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8th Oct '17 6:33:30 PM PaulA
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** Doomsday devices has a long tradition in Magic, going all the way back to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=37 Nevinyrral's Disk]], which was a [[ShoutOut direct allusion]] to {{Larry Niven}}'s TheMagicGoesAway.

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** Doomsday devices has a long tradition in Magic, going all the way back to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=37 Nevinyrral's Disk]], which was a [[ShoutOut direct allusion]] to {{Larry Niven}}'s TheMagicGoesAway.Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway''.
10th Sep '17 5:26:02 AM Ferigeras
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** However, there are caveats which make this particular bomb a rather twisted example of AwesomeButImpractical: In practice, the aforementioned radioactivity doesn't evenly spread around the surface, instead sporadically distributing itself, which would leave some areas relatively unaffected, while others contain unusually high radioactivity. As a result, any possible attacker using such a weapon would have little to no control over the resulting fallout and could easily end up hurting themselves instead. This may be another reason why such bombs have never been constructed for any serious use.
10th Sep '17 4:16:35 AM Ferigeras
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_bomb Cobalt Bomb]] is a very nasty one. It was originally described by physicist [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Szilard Leo Szilard]], who theorized that it was possible to create a weapon actually capable of wiping out all life on earth. In short, Cobalt-59. Cobalt-59 by itself is non-radioactive, but the detonation bombards it with neutrons, turning it into the highly radioactive cobalt-60. It would then be vaporized in the explosion and fall back to Earth, thus contaminating the affected area. What makes it a truly dangerous is that it could make the affected area uninhabitable for about ''100 years'', and none but the most protected shelters would be able to shield victims from the produced radioactivity. It's such a destructive concept that even during the ColdWar, throughout several decades of a military doctrine based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction Mutual assured destruction]], the nuclear states balked at the idea of building a weapon as dangerous as the Cobalt Bomb and even to this day, no such bomb has been constructed. It's basically the type of bomb used in the "Doomsday Device" depicted in DoctorStrangelove.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_bomb Cobalt Bomb]] is a very nasty one. It was originally described by physicist [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Szilard Leo Szilard]], who theorized that it was possible to create a weapon actually capable of wiping out all life on earth. In short, it's a nuclear bomb that is enhanced (or "salted", as it is usually called) with Cobalt-59. Cobalt-59 by itself is non-radioactive, but the detonation bombards it with neutrons, turning it into the highly radioactive cobalt-60. It would It's then be vaporized in the explosion and fall falls back to Earth, thus contaminating the affected area.area it's detonated on. What makes it a truly dangerous is that it could make the affected area uninhabitable for about ''100 years'', and none but the most protected shelters would be able to shield victims from the produced radioactivity. It's such a destructive concept that even during the ColdWar, throughout several decades of a military doctrine based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction Mutual assured destruction]], the nuclear states balked at the idea of building a weapon as dangerous as the Cobalt Bomb and even to this day, no such bomb has ever been constructed. It's basically the type of bomb used in the "Doomsday Device" depicted in DoctorStrangelove.DoctorStrangelove.
** However, there are caveats which make this particular bomb a rather twisted example of AwesomeButImpractical: In practice, the aforementioned radioactivity doesn't evenly spread around the surface, instead sporadically distributing itself, which would leave some areas relatively unaffected, while others contain unusually high radioactivity. As a result, any possible attacker using such a weapon would have little to no control over the resulting fallout and could easily end up hurting themselves instead. This may be another reason why such bombs have never been constructed for any serious use.
10th Sep '17 12:53:41 AM Ferigeras
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_bomb Cobalt Bomb]] is a very nasty one. It was originally described by physicist [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Szilard Leo Szilard]], who theorized that it was possible to create a weapon actually capable of wiping out all life on earth. In short, Cobalt-59. Cobalt-59 by itself is non-radioactive, but the detonation bombards it with neutrons, turning it into the highly radioactive cobalt-60. It would then be vaporized in the explosion and fall back to Earth, thus contaminating the nearby area. What makes it a truly dangerous is that it could make the affected area uninhabitable for about ''100 years'', and none but the most protected shelters would be able to shield victims from the produced radioactivity. It's such a destructive concept that even during the ColdWar, throughout several decades of a military doctrine based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction Mutual assured destruction]], the nuclear states balked at the idea of building a weapon as dangerous as the Cobalt Bomb and even to this day, no such bomb has been constructed. It's basically the type of bomb used in the "Doomsday Device" depicted in DoctorStrangelove.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_bomb Cobalt Bomb]] is a very nasty one. It was originally described by physicist [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Szilard Leo Szilard]], who theorized that it was possible to create a weapon actually capable of wiping out all life on earth. In short, Cobalt-59. Cobalt-59 by itself is non-radioactive, but the detonation bombards it with neutrons, turning it into the highly radioactive cobalt-60. It would then be vaporized in the explosion and fall back to Earth, thus contaminating the nearby affected area. What makes it a truly dangerous is that it could make the affected area uninhabitable for about ''100 years'', and none but the most protected shelters would be able to shield victims from the produced radioactivity. It's such a destructive concept that even during the ColdWar, throughout several decades of a military doctrine based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction Mutual assured destruction]], the nuclear states balked at the idea of building a weapon as dangerous as the Cobalt Bomb and even to this day, no such bomb has been constructed. It's basically the type of bomb used in the "Doomsday Device" depicted in DoctorStrangelove.
10th Sep '17 12:52:51 AM Ferigeras
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_bomb Cobalt Bomb]] is a truly nasty version of this. In short, it's a nuclear bomb (or more likely, lots of very large nuclear bombs linked to a single triggering device) containing extra Cobalt-59. Cobalt-59 by itself is non-radioactive, but the detonation bombards it with neutrons, turning it into the radioactive cobalt-60. The blast then flings the Cobalt-60 ''across the entire planet'' covering the entire thing in radiation. The estimated time it will take before it's safe to live life again is ''105 years'', and even then, cancer rates are going up notably; note that while this is comparatively tame, this ''is the whole world'' affected. ''Anyone alive'' not in radiation shelter will be ''dying'' for a period longer than people can currently live, and an entire generation will live completely underground. Worse still, it's not just people who would be affected - virtually ''every living thing on Earth'' would die, with the possible exception of certain radiation-resistant insects and deep ocean species. In other words, even if anyone did survive, there'd be nothing to eat except contaminated dead stuff (or [[ImAHumanitarian each other]]), and once that's gone, nada. This is essentially the type of device used in ''Film/DrStrangelove'', and possibly ''Literature/OnTheBeach''.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_bomb Cobalt Bomb]] is a truly very nasty version one. It was originally described by physicist [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Szilard Leo Szilard]], who theorized that it was possible to create a weapon actually capable of this. wiping out all life on earth. In short, it's a nuclear bomb (or more likely, lots of very large nuclear bombs linked to a single triggering device) containing extra Cobalt-59. Cobalt-59 by itself is non-radioactive, but the detonation bombards it with neutrons, turning it into the highly radioactive cobalt-60. The blast It would then flings be vaporized in the Cobalt-60 ''across explosion and fall back to Earth, thus contaminating the entire planet'' covering nearby area. What makes it a truly dangerous is that it could make the entire thing in radiation. The estimated time it will take before it's safe to live life again is ''105 affected area uninhabitable for about ''100 years'', and even then, cancer rates are going up notably; note that while this is comparatively tame, this ''is none but the whole world'' affected. ''Anyone alive'' not in radiation shelter will be ''dying'' for a period longer than people can currently live, and an entire generation will live completely underground. Worse still, it's not just people who most protected shelters would be affected - virtually ''every living thing on Earth'' would die, with able to shield victims from the possible exception of certain radiation-resistant insects and deep ocean species. In other words, produced radioactivity. It's such a destructive concept that even if anyone did survive, there'd be nothing to eat except contaminated dead stuff (or [[ImAHumanitarian each other]]), during the ColdWar, throughout several decades of a military doctrine based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction Mutual assured destruction]], the nuclear states balked at the idea of building a weapon as dangerous as the Cobalt Bomb and once that's gone, nada. This is essentially even to this day, no such bomb has been constructed. It's basically the type of device bomb used in ''Film/DrStrangelove'', and possibly ''Literature/OnTheBeach''.the "Doomsday Device" depicted in DoctorStrangelove.
24th Jul '17 5:55:25 PM Discar
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' regularly encounters villains that revel in these.
--> Fourth Doctor (while typing on computer terminal): The trouble with computers, of course, is that they're very sophisticated idiots. They do exactly what you tell them to at amazing speed, even if you order them to kill you. So if you do happen to change your mind, it can be very difficult to stop them obeying the original order, but..."
--> (Taps a few final keys, countdown stops) Not Impossible."

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor
regularly encounters villains that revel in these.
--> Fourth Doctor (while --->'''Fourth Doctor:''' ''[while typing on computer terminal): terminal]'' The trouble with computers, of course, is that they're very sophisticated idiots. They do exactly what you tell them to at amazing speed, even if you order them to kill you. So if you do happen to change your mind, it can be very difficult to stop them obeying the original order, but..."
--> (Taps
''[taps a few final keys, countdown stops) stops]'' Not Impossible."impossible.
16th Jul '17 8:22:32 AM starofjusticev21
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* The one and only time the ''LeagueOfSuperEvil'' was considered a true danger was the time their MadScientist came up with a device that would've backed up every toilet in the city and had the military rushing out to tell him not to do anything rash. That might seem like a lame example, but consider a major city knee-deep in fecal matter...
16th Jul '17 8:18:25 AM starofjusticev21
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* If you choose to play a villain in the [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure interactive book]] ''Thrusts of Justice'' you find yourself in a position to blackmail the world with the weapon the invading aliens were going to use to terraform the planet. [[spoiler: Unfortunately your minions are smart enough to know this approach never works and will turn on you if you decide to go for it.]]
8th Jul '17 9:48:38 PM Orbiting
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* The Sword of Creation (aka the Realm Defense Grid) in ''{{Exalted}}''. Once fired up you can use it to obliterate entire armies of powerful supernatural monsters. It does also chew up the landscape though, so it is not fit for everyday use.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
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The Sword of Creation (aka the Realm Defense Grid) in ''{{Exalted}}''.Grid). Once fired up you can use it to obliterate entire armies of powerful supernatural monsters. It does also chew up the landscape though, so it is not fit for everyday use.
5th Jun '17 8:38:04 PM PaulA
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* The Nova Bomb in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's short story "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_%28Heinlein%29 Gulf]]".

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* The Nova Bomb in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's short story "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_%28Heinlein%29 Gulf]]"."Literature/{{Gulf}}".
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