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Italian firm goes nuclear with atomic toys
MSNBC ^ | Updated: 9:02 a.m. ET Feb. 24, 2006 | By Roland Jones

Posted on 02/24/2006 12:21:07 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque

Those of us who enjoy military history usually just switch on the History Channel for our daily fix of guts, gore and armed conflict. But if you’re a serious war buff, and you want to relive one of the most horrifying moments in the deadliest war in human history, an Italian toy maker has just the thing.

Brumm recently unveiled miniature models of “Little Boy” and “Fat Man.” Those names may conjure up images of cuddly cartoon characters, but they’re actually the codenames for two atomic bombs that the U.S. military dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the final days of World War II.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: atom; atombomb; atomic; atomicbomb; bomb; fatboy; fatman; hiroshima; littleboy; littleman; nagasaki; nuclear; nuke; nukes; nukular; wwii
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Yes, pMSNBC sucks, but I want one of each!
1 posted on 02/24/2006 12:21:08 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

The National Atomic Museum in NM used to sell Fat Man and Little Boy earings. They pulled them when a Japanese tour bus showed up....


Mrs. Slim has a pair.


2 posted on 02/24/2006 12:22:35 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Welcome to FR. This story does not belong in "Breaking News"


3 posted on 02/24/2006 12:23:11 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Does it come in a large sized turbin?


4 posted on 02/24/2006 12:23:16 PM PST by King Moonracer (All your exploding-head-deities are belong to us!)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Breaking news?


5 posted on 02/24/2006 12:23:30 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque; sure_fine; Admin Moderator

Ooooops, got the names wrong:

FATBOY; LITTLEMAN

should be

'Little Boy' and 'Fat Man'

Admin Moderator: can you pls fix them in keywords. Sorry 'bout that.


6 posted on 02/24/2006 12:24:14 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

I want 'em to, to go along with the M1911 .45 and M1 Garand in my collection of WWII tools.

Few other weapons in history can be said to have taught a foe a useful lesson.


7 posted on 02/24/2006 12:24:53 PM PST by Redbob
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To: King Moonracer

Both should, IMO.


8 posted on 02/24/2006 12:26:32 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I'd love to get Mrs Bisque a pair of them, too.


9 posted on 02/24/2006 12:27:23 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

10 posted on 02/24/2006 12:28:05 PM PST by M203M4
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To: Alter Kaker; presidio9

Where should I ask the AM to re-post it? Sorry, only my second article post... I'm trying to be a better FReeper.


11 posted on 02/24/2006 12:28:40 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: Alter Kaker; All
Brumm toy bombs
12 posted on 02/24/2006 12:28:59 PM PST by underwiredsupport (...for the shape of things to come!)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

I only got a pair after they were pulled from sale by knowing some of the old nuke test guys who volunteer at the place.


13 posted on 02/24/2006 12:29:00 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Redbob

Big Amen to that, R.


14 posted on 02/24/2006 12:29:13 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque; Admin Moderator

Chat is probably the place.


15 posted on 02/24/2006 12:29:41 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: M203M4

Thanks for posting the pic.


16 posted on 02/24/2006 12:29:48 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

CHE COSA ACCADONO?
QUALCUNO LI HA INSTALLATI LA BOMBA.


17 posted on 02/24/2006 12:31:38 PM PST by RichInOC (CHE COSA DITE!!)
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To: RichInOC

What you said, R. Sure thing.


18 posted on 02/24/2006 12:33:30 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Mrs. Slim has a pair.

I wish all Republicans did.

19 posted on 02/24/2006 12:33:50 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (E)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Kewl, I'd like one to go on the dash of my car.
I wonder if you can take them apart, maybe scale up the
innards?

Hand me that block of enriched uranium, will you hon,
I'll just chuck it up in my Unimat and uh hold my beer will
ya.....


20 posted on 02/24/2006 12:33:55 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Kewl! Who will be selling them in the U.S.?


21 posted on 02/24/2006 12:34:36 PM PST by Clioman
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To: ClearCase_guy

Hey!


22 posted on 02/24/2006 12:35:08 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: underwiredsupport

I hope these are not the models colors.


23 posted on 02/24/2006 12:35:39 PM PST by Pontiac (Ignorance of the law is no excuse, ignorance of your rights can be fatal.)
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To: tet68

I'd like one for a hood ornament on my Jeep. Remember the Pontiac Chieftain (or something) back in the 50s, which had the hood ornament that lit up at night?


24 posted on 02/24/2006 12:35:54 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

No problem. Just that FR is often the first place to find things and many people only use it for the breaking news. A good rule of thumb is to never post to breaking news unless it's "Jesus Returns" or "Deathstar Reported in Earth Orbit." If it is truely "breaking news" somebody else will move it.

BTW, I know we just had this conversation privately. This response is for Tijeras_Slim and other newbie lurkers.


25 posted on 02/24/2006 12:38:45 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

It's probably a good idea at this point to confess my ongoing weakness for jokes involving Zero Wing schtick.


26 posted on 02/24/2006 12:39:30 PM PST by RichInOC (TUTTA LA VOSTRA BASE Č APPARTIENE A NOI. HA HA HA HA....)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque
Alas, nearly 90 percent of Americans can't name the four presidential faces carved into the monument.

This is why our government has strayed so far from what the Founders intended. They don't teach this stuff in school anymore. God help us, but we don't even know who we are anymore.
27 posted on 02/24/2006 12:39:48 PM PST by JamesP81
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To: Pontiac; All

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28 posted on 02/24/2006 12:41:44 PM PST by underwiredsupport (...for the shape of things to come!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Mrs. Slim has a pair.

As does Mrs. Jest. Which she has been known to wear once or twice during the month of August.

29 posted on 02/24/2006 12:41:50 PM PST by surely_you_jest
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To: Clioman

The article mentions Brumm as the manufacturer. Her's a link to some of their products:

http://www.motorsportcollector.com/MODbrumm.html


30 posted on 02/24/2006 12:47:03 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Cool!


31 posted on 02/24/2006 12:55:18 PM PST by pabianice (contact ebay??)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque
The bombs were detonated above the Japanese cities in August 1945, killing tens of thousands of Japanese civilians, and thousands more would later die as a result of nuclear fallout and from cancer.

Strange. No mention of the tens of thousands of Japanese troops also killed... /sarcasm

32 posted on 02/24/2006 12:57:05 PM PST by pabianice (contact ebay??)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

They're 1:43 scale. Why in the world did they pick 1:43? They aren't the same scale as anything that I've ever built. I've built planes in 1:32, 1:35, 1:48, 1:72, but never even SEEN anything in 1:43.

Dumb.


33 posted on 02/24/2006 12:58:15 PM PST by wyattearp (The best weapon to have in a gunfight is a shotgun - preferably from ambush.)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque
Not surprisingly, Brumm has been roundly condemned for making the atomic toys. Critics say they are in poor taste,

A Brumm spokesman said the company was only trying to do its bit for world history, protesting “against the insanity of nuclear-war” according to a report in the U.K.’s Scottish Daily Record.

What people (especially liberals) fail to appreciate about nuclear weapons is that nuclear weapons have more than likely prevented the deaths of uncounted millions by deterring the expansion of Communism and by preventing a war between the Soviet Union and the United States that undoubtedly would have shortly followed WW II.

Nuclear weapons are presently preventing war between Pakistan and India also between Israel and the rest of the Middle East.

Yes Nuclear war would be insane and that is exactly why Nuclear Weapons are so effective in preventing war. Only an insane people would ever chance initiating one.

Nuclear weapons are the only truly the most moral weapons ever produced.

34 posted on 02/24/2006 12:58:54 PM PST by Pontiac (Ignorance of the law is no excuse, ignorance of your rights can be fatal.)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque
“With the faithful scale reproductions of ‘Fat Man’ and ‘Little Boy,’ we plan to provide a small historical contribution so as not to forget what generated the worst catastrophe of the twentieth century.”

More left-wing codswallop. Actually, these two bombs ended the worst catastrophe of the twentieth century.

35 posted on 02/24/2006 1:01:51 PM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: JamesP81

Spot on, J. In the 50s and early 60s, we were immersed in American History which is almost gone from the schools' cirriculum, these days.


36 posted on 02/24/2006 1:04:09 PM PST by butternut_squash_bisque (Borders, Language, Culture™)
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To: underwiredsupport
This is the model I want.

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37 posted on 02/24/2006 1:05:26 PM PST by Pontiac (Ignorance of the law is no excuse, ignorance of your rights can be fatal.)
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To: Pontiac
Nuclear weapons are the only truly the most moral weapons ever produced.

I would venture to say that no weapon is possessed of any morality, good or bad. It is the use to which the weapon is put, and more precisely, the men who decide that use, that imputes the moral cast.

38 posted on 02/24/2006 1:06:33 PM PST by IronJack
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To: Cincinatus

>>Actually, these two bombs ended the worst catastrophe of the twentieth century.

Actually, I think it would be pretty hard to argue that these bombs ends Soviet Communism, which was responsible for the deaths of over 60 million souls.

They did keep it from expanding and taking more, though, as someone has already noted.


39 posted on 02/24/2006 1:08:55 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: FreedomPoster

/ends/ended/


40 posted on 02/24/2006 1:09:25 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

File under "Blowed Up Real Good!"


41 posted on 02/24/2006 1:12:36 PM PST by VOA
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To: IronJack
It is the use to which the weapon is put,

Well put. To date, I would say nuclear weapons have been more morally used than any weapon previously.

42 posted on 02/24/2006 1:13:07 PM PST by Pontiac (Ignorance of the law is no excuse, ignorance of your rights can be fatal.)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque
>>>The bombs were detonated above the Japanese cities in August 1945, killing tens of thousands of Japanese civilians, and thousands more would later die as a result of nuclear fallout and from cancer. Just in case the gross insensitivity of their new products went unnoticed, Brumm chose to unveil its mini bombs earlier this month at of all places the Nuremberg toy fair in Germany.

Gross insensitivity?

THIS is gross insensitivity!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/1521072/posts
Unit 731 - Research and Bump List. Gets Disturbing, Read at Your Own Risk

43 posted on 02/24/2006 1:19:27 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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In the 50s and early 60s, we were immersed in American History which is almost gone from the schools' cirriculum, these days.

Yes, and some of us are old enough to remember that there was a German u-boat on its way to Japan when the war ended. They had a load of U-234 uranium oxide onboard to be used in the Japanese dirty bomb attack on San Francisco. The Japanese aircraft and subs were alrady in place awaiting the u-234 arrival when we dropped the bomb. We missed getting nuked by two weeks.
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44 posted on 02/24/2006 1:30:18 PM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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Here is my email to the writer of the article.

Your article on the bombs was hillarious. What a surprise to find out that a big city metrosexual working for a large media outlet cannot write a news article with a nuetral theme on this subject. Your bias runs so deep, you guys now flaunt it and try to impress your friends. If you think The History Channel is all gore and guts, and you don't think the bombs could possibly represent all the lives saved by using them, then God bless the sugar in your pants. If you can read this email, thank a teacher, if you can read it in english, thank a WWII veteran. I hope your bosses and friends are going to throw you a party for this awesome article. Keep on truckin'.

45 posted on 02/24/2006 1:33:02 PM PST by freeplancer
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To: butternut_squash_bisque
cool... I want iterations for the homestead... a deceased uncle was a Pearl Harbor survivor.

I worked at a Japanese-owned firm a few years ago... the most I would push the envelope would be to wear a red-white-blue tie on Dec. 7. There's no way I would have brought one of those toys to work.

While on the subject, I think it is about time to revive the U.S. stamp that never was (the mushroom cloud U.S. stamp that depicted the near-end of WWII). A few years ago I picked up one of these "stamps" at the Atomic Museum (New Mexico) - it was never marked "U.S.A." nor with a price denomination - the politically correct folk back in the 90s put pressure on the USPS to can the offering.

46 posted on 02/24/2006 1:38:35 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque
There were some very beautiful ones back in the thirties, Rene Lalique make some fantastic blown glass ones, in particular I remember one that was a Butterfly, that had a light under the hood and a color wheel so that it changed colors as you drove, changed faster as you sped up too.

ENJOY!

Imagine that with red white and blue flashing under it!


47 posted on 02/24/2006 2:09:04 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: pabianice

Or that conventional bombing raids killed hundreds of thousands a night.


48 posted on 02/24/2006 2:14:10 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Man check out this Cobra model, $499 but worth every
penny!

http://www.motorsportcollector.com/GMPCobra.html


49 posted on 02/24/2006 2:16:17 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: freeplancer
"Here is my email to the writer of the article."

I miss Lewis Grizzard and the insights of his columns....when commenting on matters of international relations and foreign policy, he'd frequently invoke the line...

"Crank up the Enola Gay!"

50 posted on 02/24/2006 2:18:41 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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