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The Oregon Highway Division tries to remove a dead beached whale with dynamite

One of the choice observations: "Umenhofer's (a bystander who had warned that two much TNT was being used) brand-new Oldsmobile was flattened by a chunk of falling blubber after the blast. He had just bought the Ninety-Eight Regency at Dunham Oldsmobile in Eugene, during the "Get a Whale of a Deal" promotion."
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Thank you

I just spent an informative 15 minutes watching whales explode on youtube due to this thread.laughlaughlaugh

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It wasn't that they used too much dynamite, it was that people were too close to the explosion. In fact, despite all the fallout, the whale was still not destroyed. Thus, too little dynamite was used.
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jumbit wrote:
It wasn't that they used too much dynamite, it was that people were too close to the explosion. In fact, despite all the fallout, the whale was still not destroyed. Thus, too little dynamite was used.
I think it wasn't the amount of explosive power that was the problem, it was the way it was used. Instead of being disintegrated, the whale was broken into large chunks and thrown around. More dynamite might have just thrown the chunks farther. Maybe they should have tried to find a way to incinerate the whale on the spot? Or just leave it be, close the beach for the year, and let nature take its course. The crabs and seagulls will pick the bones clean eventually.
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wmshub wrote:
jumbit wrote:
It wasn't that they used too much dynamite, it was that people were too close to the explosion. In fact, despite all the fallout, the whale was still not destroyed. Thus, too little dynamite was used.
I think it wasn't the amount of explosive power that was the problem, it was the way it was used. Instead of being disintegrated, the whale was broken into large chunks and thrown around. More dynamite might have just thrown the chunks farther. Maybe they should have tried to find a way to incinerate the whale on the spot? Or just leave it be, close the beach for the year, and let nature take its course. The crabs and seagulls will pick the bones clean eventually.
Which would have hurt the local economy, assuming the beach was a tourist attraction. And local residents would have smelled a rotting whale corpse from miles away, for who knows how long. And imagine the swarms of flies around the beach and the giant maggot ridden whale corpse. I'd be pretty upset if that was the decision and I lived anywhere near the area.
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Clearly, they should have just nuked the site from orbit.

Only way to be sure!

(FWIW, this story is trending a bit, now, as we have the problem happening, again. Another huge whale recently beached on the coast, so...I suppose they probably aren't going to try dynamite, again, anyway)
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Send in Tintin:

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batdog wrote:
Send in Tintin:

And now we know why rhinos are endangered.
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Note that this scene was, in the Swedish edition, considered "too naive" and Hergé redrew a more "realistic" (and far less painful for the poor rhino) version.
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batdog wrote:
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gulp He certainly could have turned that into 'dogfood' for some "Rin-Tin-Tin" then.
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Ah yes, "The Blast Blasted Blubber Beyond All Believable Bounds"
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