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. indy222 Says:

    Or, you could just buy an old refrigerator….. worked for Indiana Jones.

    I’m just sayin’

  2. redskylite Says:

    Not just buildings, there is film clip of a unit of U.S soldiers who were positioned in the vicinity of nuclear tests, just to see what effects the blast would have on humans. Well in Hiroshima there was one famous building (the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall), which now stands as a reminder as The Hiroshima Peace Memorial. There was also one iconic shrine left standing, which I believe still lives on.

    Hope we can put as much effort in designing buildings that can stand the might of our future climate and the turbulence of the big extremes.

    Color footage of one of the Camp Desert Rock nuclear tests from the US Army via the Prelinger Archive put to Mike Oldfield’s new song Nuclear. All film used is in the public domain.

    In memory of the servicemen subjected to nuclear radiation “for the good of their country”.

    • redskylite Says:

      Remenissions of a subject

      “I thought to myself, if there is a hell on Earth, it’s gotta be that,” Healy told his daughter. “You felt the shock wave of the thing going off and then the heat. And the biggest one that was set off in the desert when I was there was a 74 kiloton — almost twice the amount what was used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

      In one of the explosions, Healy says, he could see the bones in his hands.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Available from Netflix:

        Trinity & Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1-1/2 hours)

        “Using jaw-dropping footage that was previously classified by the U.S. government, this fascinating documentary compiled by special effects filmmaker Peter Kuran and narrated by William Shatner chronicles the development of the atomic hydrogen bomb. Highlights include an underwater detonation of an atomic bomb designed to test the effect of the blast on ships at sea, as well as an interview with nuclear weapons developer Edward Teller. Cast: William Shatner, Edward Teller, Frank H. Shelton, more…”

        This is an outstanding one-of-a-kind documentary that shows both the beauty and horror of atomic weaponry. More shots of explosions than you can count.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    That’s way beyond terror.

  4. Sir Charles Says:

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  5. Ah, video testament to the insanity of the human beast.

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