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a life-affirming story about pretentious teens with superiority complexes who have experiences and give nauseatingly quotable musings on philosophy and what it means to be alive, which often involves their enjoyment of books and tea and their condescending view of the popular kids as sheep
the same exact story, except this time it's being narrated by the teacher who has to deal with these asshole kids on a daily basis but is legally barred from saying "are you fucking kidding me" when they say some pretentious bullshit about how they prefer the smell of old books to the taste of alcohol. The teacher is re-telling the story to her friend at the bar, and her friend refuses to accept that these children could POSSIBLY be as pretentious as she makes them sound
sometimes i forget how old i am and i try to do things i used to do as a kid and i just
“On 16 July 1945, the ‘Trinity’ nuclear test plunged humanity into the so-called Atomic Age. The first-ever nuclear bomb was detonated in New Mexico, at the Alamogordo Test Range. Nicknamed the “gadget”, the plutonium-based implosion-type device yielded 19 kilotons, creating a crater over 300 metres wide.
U.S. efforts to develop nuclear weapons were driven by the fear that Nazi Germany would soon be able to do so. German chemist and Nobel Prize laureate Otto Hahn and his assistant Fritz Straßmann, helped by the Austrian-born physicist Lise Meitner, had produced the world’s first nuclear fission in late 1938. Following this discovery, Albert Einstein sent a letter to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, warning him about the threat of a German nuclear weapons programme and urging the United States to speed up its own efforts.
A single bomb of this type, carried by boat and exploded in a port, might well destroy the whole port with some of the surrounding territory. Letter from Albert Einstein to U.S. President Roosevelt in 1939
Germany had indeed conducted nuclear research, but only a handful of scientists were assigned to the task. Their efforts were largely unsuccessful and scaled down after 1942. The United States, by contrast, invested essentially unlimited manpower and industrial resources into the Manhattan Project, which started in 1942. Its headquarters was the newly established Los Alamos nuclear facility in New Mexico. Robert Oppenheimer led the group of 6000 scientists at Los Alamos, and was the project’s scientific head.
Now, I am become death, the destroyer of worlds,Oppenheimer cited Hindu Scribture, Bhagavad Gita under the impression of the Trinity explosion
Three weeks after the test, on 6 and 9 August 1945, nuclear bombs – one of them based on the Trinity design - were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing tens of thousands civilians immediately and many more from radiation exposure later.
Trinity was the first of over 2000 nuclear tests to be conducted worldwide, with over 1000 in the U.S. nuclear testing programme alone. The tests released vast amounts of radioactivity around the globe (see effects of nuclear testing). They also spurred the proliferation of nuclear weapons hundreds of times more powerful than the earliest prototypes.
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans all forms of nuclear testing. The United States was the first country to sign it when it opened for signature on 24 September 1996. Today, however, it is one of the eight countries that have still to ratify the CTBT before it can enter into force. The others are China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel and Pakistan.
5 Facts About J. Robert Oppenheimer
"In his speeches and public writings, Oppenheimer continually stressed the difficulty of managing the power of knowledge in a world in which the freedom of science to exchange ideas was more and more hobbled by political concerns."
- He was a theoretical physicist and a professor at The University of California,Berkley.
- His friend’s claimed he had self destructive tendencies and had moments of deep depression. He once told his brother ” I need physics more than friends”.
- He once stated that “physics and desert country” were his “two great loves”. He bought a ranch in New Mexico and called it “Perro Caliente”.(Hot Dog in English)
- He worked on the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) and later recalled how he felt after the expolsion.The first words that came to his mind were from the Bhagavad Gita: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” (The Bhagavad Gita is what shaped much of his philosophy on life.)
- He feel into a coma due to throat cancer and died on February 18,1967.
“Bleeding Man”, 1911, Max Oppenheimer.