until it cooled down, by which point it probably would have been spread more diffusely."

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