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US Military Tested the Effects of a Nuclear Holocaust On Beer 215

Posted by samzenpus
from the money-well-spent dept.
pigrabbitbear writes "Is bottled beer nuclear bombproof? The United States government conducted a couple tests in the 1950s to find out—it exploded nuclear bombs with 'packaged commercial beverages' deposited at varying distances from the blast center to see if beer and soda would be safe to drink afterwards. The finding? Yep, surviving bottled and canned drinks can be consumed in the event of a nuclear holocaust, without major health risks."
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US Military Tested the Effects of a Nuclear Holocaust On Beer

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  • Re:Waste of money (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 20, 2012 @08:02PM (#41406343)

    From the summary: "The United States government conducted a couple tests in the 1950s to find out". Testing this was probably very relevant under the threat of the cold war to know what food and drink would be safe to consume.

  • Re:Waste of money (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Maho Shoujo (2729697) <mahoshoujo@hellokitty.com> on Thursday September 20, 2012 @08:18PM (#41406465)

    The cost of throwing a few cases of cheap beer a round and then testing them is practically infinitesimal to the cost of setting of a nuclear weapon. It's not as if they blew the thing up just to test the drinks.

    We irradiate our food to ensure its safety. Radiation is not a threat to food... at least not once its been picked or killed. Radioactive material is, of course.

    That's a whole 'nother level. The radiation food is exposed to is also almost nothing compared to the radiation released in a nuke. Plus, in a nuclear blast, you have all sorts of particles flying around that are radioactive, but not the same high frequency beams used in industrial purposes.

  • Re:Waste of money (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Seumas (6865) on Thursday September 20, 2012 @08:23PM (#41406497)

    The world (especially voters and politicians) believe in nutjob armageddon/rapture bullshit and are hell-bent on making sure it happens as soon as possible. I, for one, would love to know that beer will be safe to drink if I happen to be fortunate enough to still be alive after all the crazies have self-fulfilled their insane prophecies.

  • Re:Waste of money (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 20, 2012 @08:29PM (#41406531)

    In the immediate aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, surviving still-sealed drinks would likely be the only available clean water not heavily contaminated with radioactivity. This would in fact be quite important before any efforts to cleanse contaminated water could get underway, which would take longer than one can survive without water intake to establish on any significant scale. In any case, I really doubt the "spending" on this went beyond some guy laying out drinks in a line away from another test and checking them afterwards.

    That being said, glass and water don't suffer lasting neutron activation and we knew that even in 1955. That's why water can be used in nuke cooling loops and sodium is used in experimental FBRs so yes it's kind of superflous.

  • Re:Waste of money (Score:2, Insightful)

    by AK Marc (707885) on Friday September 21, 2012 @01:34AM (#41407953)
    I've paid off three mortgages so far. Eventually they do get paid off for most people.
  • Re:Waste of money (Score:3, Insightful)

    by able1234au (995975) on Friday September 21, 2012 @02:28AM (#41408177)

    So you are on wife number 4?

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