Archive for the 'Other Exploding Things' Category

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.

Ichthyosaur goes boom! Or did it?

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Ichthyosaurs were giant marine reptiles that existed between 90 and 245 million years ago. This was, in case you weren’t sure, before the Internet. But still, one wonders — if the interweb were around during the Jurassic period, do you think there would have been an Exploding Ichthyosaur website? Recently, a group of scientists published [...]

Valuable reminder lost in removal of “New Carissa” wreck

Friday, September 26th, 2008

The New Carissa was a wood-chip freighter that ran aground on the Oregon coast during a storm in February 1999. Initial efforts to refloat and tow the ship back out to sea failed. As cracks developed in the hull, fuel oil began leaking out, and to avert an environmental disaster, officials decided to try burning [...]

Bevy of bystanders beholds birth of baby beluga in BC

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

And now for the very best kind of “exploding” whale… From BBC News: After 15 months of pregnancy, Qila the Vancouver Aquarium’s 12-year-old beluga whale has given birth to her first calf. The birth was captured live by television cameras. Qila was the first beluga whale to be conceived and born in a Canadian aquarium. [...]

Q: When is a satellite like a whale?

Monday, February 25th, 2008

A: When you use explosives to get rid of a dead one! Last week’s story of how the U.S. military shot down a satellite carrying toxic rocket fuel brought at least a couple comparisons to Oregon’s Exploding Whale. The military had lost control of the crippled satellite in late 2006 shortly after it was launched. [...]

An exploding whale tongue?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

In this AP photo, the giant, swollen tongue of a dead humpback whale appears close to exploding. Alas, it did not. The ballooning organ did, however, contribute to the whale’s death. While some officials initially said the swollen tongue indicated an infection, experts now believe that a large volume of air may have been forced [...]

Oregon nuke power tower blown up

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Animation by KATU Another chapter in Oregon’s illustrious history of blowing stuff up was written at 7am on May 21, 2006 — a Sunday morning. 2,800 pounds of explosives were packed into about 3,000 separate holes drilled into the lower half of the cooling tower at the Trojan Nuclear Plant. (Yes, the plant was defunct [...]

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 [...]