In Las Vegas there were atomic bomb parties chamber of commerce advertised detonation times and the best spots for watching. Casinos offered special “atomic cocktails” and “Dawn Bomb Parties,” Women dressed as mushroom clouds for the “Miss Atomic Energy” crown at the Sands.
The world’s largest concentration of nukes is housed 20 miles NW of Seattle, and it’s defended by trained dolphins.
The US were working on a nuclear cruise missile capable of staying multiple YEARS in the air by pushing air through an open nuclear reactor, heating said air, meanwhile spewing radioactivity everywhere, they even had a working engine, but they abandoned it, deeming it too provocative.
The USSR proposed a doomsday ship; full of fissile material navigating Soviet waters, which would automatically detonate if it detected nuclear war on Soviet territory, filling the earth’s atmosphere with a radioactive cloud.
“SLAM” was a cancelled nuclear ramjet missile that could carry up to 16 thermonuclear warheads, travel for months nonstop, spew radiation wherever it went, and flew at tree top levels, killing anyone it would fly over. The ramjet was powered by an on-board nuclear reactor instead of rocket fuel which is why it could fly for an outrageously long time at supersonic speeds. Part of the reason why it was cancelled was because there was no way to safely conduct test flights because of the massive radiation it would emit over the flight path.
The Tsar Bomba, the single most physically powerful device ever used, had a mushroom cloud over 7 times the height of Everest. The shockwave circled the earth 3 times and caused windowpanes to be partially broken at distances of 900 km (560 mi). The original design was twice as large.
During the 1950s, the U.S. military tested nuclear weapons so close to Las Vegas, that you could clearly see the mushroom clouds from downtown Hotels. This became a temporary tourist attraction.
The USA has provided nuclear weapons for Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey to deploy and store but they cannot arm the bombs without authorization codes from the US Air Force.
In 1968, a bomber carrying 4 nuclear weapons crashed over an icy bay in Greenland. The recovered debris only accounted for 3 out of the 4 weapons, and searches for the missing bomb under the ice were unsuccessful.
Law professor Roger Fisher suggested that nuclear launch codes be implanted in a volunteer’s heart. The president would be required to personally take the life of an innocent person before taking the lives of hundreds of millions.