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14th Jan '18 1:46:24 PM nombretomado
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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...

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* The one and only time the ''LeagueOfSuperEvil'' ''WesternAnimation/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...
8th Jan '18 2:47:22 PM JackG
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** Another such weapon is used to protect a society of pacifists in "Volcano". They threaten to detonate the device if any aggressor attempts to land on their planet.
6th Jan '18 3:39:21 PM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
** In "Countdown", the Federation have hidden a solium bomb that will kill everyone on the planet with radiation poisoning if they rebel. The rebels attempt to seize the control room before it's activated but fail, and the plot involves a RaceAgainstTheClock to locate and disarm the bomb.
** In "Orbit", a MadScientist offers his Tachyon Funnel to Avon, a device that can destroy any planet at any range, enabling him to crush the Federation with ease. Of course, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption it's never that easy...]]
18th Dec '17 5:49:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheMercuryMen'' try to pull the Moon down to crash into the Earth using a Gravity Engine.

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* ''TheMercuryMen'' ''WebVideo/TheMercuryMen'' try to pull the Moon down to crash into the Earth using a Gravity Engine.
13th Dec '17 5:10:59 PM nombretomado
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Also keep in mind, that the entire point of a Doomsday Device is lost... [[DrStrangelove if you keep it a secret]], nein?

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Also keep in mind, that the entire point of a Doomsday Device is lost... [[DrStrangelove [[Film/DrStrangelove if you keep it a secret]], nein?



* ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'' features an automatic DoomsdayDevice that will fire if Russia is hit with a bomb. The rest of the movie revolves around stopping the bombing some maniacal general ordered. [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding They don't]].]] TruthInTelevision: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Hand_(nuclear_war) Dead Hand.]] Also note that the movie highlights the foolishness of keeping such a device ''secret'' (it was recently completed and was supposed to be announced within a week; they just got ''really'' unlucky with the timing).

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* ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'' ''Film/DrStrangelove'' features an automatic DoomsdayDevice that will fire if Russia is hit with a bomb. The rest of the movie revolves around stopping the bombing some maniacal general ordered. [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding They don't]].]] TruthInTelevision: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Hand_(nuclear_war) Dead Hand.]] Also note that the movie highlights the foolishness of keeping such a device ''secret'' (it was recently completed and was supposed to be announced within a week; they just got ''really'' unlucky with the timing).



* Apparently, the [[RedsWithRockets Soviet Union]] had a semi-autonomous system set up during the Reagan years called [[http://www.wired.com/politics/security/magazine/17-10/mf_deadhand?currentPage=all# Perimeter]], or [[FanNickname Dead Hand]]. The purpose of this system was so that, in the event of nuclear war, the country's nuclear arsenal could be deployed quasi-automatically in response to a nuclear attack on Soviet soil, regardless of whether or not the Soviet leadership was even still alive - thus allowing the Soviet nuclear arsenal to function as a doomsday device. [[Film/DoctorStrangelove Sound familiar?]]

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* Apparently, the [[RedsWithRockets Soviet Union]] had a semi-autonomous system set up during the Reagan years called [[http://www.wired.com/politics/security/magazine/17-10/mf_deadhand?currentPage=all# Perimeter]], or [[FanNickname Dead Hand]]. The purpose of this system was so that, in the event of nuclear war, the country's nuclear arsenal could be deployed quasi-automatically in response to a nuclear attack on Soviet soil, regardless of whether or not the Soviet leadership was even still alive - thus allowing the Soviet nuclear arsenal to function as a doomsday device. [[Film/DoctorStrangelove [[Film/DrStrangelove Sound familiar?]]



* Hermann Kahn, a defense analyst who was an inspiration for the character of ''DrStrangelove'', proposed a doomsday device to the Strategic Air Command officers as a rhetorical device to illustrate how this idea was but a slight exaggeration of their primary nuclear warfare strategy.

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* Hermann Kahn, a defense analyst who was an inspiration for the character of ''DrStrangelove'', ''Film/DrStrangelove'', proposed a doomsday device to the Strategic Air Command officers as a rhetorical device to illustrate how this idea was but a slight exaggeration of their primary nuclear warfare strategy.
8th Dec '17 3:11:47 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'' features an automatic DoomsdayDevice that will fire if Russia is hit with a bomb. The rest of the movie revolves around stopping the bombing some maniacal general ordered. [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding They don't]].]] TruthInTelevision: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Hand_(nuclear_war) Dead Hand.]] Also note that the movie highlights the foolishness of keeping such a device ''secret''.

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* ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'' features an automatic DoomsdayDevice that will fire if Russia is hit with a bomb. The rest of the movie revolves around stopping the bombing some maniacal general ordered. [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding They don't]].]] TruthInTelevision: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Hand_(nuclear_war) Dead Hand.]] Also note that the movie highlights the foolishness of keeping such a device ''secret''. ''secret'' (it was recently completed and was supposed to be announced within a week; they just got ''really'' unlucky with the timing).
13th Nov '17 4:16:25 AM Ferigeras
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_bomb Cobalt Bomb]] is a very nasty one. 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's then vaporized in the explosion and falls back to Earth, thus contaminating the affected 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.
30th Oct '17 12:33:59 PM SeptimusHeap
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', the Citadel becomes a bit of one, since it [[spoiler:explodes - solely and completely because the energy from the explosion would help tear open a portal between Earth and the Combine home dimension. If that were to succeed, the human race would be utterly obliterated in ''minutes'', once and for all, no rematches no second chances.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the Citadel becomes a bit of one, since it [[spoiler:explodes - solely and completely because the energy from the explosion would help tear open a portal between Earth and the Combine home dimension. If that were to succeed, the human race would be utterly obliterated in ''minutes'', once and for all, no rematches no second chances.]]
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.
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