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Insane nuclear weapons: nuclear torpedo, and nuking the moon!

exclamation-Project A119, conceived before the Apollo landings, was ostensibly created for “science.” There’s no real science purpose to nuking the moon, though, so it’s kind of obvious what it was really about. Also, they intended to blow up the nuke on the Moon’s horizon, for maximum visibility from Earth.

 For science.

The Five Most Insane Nuclear Delivery Systems Jaolpnik MICHAEL BALLABAN, 14 July 13  “……The Nuclear Torpedo   Quick! Doomsday is upon us! The only way to save our cities is to get rid of all the enemy subs! Both the East and the West made nuclear torpedoes that survived in service into at least the 1970s. That’s not such a bad idea if you really want to sink something, but nukes aren’t something you just want to be using all willy-nilly. As torpedoes had the nasty habit of sometimes escaping from their tubes, this necessitated a two-step process for their use.

The Nuclear Torpedo Declassified U.S. Nuclear Test Film #46

First, the torpedo would be fired, and then a second button would be pushed to detonate it. This meant you would need a wire to connect the original sub and the newly-fired torpedo.

Nothing wrong with that, right? Just get a really long wire. And then you realize how a “really long wire” is still too short for you to get away.

The American Mark 45 torpedo had a really long wire, but even at its longest it was only eight miles in length. Even if you sunk somebody, with an 11 kiloton warhead on board, you were bound to go down to the bottom with them. http://jalopnik.com/the-five-most-insane-nuclear-delivery-systems-768180979

Project A119 

Alright, so this isn’t about blowing up something really close, but blowing up something really far. But it’s still absolutely nutty.P Let’s be honest. The Cold War wasn’t so much fought over differing economic ideologies. That would be silly. As annoying as his economic policies are, I’ve never seen Ben Stein beaten up by Paul Krugman. No, the Cold War was about who was best, and who was biggest.

The only way to prove this is to threaten to beat each other up. But how could you make sure the other guy knew you really meant it? Like “oh boy he must really mean business.”

Easy – you come up with the silliest plan humanly possible.

You nuke THE MOON.

Project A119, conceived before the Apollo landings, was ostensibly created for “science.” There’s no real science purpose to nuking the moon, though, so it’s kind of obvious what it was really about. Also, they intended to blow up the nuke on the Moon’s horizon, for maximum visibility from Earth.

 For science.

Just one question. During the Cold War, did everybody absolutely lose their minds? http://jalopnik.com/the-five-most-insane-nuclear-delivery-systems-768180979

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July 15, 2013 - Posted by | history, Reference, technology, weapons and war

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