When All You Have Is A Hammer…

They say that when all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. It’s an old adage warning against the danger of over-reliance on a familiar tool. In 1970, the small town of Florence, Oregon had a problem. A dead sperm whale had washed up on their beach and was creating quite a stink. The highway division had dynamite, and so the whale looked like something to blow up. The hope being that scavengers like birds and crabs would consume the small pieces. Unfortunately, they didn’t know how much to use, so they decided to err on the side of overuse. Hilarity ensues. OK, it’s hilarious for us, but probably not for the people covered in whale particles.

Let this be a lesson to you: use the appropriate tool, and don’t blow up whales. Otherwise, you’ll wind up immortalized in a video, like the one of the whale explosion after the jump.

[youtube width=”420″ height=”315″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rf1Bn3Rg0o[/youtube]

  • Number_Six

    This was one of the first videos I ever saw on the Internets that wasn't a…gentleman's program…I wonder if the guy whose car gets bombed put in an insurance claim. "Yes, that's correct, a 500lb piece of whale landed on it…"

  • My father started working for the Oregon Department of Transportation, Highway Division, in the 1970s and continued with them until his retirement a few years ago. In the words of the video, "…they'll certainly remember what NOT to do." Believe me, they remember.

    Also, "…the small town of Florence"?!? That was a big city when I was growing up twenty miles south in Gardiner at that time. Florence had traffic lights, restaurants, and everything! It still does, in fact.

    • The Professor

      I always liked Florence and the surrounding area, very pretty and the smell of the sea. I wasn't there when the whale debacle occurred though. Luckily.

      • It's a shame you weren't there for the extra "smell of the sea"…

  • $kaycog

    If I had pieces of whale all over me, I'd be blubbering like a baby.

    • Number_Six

      What a nasty fluke that would be!

      • $kaycog

        Hahaha…….very finny!

        • CaptianNemo2001

          They had the right idea…

        • Number_Six

          Commentary flensing keeps me entertained at my desk. I baleen having a kriller day.

          • $kaycog

            I sea. Could you be more Pacific about your day?

          • Number_Six

            I'll just go for a drink instead of spouting off.

          • $kaycog

            Good idea, but please don't get loaded to the gills.

          • OA5599

            Thar she blows (up).

          • $kaycog

            Aw heck, that makes me Blue.

          • Number_Six

            Don't worry, you were a great Pilot on this one until you went all cold-blooded on us. Anyway, I'll be Right back from the pub as soon as I've downed a schooner or two.

          • $kaycog

            Have fun at the pub but don't get harpooned into doing anything you don't want to do…….you know……like Freeing Willy.

          • Stop it. You krill me.

          • CaptianNemo2001

            Stop blubbering…

    • spatula6554

      I am laughing so hard that water is blowing out my blowhole!

  • aastrovan

    Did you Sushi that?

  • jeepjeff

    I think this may be part of the origin story of Super Meat Boy.

  • craigsu

    I am amazed that no one thought to hook a very long cable around the fluke and tow the bloody whale out to sea.

    • CaptianNemo2001

      It was rotten to the core.

  • tiberiusẅisë

    Oh, I don't like this at all.

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