Can We All Just Take a Breath?

April 9, 2018

Before there was the Apple II, there was Teapot Apple 2.

Things that current events have me pondering.


The Civil Defense Apple-2 shot on 5 May 1955 was intended to test various building construction types in a nuclear blast. An assortment of buildings, including residential houses and electrical substations, were constructed at the site nicknamed “Survival Town”. The buildings were populated with mannequins, and stocked with different types of canned and packaged foods. Not all of the buildings were destroyed in the blast, and some of them still stand at Area 1, Nevada Test Site. A short film about the blast, referred to as “Operation Cue”, was distributed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration. The houses are still standing at 37.04476°N 116.07416°W, at the east and west ends of the road loop. They are stops on the Nevada National Security Site(NNSS) tour.

From declassified documents dated February to May 1956, the Apple-2 shot, as part of Operation Teapot Project 35.5 “Effects of Nuclear Explosion on Records and Records Storage Equipment” was staged on the Nevada Test Site to determine the effects of nuclear explosions on various types of records and record storage equipment [10]

22 Responses to “Can We All Just Take a Breath?”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    But Russia’s vow isn’t just that they plan to take out incoming missiles. It’s much, much worse.

    “If there is a strike by the Americans, then we refer to the statements of President [Vladimir] Putin and the chief of staff that the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired,” Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin told Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV.

    => Donald Trump announces incoming missiles on Twitter

  2. redskylite Says:

    Read this today on a very impressive cartoon that I watched a few years ago, the best I’ve ever seen by far. I feel this is a good place to include the link.

    “Know that this movie is a metaphor for World War Two and is so much more than the death of these two characters. Grave of the Fireflies is about the consequences of blind unchecked nationalism and the bitter end of those that follow it. This film is not a masterpiece because it’s sad, it’s a masterpiece because of the lessons it teaches.”

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