Yes, there's something utterly fascinating about nuclear weapons, wouldn't you agree?
I mean, it's pretty horrific to know that one such bomb unleashed on a major population center today would be beyond devastating, but still man! STILL! To think that humanity was able to harness the power of the basic atom and turn it into history's greatest nightmare: nuclear weapons! HOW GENIUS! HOW BEAUTIFUL! HOW RIDICULOUSLY DESTRUCTIVE AND STUPID! OH HUMANITY! I mean, Albert Einstein was one of the brains behind the whole damn thing, but he only did it because he was deathly afraid of Adolf Hitler getting his hands on one of those puppies first, so he urged FDR to act urgently to beat the Nazis, before they dropped one of those things on us.
Alas, the United States did become the first ever country to have the bomb and the Japanese got to suffer the two only known uses of the bomb on civilian populations in recorded history. If ya think the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bad, imagine one of today's even more powerful nukes on a city like New York! EEK! That would be pretty nightmarish; instant vaporization, hanging skin, and severe burns galore! Ya ever seen that movie Trinity and Beyond? You have to get your hands on that DVD, which curiously enough, is narrated by oddball William Shatner. It shows you some amazing footage of all sorts of nuclear tests. Dem blasts are huge! HUGE! So gorgeous, and yet oh so unnerving!
And now, sixty-two years later after the development and use of nuclear weapons, more countries possess this awesome power than ever before. It used to be only the USA and the Soviets had it, which had everyone freaking out during the Cold War, but now even potential conflicting weirdos like India and Pakistan are known nuclear powers. That is not very comforting, nor is the sad terrible more-than-likely eventuality that terrorists are gonna get a hold of one of those suitcase-sized ones the Russians have carelessly let go, and use it to blow up American/Western interests. I pray and hope that in our lifetimes we do not witness such a catastrophe. The loss of human life and structural damage from one of those things would make 9/11 look like a walk in the park.
Oh, but it is such a beautiful mushroom cloud!