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This really happened. Photographs were taken of the two men while their radiation became acute. Those photographs are still somewhere in the Department of Energy files.
1 posted on 07/25/2009 11:40:45 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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Photo of the "Demon Core".
2 posted on 07/25/2009 11:46:01 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld (A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone-Henry Kissinger)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Tickling the dragon can be hazardous to one's health.
3 posted on 07/25/2009 11:46:07 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: sonofstrangelove

It’s a shame...

but he did to himself.

If he didn’t screw up, he would be alive.


7 posted on 07/25/2009 11:53:44 PM PDT by Nitro
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To: sonofstrangelove

Picture of Daghlian's hand.

10 posted on 07/26/2009 12:27:04 AM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: sonofstrangelove

Thanks for posting this.

I had not heard of this fascinating bit of nuclear history.


12 posted on 07/26/2009 12:41:53 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Been to Trinity... it’s awesome, even though there’s hardly anything there. You’re standing right at the spot where that first atomic bomb blew up... It’s on part of the White Sands Missile Range and is only open two days a year, for a few hours for each of those two days.

I think there’s only been about 50,000 or so people in the U.S. who have visited the site since that time.


14 posted on 07/26/2009 12:46:03 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

for all those that laugh at the chinese, russians, and various middle eastern countries... just remember how 'primitive' our setups were that produced hiroshima and the arsenal we have today.

20 posted on 07/26/2009 1:22:09 AM PDT by sten
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To: sonofstrangelove

If any Freepers ever worked at West Fort Hood when it was an atomic storage facility known as as “Site Baker” or “Killeen Base,” it would be great to read any of your recollections of that place that you might be willing to share. Surely your pledges of secrecy are outdated now that the purpose of the site is generally known.


29 posted on 07/26/2009 3:42:31 AM PDT by olrtex
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To: sonofstrangelove

So am I reading this correctly? A piece of tungsten hitting into a piece of plutonium will cause a critical nuclear reaction?! What’s to keep terrorists from doing this today?


30 posted on 07/26/2009 4:37:51 AM PDT by MrDem (From Morning in America to Mourning in America...)
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To: sonofstrangelove; donmeaker

The film “Fat Man and Little Boy” (1989) contains a scene based on these incidents:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G422z8pDn4


34 posted on 07/26/2009 9:15:59 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Tickling the dragon's tail. At Los Alamos, Slotin's duties consisted of dangerous criticality testing, first with uranium in Otto Robert Frisch's experiments, and later with plutonium cores. Criticality testing involved bringing masses of fissile materials to near-critical levels in order to establish their critical mass values.[8] Scientists referred to this flirting with the possibility of a nuclear chain reaction as "tickling the dragon's tail," based on a remark by physicist Richard Feynman who compared the experiments to "tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon".[9][10] On July 16, 1945, Slotin assembled the core for Trinity, the first detonated atomic bomb. He became known as the "chief armourer of the United States" for his expertise in assembling nuclear weapons.[11] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Slotin
39 posted on 07/26/2009 10:07:40 AM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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