Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2053 nuclear explosions, 1945-1998

Courtesy of @pourmecoffee on Twitter, here's a really interesting animated video depicting the two thousand plus nuclear detonations since the first in 1945. Each second represents one month, and each country's explosions are depicted in a different color. Shit really starts getting crazy in the 1960s.


This is particularly interesting to me at this precise moment because I'm just finishing Don DeLillo's Underworld, in which the nuclear arms race is a significant motif.

If you get bored, jump ahead to about the 13 minute mark, when there's a sped-up recap.

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