Monday, March 19, 2007

See how life was in the nuke-fearing 50's

In 1951, shortly after the Soviet Union began nuclear testing. there was major hysteria in the US about THE ATOMIC BOMB.

The feds financed Duck and Cover, a nine-minute film directed at school children, and made with the help of children in New York City. It was shown in schools as the cornerstone of the government's "duck and cover" public awareness campaign. The movie talks about when the bomb hits, not if it hits.

The film is notable for Bert, the cartoon turtle who wears a Civil Defense helmet and hides in his shell, dubious science (covering yourself with a newspaper will protect you from a nuclear blast), the wretched 1950's clothing and vehicles, and completely ignoring the danger of after-blast radiation.

You can CLICK to view the film.

When I was in school, we remembered the duck and cover procedure as: get down on your knees, put your hands over your head, bend over, and kiss your balls goodbye.

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