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  1. The bikini was named after a Pacific island the United States bombed during nuclear testing nuclear testing, displacing the entire population and rendering the island uninhabitable. The bikini was supposed to have the same "explosive" effect on men who saw women wearing it.

  2. In 1982, the CIA successfully tricked the Soviet Union into stealing sabotaged software that oversaw pump valves in gas lines. The CIA used it to close off a massive Soviet gas line, leading to a massive pressure build up and “the most monumental non-nuclear explosion ever seen from space.”

  3. In New Zealand, every high school is entitled to 1 pound of uranium and 1 pound of thorium, for experimentation. However, there is a fine of $1 million for creating nuclear explosions.

  4. In 1946 Kodak customers complained about film developing cloudy. Kodak investigated & found the corn husks used for packing was radioactive. They discovered something that was not public knowledge; the packaging was exposed to fallout from the world's first nuclear bomb explosion.

  5. In 1974, two phone hackers stood on a California beach and from two public phone booths intercepted every incoming call to Santa Barbara, and told the dialers the city had been wiped out in a nuclear explosion, causing a widespread panic.

  6. Minutes before the Halifax Explosion, (one of the largest non-nuclear, man-made explosions) a dispatcher named Vince Coleman returned to his station to send a warning telegram, saving 300 lives at the cost of his own.

  7. There are people in the world that think nuclear bombs are impossible and that every explosion has been faked for propaganda including Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  8. The bikini swimsuit was named after the nuclear explosions that destroyed Bikini island. The inventor wanted to imply the bikini was as momentous an invention as the new bomb. This was a time when beautiful women were "bombshells" and anything cool was "atomic."

  9. Three cleanup volunteers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant voluntarily suited up in scuba gear and swam into the radioactive water, knowing that they would die as a result, to open a gate valve allowing containmented water to drain out preventing a catastrophic thermal explosion.

  10. US government placed beer near a nuclear explosion in 1956 to see if it would still be drinkable after a nuclear fallout, and it was.

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In WWI the British dug tunnels 120 feet underground to lay 22 mines beneath German trenches. Exploded at 3AM, the mines took out 10,000 German soldiers and an entire town in a "detonation now known as history’s deadliest non-nuclear, man-made explosion."

In 1958, Canada set off one of the largest intentional non-nuclear explosions in history to remove a rock in the middle of a shipping lane. A tunnel half a mile long was dug out under the ocean and filled with 2.75 million pounds of explosive.

Anti-flash white, a brilliant white color applied to nuclear bombers to reflect some of the thermal radiation from a nuclear explosion, protecting the aircraft and its occupants

In 1954, the US tested their first dry fuel nuclear bomb, "Castle Bravo". The explosion was 3x larger than expected. The fallout affected a 100 mile radius, and material traveled as far as India and Australia. It is the most significant radioactive contamination ever caused by the US.

In the 1960s, the U.S. Air Force drew up plans for a 4000-ton nuclear space battleship. It would have been armed with 500 nuclear missiles, propelled by nuclear explosions, and been entirely feasible with contemporary technology. President Kennedy was horrified by the idea and cancelled it

The Vela Incident, A nuclear explosion in the Indian ocean of unknown origin. The most widespread theory is that it was a joint Apartheid South African-Israeli nuclear test.

In 1953, an Australian Centurion main battle tank survived a nuclear test only 500 yards away. Despite damage from the explosion, it was still functional. It served for 23 more years, including 15 months of service in Vietnam

100 years ago the Battle of Messines began with the detonation of 19 mines under German front lines which killed 10,000 troops in 20 seconds, considered the deadliest non-nuclear, man-made explosion in history.

As a reaction to slipping behind in the space race, the United States Air Force developed a plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon. The main objective was to cause a nuclear explosion that would be visible from Earth, boosting the morale of the Amercian people.

In 1979 there was an unexplainable nuclear explosion near the Prince Edward Islands. It was detected by the Vela Hotel Satellite, but still has yet to be claimed.

Nova Scotia provides Boston with an annual Christmas tree in commemoration for the city's humanitarian efforts after the Halifax Explosion; history's greatest man-made pre-nuclear explosion.

The Object 269, created by Soviet engineers in 1959, was a tank that was designed to survive a nuclear explosion.

The wreck of a WW2 "Liberty ship" is sitting off the coast of Kent and it's loaded with 1400 tonnes of explosives, the equivalent of a small nuclear device.

Starfish Prime was the largest man made nuclear explosion in outer space.

The nuclear disaster at Chernobyl was actually caused by a drill meant to solve another severe safety issue. The explosion occurred when the reactor was mistakenly almost allowed to shut off, then pulling out the control rods completely to try to stop the mistaken shutdown.

The jets extending from slow-motion Nuclear Explosions are the tower's support cables being vaporized by x-rays before the shockwave even hits.

In 1980 A single dropped ratchet in an Air Force missile silo resulted in an ruptured tank that led to an explosion that destroyed the silo and shot a nuclear warhead 100 feet from the complex entry gate. They then just filled in the giant hole.

In 1958 the Canadian government detonated the world's largest non-nuclear peacetime explosion to remove a navigational hazard.

There is a ship sunk just off the coast of Kent, packed with so much explosives if it was to explode, it would be the biggest non-nuclear blast in history

The Texas City disaster of 1947 is generally considered to be the worst industrial accident in U.S. history and resulted in nearly 600 fatalities. One of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever, it was thought to have been caused by nothing more than a discarded cigarette.

In 1957, five US Air Force officers volunteered to stand at 'ground zero' directly under a nuclear explosion 18,500 feet above their heads to 'prove how safe it was'

During the second launch of the Soviet N1 rocket (which was supposed to take the first cosmonaut to the Moon), a bolt got loose and was sucked into an oxygen pump, causing a seven kiloton explosion which devastated the launchpad. It is still one of the largest non nuclear explosion ever.

There is a hypothetical method of rocket propulsion that uses nuclear explosions for thrust

In 1961, the US Government came up with a plan, coined Operation Plowshare, to use nuclear explosives for "peaceful construction purposes". One proposal was to widen the Panama Canal by blasting it with those nuclear explosions.

Boston's Christmas tree has its roots in the Halifax explosion, one of the most powerful artificial non-nuclear explosions in history.

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