Radiological Defense

Much of what we define today as "weird" looks to be weird simply because the context that surrounded its creation is no longer in place. As famously said, "The past is another country," and we all know that stuff that happens in other countries is quite often weird.

Once upon a time--in 1961--the staged documentary featured here seemed like the most sober-sided, commonsense bit of educational material. But now--

--well, see for yourselves!

     Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 08, 2008
     Category: Death | Futurism | Military | Movies | Technology | War | Weapons | 1960s

Obviously, this was filmed before we learned the true nature of radiation. Thanks Stan Lee!
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 09/08/08 at 12:01 PM
Kingmonkey--so right! Where was the Hulk in all this!?!
Posted by Paul on 09/08/08 at 12:19 PM
Think of the $$ spent on fall-out shelters.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/08/08 at 01:15 PM
Dibner--was that part of the ATOMIC CAFE film?
Posted by Paul on 09/08/08 at 01:26 PM
Expat--I love seeing the old corroded FALLOUT SHELTER signs as I walk around my city.
Posted by Paul on 09/08/08 at 01:26 PM
Big Gary--excellent exegesis on that film, sir! Granted, its sober and fairly accurate presentation is not as weird as other artifiacts of this period.

I'm at least as old as you, but for some reason my primary school did not feature "duck and cover" drills. At least not that I recall. Maybe our town was too prole.
Posted by Paul on 09/08/08 at 02:07 PM
NotPiffany--now that's an interesting adaptation of duck and cover, as earhtquake defense! Were any cartoon turtles involved?
Posted by Paul on 09/08/08 at 02:56 PM
David R--excellent point: one nuclear warhead alone can stillruin your whole day!

Not to mention terrorist dirty bombs....
Posted by Paul on 09/09/08 at 12:19 PM
P. falc--interesting observation!
Posted by Paul on 09/09/08 at 12:19 PM
Kcmknice--amazing they were still going on, two or three decades later!
Posted by Paul on 09/09/08 at 12:20 PM
avmayes614--not sure of nature of your complaint. Video playing fine for me just now. Good luck!
Posted by Paul on 09/09/08 at 01:57 PM
Kevin--New England, my home region, would've been totally irradiated just from proximity to NYC and various military bases. A weird feeling indeed.

Good guess about "cube video" complaint. Odd formatting, yes.
Posted by Paul on 09/10/08 at 04:26 PM
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