Skip to comments.The Ten Most Bizarre Ideas For Using Nuclear Weapons
Posted on 05/20/2014 11:29:20 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
When you're a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. And if you have several thousand nuclear warheads just lying around, it seems a shame not to put them to good use. Here are ten of the most bizarre proposals for nuclear bomb use over the decades.
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I have a not-so-bizarre idea for how to use about six of them. See if you can guess what it is.
Didn’t the Soviets or Eat Germans use nukes for earth works, back in the day?
Is “reducing the worldwide Muslim threat” one of them?
Basically, they were going bottom dredge using nukes.
What about intercepting an asteroid and destroying it in space before it collides with the earth.
Is this a slideshow? If so, not worth the click.
Why not just use them first and THEN figure out the best way to exploit the holes? I’m thinking of a really massive glass skateboard park right around Mecca...
It was a the Soviets, to seal a well gone wild, if I recall correctly...
Anyway, that was the rumor...
The Eat Germans, never ate much of anything....lol
Holy guacamole! Nicaragua
One meant to explode over a southern city during an EMP drill.
You almost got stuned in Tiajunna with a beeber-like devise.
11. Detonate several nuclear devices at various points around the globe in order to increase the amount of particulate matter in the stratosphere and thereby help reduce global warming.
“What about intercepting an asteroid and destroying it in space before it collides with the earth.”
We no longer possess a rocket with sufficient umph to get out far enough. Also, the thing that makes them so useful for destroying things is the atmosphere. With only vacuum you’d actually have to dig a hole in the asteroid. Then, you’d need a big enough nuke to blow the debris really far away or it would all hit in roughly the same spot anyway. X billion tons of rock hitting in lots of places will be just as bad or worse than the same x billion tons hitting in one spot. (Also, I think Bruce Willis is too old to pull this off. As are all the other “action” stars. So, we have nobody to do it.)
“”Project Chariot” was the code name the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) gave to a 1958 plan to create an instant harbor on the coast of Alaska by detonating thermonuclear bombs.”
Yep, if there is one thing Alaska lacks is harbors on its 7,000 mile coastline.
That’s funny raht dere...
11) Home self defense.
All together, the Program 7 conducted 115 nuclear explosions. Among them:
39 explosions for the purpose of geological exploration (trying to find new natural gas deposits by studying seismic waves produced by small nuclear explosions)
25 explosions for intensification of oil and gas debits
22 explosions for creating underground storage for natural gas
5 explosions for extinguishing large natural gas fountains
4 explosions for creating channels and dams (including the Chagan test in Kazakhstan, and the Taiga test on the potential route of the Pechora-Kama Canal)
2 explosions for crushing ore in open-pit mines
2 explosions for creating underground storage for toxic wastes
1 explosion to facilitate coal mining in an underground mine 19 explosions were performed for research purposes (studying possible migration of the radioactivity from the place of the explosions).
These explosions were financed by various ministries: 51 explosions were financed by the Ministry for Geology, 26 explosions were financed by the Ministry for Natural Gas, 13 explosions were financed by the Ministry for Oil, 19 explosions were financed by the MinSredMash itself (the predecessor of the Federal Atomic Energy Agency). There were two large explosions of 140 kilotons and 105 kilotons; all others were relatively small with an average yield of 12.5 kilotons. For example, one 30 kiloton explosion was used to close the Uzbekistan Urtabulak gas well in 1966 that had been blowing since 1963, and a few months later a 47 kiloton explosive was used to seal a higher pressure blowout at the nearby Pamuk gas field, successful experiments later cited as possible precedents for stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The last nuclear explosion by the Program 7, codenamed Rubin-1 was performed in Arkhangelsk oblast on September 6, 1988. The explosion was a part of a seismic program for geological exploration. The Soviets agreed to stop their PNE program at the end of 1988 as a result of then president Mikhail Gorbachev's disarmament initiative.
There are proponents for continuing the PNE programs in modern Russia. They (e.g. A. Koldobsky) state that the program has already paid for itself and saved the USSR billions of rubles and can save even more if it would continue. They also allege that the PNE is the only feasible way to put out large fountains and fires on natural gas deposits, and it is the safest and most economically viable way to destroy chemical weapons.
I was wondering about that myself.
When I was in the S-2 Shop on a slow day, the BDE CO came in and we were engaged with geopolitical solutions when the COL asked me how I could solve "the muslim terrorist problem".
I replied that we use all of our nukes to eradicate the muslims, we would acheieve our goals all the while making the Lieberals very happy due to us 1) Getting rid of our nukes, 2) Solving global warming (due to nuclear winter), and 3) 1 Billion person population reduction as the UN wants.
He signed my promotion paperwork soon after and we all had a bunch of laughs.
“We no longer possess a rocket with sufficient umph to get out far enough. “
Add more solar panels!
ROTFLMAO! Love it! Follow up Operation Burnt Camel!?
Sure, change it back after I figure out how to pronounce it...
Cold Heat, you are the man!
Nuking Mecca would do a good thing for the world. I’m serious.
I’ve wondered about that explanation. If you compare one large asteroid vs. a million small ones it seems to me that the small ones would be preferable. As an example, throw a two inch cube of pine into a fireplace and it’ll bounce off the burning logs. Throw a similar weight of pine sawdust into a fireplace and a good bit of it will burn before hitting anything very hard. I think moving the asteroid would obviously be preferable but, failing that, turning it into a million pebbles, each with its own, slightly unique trajectory, might be a decent fallback
This was done for real 200 miles over Johnston Island.
It effected power grids in Hawaii.
It would probably take out Hawaiian cell phones for sure if done today.
The scary part that this is what our government thinks up (in their spare time, when they aren’t playing computer games).
The sun can take out cell phones also.
I won’t argue with you. But imagine we’re talking about a small moon. No matter how small the smaller pieces are, they’re still the size of mountains. But, you may be right about really small rocks, say, the size of aircraft carriers or Mt. Everest.
Fortunately, the universe is a mercifully big place. The planets seemed to have vacuumed up the bigger rocks long, long ago. But there will be the odd rogue along about every 65,000,000 years or so. Say, when was the last really big rock?
It is funny how few of the USSR tests ever get talked about.
I was surprised the that the only LIVE ICBM test was an SS18 and a +1MT warhead.
We launched a live sub missile but the warhead and range was much less.
The Plowshares program...
I believe I recall the old Soviet Union actually experimenting with some nuclear civil engineering...that would have been an interesting degree.
Maybe somebody could renew the idea and use surplus H-bombs to dredge canals throughout the middle east so the desert could be irrigated and more trees could grow to capture carbon and thereby save the earth from global warming.
“I have a not-so-bizarre idea for how to use about six of them. See if you can guess what it is.”
01. ) Washington, D.C.
02. ) San Francisco
03. ) Hollyweird
04. ) Chicago
05. ) New York City
06. ) New Orelans
How did I do? ;-)
It was a three year old natural gas leak in 1963. Here's RT in 2010 discussing whether the method could be used to stop the BP leak.
In 1962, we conducted a rather famous live missile test, Starfish Prime. It was a 1.4mt W49 warhead carried to an altitude of 250 miles over the Pacific by a Thor missile.
As seen from Honolulu
841 miles from ground zero
What was interesting about the blast was its unexpectedly large electromagnetic pulse. According to the Wikipedia,
The EMP observed at the Apia Observatory at Samoa was four times more powerful than any created by solar storms, while in July 1962 the Starfish Prime test damaged electronics in Honolulu and New Zealand (approximately 1,300 kilometers away), fused 300 street lights on Oahu (Hawaii), set off about 100 burglar alarms, and caused the failure of a microwave repeating station on Kauai, which cut off the sturdy telephone system from the other Hawaiian islands.
Radiation belts it left behind in space also knocked out several early communications satellites.
Back in those days, electronic gear was mostly vacuum tubes and discrete semiconductors. These are more resistant to EMP than today's microelectronics.
I remember a Project Plowshares idea to use nuclear weapons to excavate a new sea level Panama canal.
The day the High Altitude Test Ban Treaty was signed, which was hastened along by the Soviets, was the day BEFORE Project Orion was to be launched!!!
It would have worked. It was to be launched out beyond the dark side of the Moon, before engaging the system. But, the Soviets have been doing lunar research, on the dark side of the Moon, so they pitched a fit.
This engine, was the first attempt at what would become “acceptable science fiction”, as ‘impulse power’.
Since I have one son who commutes to work in Manhattan and another son and daughter-in-law who live and work in D.C., one third of that proposal doesn't thrill me too much.
We had the same plan to cut through the mountaind between CA and NV in the 50’s. The project was approved but left unfunded, as we entered a cold war frenzy.
“Since I have one son who commutes to work in Manhattan and another son and daughter-in-law who live and work in D.C., one third of that proposal doesn’t thrill me too much.”
Ah, well.....there is always collateral damage. It can’t be avoided. LOL
What about intercepting an asteroid and destroying it in space before it collides with the earth.
We no longer possess a rocket with sufficient umph to get out far enough.
Build one. Project_Orion
“Build one. Project_Orion “
Given our present regime and the new NASA it would need to be called Project Mohamed.
I forgot about Starfish!
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