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“The Exploding Whale Song” by Dan Tanz

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Here at TheExplodingWhale.com, we love seeing people inspired by our favorite topic. Recently, banjoist, guitarist, and songwriter Dan Tanz was reminded of Oregon’s exploding whale by a friend, who later passed away. Inspiration comes in many forms. In memory of his friend, Dan did what comes naturally and wrote a song. He posted it to […]

Happy 45th Exploding Whale Day!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

We’ll be covering all the festivities of the 45th anniversary of Oregon’s Exploding Whale! Don’t miss out on the fun! ‘A whale of a problem’: 45th anniversary of a dynamite idea – KVAL Happy 45th Anniversary, Exploding Whale – EarthTouch ‘My car!’: Eugene man recalls ‘whale of a deal’ family got on car in 1970 […]

Sufjan Steven’s song “Exploding Whale” now available online

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Prolific singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens’ tour-only song “Exploding Whale” has made its way online. As Stevens says in the song, “Embrace the epic fail / Of my exploding whale.” Listen here first: Spin magazine and several other sites are also covering the release: Sufjan Stevens Shows Off His Electronic Side on ‘Exploding Whale’ – Spin Listen […]

Exploding whales on Saturday Night Live

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Watch Charlize Theron Get Hit In The Face By An Exploding Whale On ‘Saturday Night Live’: “Saturday Night Live – Bikini Beach Party” – NBC/Hulu

UPDATE: Exploding carcass researchers win award

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Two years ago, we brought you the fascinating story of some German and Swiss researchers who had investigated whether the carcasses of prehistoric “whales” (aka ichthyosaurs) ever exploded, which could explain why bone fossils are sometimes found scattered about instead of all together. And today we have an update on their work.

Sperm whale explodes in Faroe Islands

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

On November 26, 2013, the carcass of a dead sperm whale violently exploded in the Faroe Islands when a marine biologist began cutting it open. Four sperm whales became stranded between the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy. Two of the whales eventually died. A few days later, one of the dead whales was towed to […]

Happy 43rd Exploding Whale Day!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Today — November 12, 2013 — marks the 43rd anniversary of Oregon’s Exploding Whale. So, Happy Exploding Whale Day to you! Of course, we’re all missing George Thornton, the Oregon highway engineer most responsible for the infamous blubber blast. He passed away just over two weeks ago. Alas, life goes on. And occasionally we even […]

George Thornton, the man behind Oregon’s exploding whale, has died

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

George Thornton, the highway engineer who supervised the detonation of 20 cases of dynamite in an attempt to dispose of a dead sperm whale on the Oregon Coast, died on Sunday, October 27, 2013, in Medford, Oregon. He was 84 years old. Thornton worked for the Oregon Highway Division (later renamed the Oregon Department of […]