5 men volunteered to stand directly under a Nuclear Blast in 1959, with a sixth man who didn’t volunteer. None suffered immediate harm, but all later developed cancer.

The Day Five Men Willingly Stood Under a Nuclear Explosion

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In the 1950s, fear of nuclear-armed Soviet bombers led to the creation of the Genie rocket. Fired from an American or Canadian fighter jet, the Genie had no guidance system. It merely had to be aimed at a Soviet bomber and the 1.7 kiloton nuclear warhead—packing the equivalent of 1,700 tons of TNT—took care of the rest.

The 221-pound warhead was only used once, in a test code-named “John.” On July 19, 1957—59 years ago today—a single Northrop F-89 Scorpion jet flew over Area 10 at the Nevada Test Site. At an altitude of 18,500 feet, a single Genie was launched. It traveled… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

14 thoughts on “5 men volunteered to stand directly under a Nuclear Blast in 1959, with a sixth man who didn’t volunteer. None suffered immediate harm, but all later developed cancer.”

  1. Pithius

    “we’re gonna what now?”

    6th guy probably

  2. kinyutaka

    How much money would you have to be paid to stand directly underneath a massive city-destroying gene-altering weapon?

  3. GhettoChemist

    “Hey what are yall doing out here?” – 6th man who didn’t volunteer

  4. sangunpark1

    for anyone wondering it was 3.5 miles above their head, i was wondering, like wouldn’t they be vaporized instantly like the people in japan, but 3.5 miles makes much more sense that they didn’t die immediately

  5. LimitedLicense

    I am a liar. This happened in 1957.

  6. djinnisequoia

    Did we not understand the connection of ionizing radiation to cancer at that time?

  7. bbpr120

    Dibs on the refrigerator!!!

  8. afellowtree

    I’m Johnny Knoxville and welcome to jackass

  9. AbeVigoda76

    The 6th guy was head bee guy.

  10. Roanhouse

    how many years later did they develop cancer?

  11. iSmokeRocksHoe

    I mean why? We had already done mass experiments on Japan…did they not know what we had done?

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