A Complete History Of US Nuclear Explosions In 90 Seconds

On July 16, 1945, the US Army destroyed a small part of New Mexico by testing the first nuclear bomb in human history, the most powerful weapon of all time. It then proceeded to blow up 1054 more.

All of these detonations were part of separate operations, given cute code names like Wigwam and Teapot — hundreds of bombs were blown up across Pacific islands, Nevada, New Mexico, and beyond. The Army had to blow up so many to make sure they'd blow up in Moscow, when and where it counted.

Above is a sample from every single recorded test conducted by the US, until these tests were banned by international treaty in 1963. Then we just started doing them underground, instead.

As a new year is about to hit, let's be glad the world doesn't concern itself with this stuff as much. An ever so slightly less terrifying world. Better to waste money on the F-22 than on nuclear bombs, if the money absolutely has to be wasted.


Comments

    What is the name of the soundtrack to this brilliant video? It's doing my head in! It's just right on the tip of my tongue.

    The melody you are hearing is "Trois Gymnopedies" by Erik Satie

    If you've got Foxtel you'll have heard it plenty

    One of the tracks they play in the Planner (repeated on Lounge Air Active) samples it heavily

    Very cool to kick back in the dark, on the couch, after smoking a few

    ;-)

    I think these are a bit inaccurate.
    The video has Teapot as a 167 megaton monster but it looks like just a small puff compared to some of the others. Subsequent Wikipedia investigations tell me that particular blast (1 of 14 in the project) was only 22 kt.
    It can't be that hard to do a little accurate research before going to the trouble of editing a video together can it?

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