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Comment count is 22
Roachbud - 2007-09-19

The only reason they made bombs this big was because they couldn't keep up with the USA's missle accuracy


takewithfood - 2007-09-19

Some fraction of the motivation had to be "Dude, how cool would that be?"


Bone_Vulture - 2007-09-19

Quite possible. "Our ICBM's can't hit shit, so we'll just fry half your state".

or...

In Soviet Russia, bomb drops YOU!


Xenocide - 2007-09-19

Perhaps, but I'm sure part of the reason was because "better accuracy" just doesn't make look as good in a propaganda film as "GIGANTIC FUCKING EXPLOSION HOLY SHIT."


Repomancer - 2007-09-19

Bombs this big are useless militarily.


SolRo - 2007-09-19

Unless you, like, drop one on an enemy city.


glasseye - 2007-09-19

This particular bomb was dropped from a specially modified bomber, and had the yield *reduced* so that the bomber crew would have a chance of escaping. It was way too huge for an ICBM.

The original design was about twice as powerful (~100 MT instead of 50.) Several of the stages were replaced with lead to limit the power of the bomb.

It was one mean motherfucker.


Repomancer - 2011-04-22

At the insistence of Andrei Sakharov, who was starting to have second thoughts about the whole thing, the bomb was built with a pusher/tamper made from (I believe) tungsten carbide instead of U-238. U-238 won't sustain a chain reaction but will fission given a high enough neutron flux; that was what reduced the yield to 50 MT.


HURF BLURF DUH - 2007-09-19

I am become death etc.


Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2007-09-19

3rd degree burns 100km away :O


kiint - 2007-09-19

Vashé zdorov'ye! :)


Caminante Nocturno - 2007-09-19

THIRD IMPACT?!


Keefu - 2007-09-19

Congratulations, shinji, congratulations.


x - 2007-09-19

Promises, promises....


shadyj - 2007-09-19

It's Beautiful


Ersatz - 2007-09-19

We are fearing a Doomsday Device gap!


Udderdude - 2007-09-19

Blew up real good.


Konversekid - 2007-09-19

It is not that they are militarily useless, it is more that they are so disgustingly immoral.


Jeff Fries - 2007-09-19

Close your eyes Marion, don't look at it.


Evilhead - 2007-11-12

Created as much energy as 1% of the Sun. God. Damn.


1394 - 2008-05-13

Sweet commentary.


Chalkdust - 2009-05-03

big bada-boom


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