Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Killer Watts

Surprising images: 1) a cake celebrating Operation Crossroads, a series of U.S. nuclear weapons tests conducted in 1946 at Bikini Atoll. 2) a Soviet light bulb with Stalin and Lenin's glowing heads

Some surprising news: Highly enriched uranium from more than 14,700 Russian nuclear weapons has been converted to fuel for use in American nuclear power plants, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy. The effort, called the NNSA’s Highly Enriched Uranium Transparency Program, expects to eliminate the equivalent of 20,000 nuclear weapons by 2013. The resulting uranium provides fuel for commercial U.S. reactors, totaling 10 percent of all electricity, according to the NNSA. (Source: Lori Johnston,

Friends, I post this using electricity generated from dismantled nuclear warheads.


  1. First off I'm jealous of the nuclear cake cutting. That's a prize! And the light bulb is fascinating. How'd they get those little men in the bulb? Glowing commies. Sounds fun.

  2. I like the woman's mushroom cloud hat. Very stylish.

  3. I'd be nervous, sticking a knife into a nuclear cake. The Western version of those glow bulbs is called an Aerolux and involves argon and neon.

    Oh, for the bygone days when you could find a milliner to make you a matching hat for a bomb-cake cutting.