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Oregon man behind decision to blow up whale dies
Associated Press ^ | 10/31/13 | JEFF BARNARD

Posted on 10/31/2013 5:41:43 PM PDT by oxcart

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon highway engineer who blew up a dead beached whale with a half-ton of dynamite in 1970 has died at the age of 84.

George Thomas Thornton gained national attention over the exploding whale, and the act endured for decades thanks to a video that shows giant pieces of whale carcass splattering across the beach and spectators.

Thornton got the call Nov. 12, 1970 to remove a 45-foot-long sperm whale estimated to weigh 8 tons that had washed up near Florence, and had started to stink. At the time, the state Highway Division had jurisdiction over beaches, said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton. Thornton was a highly respected engineer who worked 37 years at the agency, he said.

Thornton had refused to talk about the exploding whale for many years, once remarking that every time he did, "it blew up in my face."

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dynamite; marinebiology; obituary; oregon; whale

1 posted on 10/31/2013 5:41:43 PM PDT by oxcart
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To: oxcart

RIP, you made us laugh.


2 posted on 10/31/2013 5:45:11 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: oxcart; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

If only a marine biologist got there before the big fella died.


3 posted on 10/31/2013 5:45:45 PM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: oxcart

RIP, Mr. Thornton.

For those not familiar with it, here’s a video from KATU, Portland, OR - the local ABC affiliate - broadcast in 2012. The video is in it’s entirety.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_696072&feature=iv&src_vid=xBgThvB_IDQ&v=uD5sPgV61bw#t=43s


4 posted on 10/31/2013 5:46:52 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: oxcart

Man I can only dream of being remembered for something like that.

My tombstone would say “It blowed up real good”.


5 posted on 10/31/2013 5:47:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: oxcart

One of the great “Hold muh beer and watch this” followed by an “Oh Sh*t!!!!!!!” moments in Northwest history.

People here still talk about it every time a whale washes ashore.


6 posted on 10/31/2013 5:47:49 PM PDT by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: Gamecock

Is that a Titleist?


7 posted on 10/31/2013 5:48:37 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: oxcart
The Exploding Whale.com

Apparently there are a bunch of exploding whale vids.

8 posted on 10/31/2013 5:48:57 PM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Important part is at 2:42.


9 posted on 10/31/2013 5:50:14 PM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Gamecock

Unreal, they even have a logo.
Great post!


10 posted on 10/31/2013 5:50:27 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: llevrok

Ya what me to get rid of the cow?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4TtyN7igxM

I really miss that show


11 posted on 10/31/2013 5:52:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: oxcart

Karma is a bitch.


12 posted on 10/31/2013 5:52:22 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Gamecock

13 posted on 10/31/2013 5:56:31 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: llevrok

Every man instinctively knows there are few problems can not fixed by high explosives.


14 posted on 10/31/2013 5:58:52 PM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
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To: volunbeer

If it moves, put duct tape on it. If it doesn’t move, spray it with WD-40. If that doesn’t fix it, then blow it up.


15 posted on 10/31/2013 6:03:35 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: cripplecreek
My tombstone would say “It blowed up real good”.

That's right up there with "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

16 posted on 10/31/2013 6:07:16 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: cripplecreek

i have a relative that for years has always done a few sticks sunrise salute on the fourth of july in their sparsely populated valley but one year he got a little close to “town” and blew out ever window in the older house on my dads place


17 posted on 10/31/2013 6:22:31 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Thanks for the vid


18 posted on 10/31/2013 6:26:37 PM PDT by oxcart (Journalism [sic])
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To: volunbeer
Every man instinctively knows there are few problems can not fixed by high explosives.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQKWn6oPj-c

19 posted on 10/31/2013 6:33:14 PM PDT by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: volunbeer

Every man instinctively knows there are few problems can not fixed by high explosives.


Or, as we say in Oklahoma, “If you can’t fix it with a hammer, it must be an electrical problem.”


20 posted on 10/31/2013 6:41:53 PM PDT by AFret. ("Charlie don't surf ! ")
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To: oxcart

Government at work. A lot of noise, a crushed car, some broken glass, and the whale’s corpse is still on the beach.


21 posted on 10/31/2013 7:11:00 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: oxcart

Two thumbs up !!!!! ;) Wouldn’t happen today die to the peta activist !


22 posted on 10/31/2013 7:48:47 PM PDT by CORedneck
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