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Big Bomba

November 2, 2011

Speaking of nuclear weapons, and how anachronistic they are, we have just passed the 50th anniversary of the most powerful nuke ever exploded: the Soviet Union’s 58-megaton, “Big Ivan,” hydrogen bomb. It was tested off Nova Zemlya on Oct. 30, 1961, and its force was equal to TEN times the power of all the bombs dropped during World War II, including the “Fat Man” and “Little Boy” nuclear bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

That humanity, no matter what the circumstances or context, was toying with a bomb that powerful, says a lot about how we let history and politics get away from us.

Lots more here. And in case you need a visual…

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