Archive for March, 2006

Pentagon to detonate 700 tons of explosives

Friday, March 31st, 2006

On June 2, 2006, the U.S. Pentagon plans to detonate 700 tons of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, which would make it the largest open-air, non-nuclear blast ever seen at the Nevada Test Site. The goal of the test is to aid in designing weapons that can reach weapons of mass destructions buried deep under […]

Whale explosions: let me count the ways

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Did you know that is home to (as far as we know) the world’s only organized discussion of the various ways in which whales explode? We call it our Taxonomy of Cetacean Detonation. Now, in case you’re not really sure what that means, here’s a translation: Taxonomy – Division into ordered groups or categories. […]

Scots haul away dead whale rather than blow it up

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Scottish officials had planned to use dynamite to blow up the 47 ft. carcass of a dead sperm whale but later decided that the 30-ton leviathan would be hauled away and dumped in a local “rubbish tip” (disposal site). Prior to the whale’s death, it had become entangled in the anchor rope of a 19 […]