Sixty five years ago today, the Department of Defense launched a nuclear missile test in Nevada, as they would hundreds of times again. But this time, five guys and a cameraman were placed right underneath the massive atomic explosion. Why?
The DoD, NPR explains, wanted to show that nuclear warfare was safe, and that an atomic detonation was no more hazardous than watching a sunset or puppy pile. So these poor saps were rounded up to play public propaganda guinea pigs, subjects to an experiment of consequences far above their pay grade. [more]