Thanks for the explanation, Horacewimp. Being honest, both the song and what you told us about it were all new to me. OMD are virtually unknown in Argentina (more than ELO) so I had no idea this song even existed, and I was totally ignorant about the mother of the pilot who dropped the bomb too.
All of which proves that besides being a place for fun, our forum is a beacon of knowledge in the otherwise obscure universe of Proboards.
The best therapy for any problem you might have is playing music with friends.
Hence the lyrics “ is mother proud of little boy today” little boy was the bombs name, and “8:15” the time the bomb exploded.
OMD like writing songs about some odd things an oil refinery and telephone box to name but two.
This version explains more
I first learned about The Manhatten Project and its aftermath at school in the 70s. Very interesting topic and one that continues to fascinate me. The original two bomb designs (both early fission types) were 'Thin Man' (a plutonium gun type weapon) and 'Fat Man' (a plutonium implosion device, similar to the primary stage of those weapons in service today). 'Thin Man' was found to be unstable in flight and it required a lot of modification to the B-29 carrier aircraft as well as being likely to fail at detonation so was cancelled. As the 'Fat Man' implosion design was more complex it was decided to test an example and this resulted the first detonation of a nuclear device 'Gadget' in the New Mexico desert in July 1945. 'Little Boy' was a simple device developed from the failed 'Thin Man' and didn't require testing being a gun type uranium weapon (in simple terms, one lump of uranium being fired into another down a tube). 'Little Boy' was dropped by bombardier Thomas Ferebee from the B-29 'Enola Gay' piloted by Paul Tibbets over primary target Hiroshima on 6th August 1945 and detonated with the force of 15kt at approximately 2,000 feet altitude. 'Fat Man' was dropped by bombardier Kermit Beahan from the B-29 'Bockscar' piloted by Charles Sweeney over their secondary target Nagasaki on 9th August 1945 and detonated with a force of 22kt at 1,650 feet altitude. The primary target for 'Bockscar' and its crew was Kokura but as this city was obscured by clouds, they diverted to Nagasaki. It's of note that the current largest free fall nuclear weapon in the US Air Force Inventory is the fission/fusion (thermonuclear) type B83 bomb with a maximum yield of 1.2mt, almost 100 times the magnitude of 'Little Boy' despite being only a quarter of the actual weight. Aircraft as small as the single seat Harrier are cleared to deliver the B83.
Timeblue: Quiet in here tonight....
Aug 14, 2021 21:38:06 GMT
BSJ: Horacewimp. Was that you who stole Tommy Cruise's car? ::49::
Aug 27, 2021 23:49:41 GMT
Horacewimp: ……maybe. Every time I heard a helicopter in the last few days I said it was Tom doing his filming. Apparently he liked the Brum chicken tikka masala he ordered an extra portion.
Aug 28, 2021 8:01:31 GMT
BSJ: Is this a restaurant you visit?
Aug 28, 2021 17:29:04 GMT
Horacewimp: No…too posh for me
Aug 28, 2021 18:00:13 GMT
eloneen: Just got my booster shot (high risk of exposure as a teacher)! I hope it doesn't hit me as hard as dose #2 did, but it would still be worth it!
Sept 24, 2021 23:48:17 GMT
eloneen: So happy about my booster shot! Still feeling good. I had expectations of curling up in bed, taking Tylenol, and just pushing my way through some unpleasant side effects. What a nice surprise! I have only very mild soreness at the injection site.
Sept 25, 2021 12:50:43 GMT
Horacewimp: That’s good to hear eloneen, Mrs Wimp has had a message while we were on holiday regarding booking her booster, I’m somewhat further down the list.
Sept 25, 2021 15:05:23 GMT
eloneen: Horacewimp I hope her experience is as uneventful as mine!
Sept 25, 2021 16:13:52 GMT
orioles70: we're spending the weekend on a 1000m mountain in the Blue Ridge in Virginia, Fall has arrived with 70 mph gusts and a 25 degree drop in temps, if we're lucky a tree will blow down and make us stay an extra day
Oct 16, 2021 22:54:26 GMT
Horacewimp: Have a great and safe trip.
Oct 17, 2021 7:48:37 GMT
eloneen: Enjoy the fall colors! We've said many times that we want to take a "fall colors" trip to the mountains here in NC to take in the breathtaking scenery, but we have mainly gone out that way in spring or summer. Please share photos with us orioles70!
Oct 17, 2021 12:45:50 GMT
Timeblue: Are you on the trail of the lonesome pine?
Oct 18, 2021 16:14:32 GMT
eloneen: I'm not. I'm in the central part of NC, but there are soooo many pines, so they're not lonesome ...but maybe your question was for orioles70?
Oct 18, 2021 22:58:55 GMT