Humans Are Weird or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

I recently finished my latest rewrite of Norman Normalson & The Normals. It’s constantly evolving and improving like American politics. Oh wait! I mean the opposite of American politics. Buried in its pages, I found this little gem of a rant, slightly adapted for posting here. Warning: This post contains absolutely no spoilers. The context is completely unimportant. This is just a random tangent. Yes, I do wander off into random tangent rants while writing for children. I do so in hopes that they well break the cycle of human oddities and begin a new cycle of logical, rational thought or at least laugh.

Did full-grown adult humans living in Earth’s 1950s actually think hiding under little wooden desks would keep children safe from an atomic bomb? They practiced hiding under their desks at school. It was part of their education. Seriously. Search YouTube for “Duck And Cover.” It might work for Bert The Turtle but not against an atomic bomb. It only works if your name is Tsutomu Yamaguchi. I like the one where the family uses their picnic blanket for cover. Surviving an atomic bomb is no picnic. Had they never heard of nuclear fallout or radiation? Did they learn nothing from Marie Curie? That’s still not nearly as dumb as making the weapon in the first place. Is it any wonder humanity still can’t traverse the universe?

I did the searching for you and even brought the video straight to your computer and/or mobile device. Yeah, you’re welcome. I know you didn’t thank me. Humans are rude like that. You’re welcome, anyway.


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  1. Lol I never took it seriously when I saw them hiding under their desks. I had no idea that was an actual safety procedure against the A-bomb. What silly humans, but what a great rant! 🙂

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    1. Fortunately, in my lifetime duck and cover has always just been a joke thing. That video was made before my parents were born. I remember South Park did a duck and cover joke about when a volcano erupts. They did a parody video with lava rolling over people who duck and cover and they get up and wipe themselves off. I can’t imagine it being taken seriously. I’m sure it was actually fearmongering and demagoguery like McCarthy-ism. It sure is funny now, though.

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      1. You mean like building a wall to keep Mexicans out of a land that was stolen from them? Sorry. I know you don’t like to get political.

        Yes, if humanity lasts 100 years, they will laugh at and be shocked and appalled by a lot of things we do. The worst part is, they’ll have their own stupid shit they’ll be doing.

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