When this starts blaring, you know you’re going to have a bad day.
The Titan Missile Museum is located in “nearby” Tucson, AZ. I should take a weekend trip out to visit one of these days.
In the 1970s and 80s, crews sat at constant readiness in nuclear missile silos buried in the Arizona desert. What would have happened if they had got the order to launch?
Just in case…Keep calm and broadcast on.
If you ever want to see how real it could have gotten, go back and watch The War Game (1965), When The Wind Blows (1986), Threads (1984), and–for the US side of the devastation–The Day After (1983).
The BBC has revealed plans drawn up in the Cold War on how it planned to operate from 11 underground bunkers across the country in the event of a nuclear strike.
TIL: If The Bomb drops, canned beer will be safe to drink, and might be your most reliable source of clean water.
Things seem a bit grim? Don’t despair. If the nukes do fall, and you survive, you can probably still crack that beer.
With the right telescope and a lot of luck
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto created the animation below to display the number of nuclear explosions that went off between 1945 and 1998: a staggering 2,053. Beginning with the Manhattan Project’s first nuclear device detonated near Los Alamos, New Mexico, the number of explosions starts slowly at first and then quickly speeds up right through to Pakistan’s own nuclear tests in 1998.
Happy Trinity Day? Happy Boomsday?
Source: The First Light of Trinity