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2nd Oct '16 10:09:20 AM Bissek
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* "99 Luftballons". The titular balloons show up as unidentified blips on a radar screen, so one side sends fighter jets to investigate. The other side takes this as an attack and retaliates with the nukes.

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* "99 Luftballons". The titular balloons show up as unidentified blips on a radar screen, so one side sends fighter jets to investigate. The other side takes this as an attack and retaliates with the nukes. Fortunately for the world, a hundred ordinary toyshop balloons would not have a large enough return to show up on a radar screen IRL.
19th Sep '16 6:31:05 PM Aquillion
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** Another, probably more correct explanation is that Soviets expected USA to hit big targets (i.e. cities) and wanted military facilities to survive, not the civilian population.
25th Aug '16 6:28:56 AM jamespolk
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The main topic of 1962 animated short "WesternAnimation/TheHole". Two construction workers debate the danger of an accidental nuclear war. The more skeptical one suggests that science and technology are fallible and could lead to a nuclear holocaust. The animation shows a rat chewing through the power lines at an early warning missile radar station.
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6th Aug '16 8:55:16 AM migmit
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** Another, probably more correct explanation is that Soviets expected USA to hit big targets (i.e. cities) and wanted military facilities to survive, not the civilian population.
19th Jul '16 1:16:49 PM AgProv
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* Britain's contribution to nearly starting WW3 involved a front-line Vulcan nuclear bomber on patrol in West Germany (awaiting orders to turn right and head for Leningrad) - and a [[NoodleImplement chocolate biscuit]]. What happened is that the particular sort of chocolate biscuit issued to RAF aircrew (as part of the SpotOfTea even nuclear bomber crews get) was prone to exploding in a semi-pressurised cabin at high altitude. Bored crews used to lay one out in a prominent position, on top of the Flight Engineer's console, and lay bets on how long it took to detonate. On this occassion, a Tunnock's Teacake dunked in tea exploded in such a way that fragments of tea-soaked biscuit found their way inside the flight engineer's console. In which 1960's computer circuitry was used to arm and activate the nuke prior to a stand-off launch. A short-circuit was caused and the console lit up indicating the weapon was armed and ready for launch. The crew managed to land in time and the bomb was deactivated. But after that the RAF issued a different sort of biscuit to flight crews. (Come on, you cannot cancel the tea-break for British service personnel...)

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* Britain's contribution to nearly starting WW3 involved a front-line Vulcan nuclear bomber on patrol in West Germany (awaiting orders to turn right and head for Leningrad) - and a [[NoodleImplement [[NoodleImplements chocolate biscuit]]. What happened is that the particular sort of chocolate biscuit issued to RAF aircrew (as part of the SpotOfTea even nuclear bomber crews get) was prone to exploding in a semi-pressurised cabin at high altitude. Bored crews used to lay one out in a prominent position, on top of the Flight Engineer's console, and lay bets on how long it took to detonate. On this occassion, a Tunnock's Teacake dunked in tea exploded in such a way that fragments of tea-soaked biscuit found their way inside the flight engineer's console. In which 1960's computer circuitry was used to arm and activate the nuke prior to a stand-off launch. A short-circuit was caused and the console lit up indicating the weapon was armed and ready for launch. The crew managed to land in time and the bomb was deactivated. But after that the RAF issued a different sort of biscuit to flight crews. (Come on, you cannot cancel the tea-break for British service personnel...)
19th Jul '16 1:12:25 PM AgProv
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* Britain's cpntribution to nearly starting WW3 involved a front-line Vulcan nuclear bomber on patrol in West Germany (awaiting orders to turn right and head for Leningrad) - and a [[NoodleImplement chocolate biscuit]]. What happened is that the particular sort of chocolate biscuit issued to RAF aircrew (as part of the SpotOfTea even nuclear bomber crews get) was prone to exploding in a semi-pressurised cabin at high altitude. Bored crews used to lay one out in a prominent position, on top of the Flight Engineer's console, and lay bets on how long it took to detonate. On this occassion, a Tunnock's Teacake dunked in tea exploded in such a way that fragments of tea-soaked biscuit found their way inside the flight engineer's console. In which 1960's computer circuitry was used to arm and activate the nuke prior to a stand-off launch. A shgort-circuit was caused and the console lit up indicating the weapon was armed and ready for launch. The crew managed to land in time and the bomb was deactivated. But after that the RAF issued a different sort of biscuit to flight crews. (Come on, you cannot cancel the tea-break for British service personnel...)

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* Britain's cpntribution contribution to nearly starting WW3 involved a front-line Vulcan nuclear bomber on patrol in West Germany (awaiting orders to turn right and head for Leningrad) - and a [[NoodleImplement chocolate biscuit]]. What happened is that the particular sort of chocolate biscuit issued to RAF aircrew (as part of the SpotOfTea even nuclear bomber crews get) was prone to exploding in a semi-pressurised cabin at high altitude. Bored crews used to lay one out in a prominent position, on top of the Flight Engineer's console, and lay bets on how long it took to detonate. On this occassion, a Tunnock's Teacake dunked in tea exploded in such a way that fragments of tea-soaked biscuit found their way inside the flight engineer's console. In which 1960's computer circuitry was used to arm and activate the nuke prior to a stand-off launch. A shgort-circuit short-circuit was caused and the console lit up indicating the weapon was armed and ready for launch. The crew managed to land in time and the bomb was deactivated. But after that the RAF issued a different sort of biscuit to flight crews. (Come on, you cannot cancel the tea-break for British service personnel...)
19th Jul '16 1:11:06 PM AgProv
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* Britain's cpntribution to nearly starting WW3 involved a front-line Vulcan nuclear bomber on patrol in West Germany (awaiting orders to turn right and head for Leningrad) - and a [[NoodleImplement chocolate biscuit]]. What happened is that the particular sort of chocolate biscuit issued to RAF aircrew (as part of the SpotOfTea even nuclear bomber crews get) was prone to exploding in a semi-pressurised cabin at high altitude. Bored crews used to lay one out in a prominent position, on top of the Flight Engineer's console, and lay bets on how long it took to detonate. On this occassion, a Tunnock's Teacake dunked in tea exploded in such a way that fragments of tea-soaked biscuit found their way inside the flight engineer's console. In which 1960's computer circuitry was used to arm and activate the nuke prior to a stand-off launch. A shgort-circuit was caused and the console lit up indicating the weapon was armed and ready for launch. The crew managed to land in time and the bomb was deactivated. But after that the RAF issued a different sort of biscuit to flight crews. (Come on, you cannot cancel the tea-break for British service personnel...)
27th May '16 5:40:21 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/AlexRider'': In ''Skeleton Key'', General Sarov plans to detonate a nuclear bomb atop the rusting Russian nuclear submarines in the naval base, which are armed with nuclear missiles. The resulting fallout cloud will contaminate most of Western Europe and allow Russia to return to the glory of its Soviet days, or so Sarov believes.
11th May '16 4:56:44 PM weaponer
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* "Dormant," a scary, scary SF short story by Creator/AEVanVogt, describes a robotic nuclear weapon landed on Earth from a long-ago war which is activated by fallout from nuclear bomb tests. On detonation, it thrusts the Earth into the Sun, because it doesn't know it's not the same war and would have had no choice even if it had.

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* "Dormant," a scary, scary SF short story by Creator/AEVanVogt, describes a robotic nuclear weapon landed on Earth from a long-ago war which is activated by fallout from nuclear bomb tests. On detonation, it almost thrusts the Earth into the Sun, because it doesn't know it's not the same war and would have had no choice even if it had.
23rd Apr '16 11:39:33 AM LeedsKing
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* Most films behave as if only the USA and USSR had nukes. In reality the UK and France were also nuclear powers before the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Later Communist China, India, Pakistan, and South Africa (probably joint-developed with Israel) produced weapons before the end of the Cold War. The Republic of China/Taiwan also made a bid for acuqiring nukes in the 1970s-80s, but was blackmailed out of it by the USA. In an OpenSecret, Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons since the 60s or 70s[[note]]Something they ''still'' deny to this day, despite overwhelming evidence of the Israeli nuclear weapons program. Generally, everyone says they don't have them, while everyone knows they do. Israel's enemies publicly decry the fact that Israel is the only nuclear-equipped Middle East state, while the rest of the world brushes off such accusations. It's...complicated[[/note]]. Several European countries had American bombs stationed there too. South Africa disarmed in 1990, while it is an OpenSecret that Pakistan is still making them. Iran and Syria are suspected by some of having nuclear weapons programmes also. Many European countries still have American nuclear gravity bombs stationed there - the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey among others. Their pilots train to use them; in the event of war, the US bombs would be turned over to local NATO forces.

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* Most films behave as if only the USA and USSR had nukes. In reality the UK and France were also nuclear powers before the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Later Communist China, India, Pakistan, and South Africa (probably joint-developed with Israel) produced weapons before the end of the Cold War. The Republic of China/Taiwan also made a bid for acuqiring acquiring nukes in the 1970s-80s, but was blackmailed out of it by the USA. In an OpenSecret, Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons since the 60s or 70s[[note]]Something they ''still'' deny to this day, despite overwhelming evidence of the Israeli nuclear weapons program. Generally, everyone says they don't have them, while everyone knows they do. Israel's enemies publicly decry the fact that Israel is the only nuclear-equipped Middle East state, while the rest of the world brushes off such accusations. It's...complicated[[/note]]. Several European countries had American bombs stationed there too. South Africa disarmed in 1990, while it is an OpenSecret that Pakistan is still making them. Iran and Syria are suspected by some of having nuclear weapons programmes also. Many European countries still have American nuclear gravity bombs stationed there - the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey among others. Their pilots train to use them; in the event of war, the US bombs would be turned over to local NATO forces.
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