Atomic Hangovers

The House in the Middle

In 1954, the National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association and the National Clean Up – Paint Up – Fix Up Bureau got together with the Federal Civil Defense Administration to produce this propaganda gem. Model houses were built in the desert and exposed to atomic blasts to show the effect of the heat from those explosions on the common home. The narrator questions, “What do these tests prove?” Then he kindly provides the answer–“Many things!” If you practice good houskeeping–civil defense housekeeping–like a clean yard and a fresh coat of paint (or two), your home just might survive an atomic last without getting burned to a crisp!

The National Archives gives this description:

Atomic tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds (later the Nevada Test Site) show effects on well-kept homes, homes filled with trash and combustibles, and homes painted with reflective white paint. Asserts that cleanliness is an essential part of civil defense preparedness and that it increased survivability. Selected for the 2002 National Film Registry of “artistically, culturally, and socially significant” films.

Hit the jump and take a look at just what you can do today for a safer and better prepared tomorrow!

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Atomic Wonderland: Sitting Ducks

In 1957 the US Air Force conducted a high altititude test of a low-yield atomic weapon. This test was not that different than much of the other atomic testing occuring at that time, except that 6 individuals–5 volunteers and one photographer–were standing directly underneath the blast in order to prove how ‘safe’ these weapons were. Thanks to the ever thorough US government, there is video of the test and the reactions of these fine gentlemen.

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No More Bad Decisions; No More Fun

As any self-respecting technogeek would, I enjoy drinking. Sometimes, I enjoy it a lot. My wife calls this “too much”. And she sends me links to stuff like this article from the Daily Mail that talks about a drug that is moving into human trials that has been shown to allow rats to […]

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Musical Interlude: Stephen Hawking Has The Moves Like Jagger

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I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it does conjure up an amusing mental picture.

Some very odd young man has created a robot band. And they’re improving. And they have a plan.

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Hiding Under Your Shell: Duck and Cover

Do what it says or who knows what will happen to you

Listen children when you see the flash remember to Duck and Cover. Civil Defense wants to remind you that even with the fear of the atomic bomb all you have to do is put your head between your knees and wait it out.


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Turning Swords Into Plowshares

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This is NOT the moon

“The nuclear explosions can be used to blast harbours in otherwise inaccessible coasts, to engage in the great art of what I want to call geographical engineering – to reshape the land to your pleasure and indeed to break up the rocks and make them yield up their riches” – Edward Teller

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Controlling Your Irritation

Ah, back in the days when traffic control markers actually worked…

As you may have noticed, there was no Startup this morning. This is due entirely to me falling asleep in my computer chair last night after a failed experiment. I thought I would have no problem driving for ten hours, catching a […]

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In case you missed it


Yesterday, commentator extraordinair OA5599 left us this juicy little tidbit in response to Friday’s post “Plasma Tweeters”.

<stunned silence>

The force is strong in this one…