In the movies --- the hero's wire cutters hover between the red wire and the blue wire of the bomb. As the seconds tick away on the digital timer, and at the last moment, he/she cuts the green wire, the bomb is disarmed and everybody is saved. [more inside]
I've been watching Archer recently, and they had an episode with the super cliched "which wire to cut" scene. This made me wonder, is there any actual real world precedent for cutting a single wire to defuse a bomb (with every other wire resulting in death), or is this entirely a fictional scenario?
I tried my first bath bomb/epsom salt mix a few days back and I loved it, but I wanted more. I want my tub to temporarly become a high powered jacuzzi. Where can I find ( or how can I make) the most aggressive, bubbly, foamy, churningly tingly bath time additive?
Specifically, what career progression do these folks usually follow? What training, schooling, and preparation is required to progress in this field? What is the entry-level job for this career path?
What percentage (either of a movie's production budget or of the final receipts) of a movie's box office receipts are expected to be produced in the opening weekend?
Help me find an only partially remembered short film I saw in the internet back in 2000 or 2001. [more inside]
Does anyone know how I can get this article from the Reno Gazette-Journal about the Harvey's Lake Tahoe bombing, for free? You can access the depreciated site here, but the links and images are all dead. I searched on their archives, but it looks like you need to buy all the parts of the article separately.
Emotional atom bomb. Two best friends have been hooking up with my old flame, keeping it a secret from me, but discussing with the rest of my circle of friends. Announced this last night, and today I was planning on ending my current relationship. [more inside]
Did the stereotypical round bomb exist in real life? And if so then what is it called and where can I get info about it? By "stereotypical round bomb" I mean a black spherical bomb with a small flat cylinder cap top out of which a fuse sticks out. Did these things exist IRL?
So let's say a Jack Bauer-type had to stop a terrorist from blowing up a nuclear power plant... Where within the plant might the final showdown take place? [more inside]
Identifilter: A modern-day east-asian movie about a girl who was apparently built as some kind of bomb or war weapon? [more inside]
IdentifyThisMovie: In a shop, a little girl sees a briefcase that she thinks a man has forgotten, picks it up, and runs to return it to its owner. It explodes. [more inside]
I need an audio clip of a nuclear attack warning. Double points go to 50s-style announcer versus EAS computer voice. Triple points go to clips that are free and easy to get. I've got the explosion part, I just need that foreboding warning before it happens. Thanks!
To what extent would the lack of an atmosphere reduce the effectiveness of nuclear weapons?
Lost Song Filter: I swear I remember hearing a song called Time Bomb in late 70s early 80s. [more inside]
What are we bombing them with, exactly? A question for weapons geeks. [more inside]
TeenAngstFilter: Can you help me identify a short story about a student who blows up a pool? [more inside]
I am looking for a picture of a an exploded nuclear weapon test with soldiers standing silohuetted looking at the mushroom cloud, watching it with no special protective clothing. It was a great picture between 1945 and 1950 (I think). Not sure the date of the test, but obviously 1944 or later. Let me know if you have any ideas on how to find it.
I can't recall the name of this "SPEED"-like Japanese movie. [more inside]
Are customs officials allowed to search you laptop's hard drive? [more inside]
Last Sunday's Grey's Anatomy episode is bothering me. At the end of the episode, Dylan (the bomb squad guy) takes the bazooka shell from Meredith and slowly walks out of the room. This seems illogical/silly/non-bomb-squady to me. [more inside]
What does it mean to detonate a suspicious package "as a precaution?" If for some reason the bomb threat is not a hoax, wouldn't the detonation set off the real bomb that's inside? Shouldn't they do this sort of thing, y'know, far away from the Capitol building?
My workplace (in the UK) has recently decided that every desk must have a laminated card with "Action To Be Taken In The Event Of A Bomb Threat". This strikes me as somewhat bizarre in that although I work for a communications company there is no infrastructure here to damage (barring remote switch access). Should the fact that these have been posted around the building out of the blue trigger a paranoia alert or is it just the company being a tad silly? Does anyone out there have any experience with this sort of thing?
Moderately Concerned of Yorkshire
Moderately Concerned of Yorkshire