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Double Post Part 1: From the Archives: Nukes (July 22)

Okay, it’s past midnight where I am, so I’ll post this now and have something else for you all later today.
Since the first nuclear test in 1945 at the White Sands Missile Range, then White Sands Proving Ground, there have been around 2000-2100 nuclear detonations in either the form tests or use as a weapon. Of these about 1000 are American, 700 are Soviet/Russian, 200 are French, 45 are British, 45 are Chinese, 6 are Indian, 6 are Pakistani, and two are North Korean. Unconfirmed tests include Iranian, German and Japanese devices. The three most prolific testing years were, in order of most tests to least, 1961, 1958 and 1968. About 140 nuclear tests occurred in 1961, with about 100 of those being American. The longest period of time between two nuclear tests was a span of about 100 months from June 1998 to October 2006. Since 1998, the only nation to perform confirmed nuclear tests has been North Korea. The “Doomsday Clock” is a subjective measure of the danger of nuclear catastrophe based on current events. Initially set at 11:53, the closest the Doomsday Clock has gotten to midnight (global nuclear disaster) was 11:53 in 1953. The farthest the Doomsday Clock has been from midnight was in 1991 when the clock was set to 11:43. The Doomsday Clock is currently set to 11:55

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Strange Laws

Disclaimer: The primary source for this post is a website of unknown reliability. Be aware that not all of the information may be correct. However,  I will make corrections as they come to my attention. Thank you, and enjoy the fun facts.

The following is a list of laws that are, in my personal opinion, silly, nonsensical or otherwise strange. Many of these laws may have valid reasoning and I in no way am supporting the repeal of any of these laws unless I otherwise state so.
Let’s start in my home state of Washington, in the United States, where it is illegal to harass any Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other related creature that is as of yet undiscovered punishable by a fine of $100,000 and/or imprisonment up to ten years. Slaying or capturing such a creature, all proceeds will be donated to state colleges for research and protection of said creature. In other primate-related law, it is illegal, in Massachusetts, for a gorilla to occupy the back seat of a car. Hawaii law bans billboards, Alabama law bans bear wrestling matches and Texas law bans the Encyclopedia Britannica on grounds that it contains a formula for homemade beer. Now let’s get international (the United States isn’t the only place with strange laws after all). In Germany, a pillow is considered a passive weapon. In the UK, Members of Parliament may not don armor. Bungee jumping and urinating in an elevator are illegal in Singapore, and electronic games are banned in Greece. Finally, in South Africa, it is illegal to buy a television without a license.

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