Most readers are probably familiar with the phrase “Hoist with his own petard” from Hamlet. Petards were explosive devices used to breach gates and were also buried under the foundations of walls to cause them to collapse. As readers of The Board might guess, back in the creative heyday of the 50’s and 60’s, someone thought it […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Hoist by an Atomic Petard"
I’ve seen all kinds of nonsense in comment threads in some of the places I hang out. Folks somehow think that North Carolina’s recently passed HB 2 somehow requires that there be some kind of guards at restroom doors who will check either ID’s or undies. I don’t really think they believe this, but they do like […]Read more "Bathroom Defenders"
Today’s header image features the Tu-95, NATO codename “Bear”, intercepted over the north Atlantic by an F-102 based in Iceland. It was just dumb luck that Tu-95 was dubbed the Bear, that was just the next name on the list when western intelligence services learned of this aircraft’s development in the mid-1950’s. The name turned out to […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Playing Chicken With Bears"
You know how there are those “fun-size” candy bars that are just a bite or two that people pass out on Halloween? Well, what if there were a fun-size nuclear weapon? There was, and from 1962 to 1971 the US Army passed them out like candy. Take a look at this clearer view of the header image. The […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Little Soldiers"
What a beautiful picture of a desert sunset. Most of the readers of The Big Board probably suspect that’s not really the sun, and it isn’t. It’s nuclear weapon caught just after the secondary flash. At this brief moment it’s hotter than the sun by far, though not nearly as powerful. In 1957 this was the least powerful nuclear […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Little Genie"
She made it to eighteen. I didn’t realize that until I looked at the first entry in her vet records. And now she has her last entry in her records. At her age, I knew it was coming, and I’m glad it came so fast. No major visible distress until Thursday night. She tried to […]Read more "Maggie: 1998-2016. A Fine Cat"