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.
elophile: OH, Yes! Will you take a little sip when no one is looking?
Jun 23, 2020 20:10:41 GMT
Horacewimp: I’ll check and see if he takes sugar ::smileys-thumbs-951446::
Jun 23, 2020 20:47:50 GMT
elophile: I bet he takes honey... good for the vocal chords!
Jun 26, 2020 0:41:49 GMT
elophile: And no milk. You don't want to get all phlegmy...
Jun 26, 2020 0:42:37 GMT
Grroosss: Well. I discovered r/ELOcirclejerk and the ELO Discord yesterday. Lots to offer (and fans my age!) but too much chaos to take in all at once... Feels good to be back home ::animated-smileys-hug-008::
Jun 30, 2020 22:06:28 GMT
BSJ: Circlejerk is waaaaaay out there!
Jun 30, 2020 22:53:00 GMT
Helmut83: Is there an ELO Discord? Good data, Grroosss! Gotta check it out, I've been a regular at discord since about two months ago when quarentine boredom drove me there.
Jul 5, 2020 3:12:01 GMT
Helmut83: I couldn't find it though. Maybe you got mixed up with Reddit?
Jul 5, 2020 3:18:29 GMT
orioles70: hope all good forum members saved some fireworks to set off tonight for 50th anniversary festivities, I personally arranged for a comet to arrive right on schedule, try to Zoom in with your telescope and see the bright orange and blue streamers
Jul 14, 2020 1:58:56 GMT
BIuebird: Hello forum friends! I apologize for my long absence, we've had quite a bit of stressful stuff going on.
Jul 14, 2020 13:49:08 GMT
Horacewimp: Hey BIuebird great to see you back hope you are keeping well ::c0112::
Jul 14, 2020 14:16:05 GMT
BSJ: Hi BIuebird! Happy to see you! ::t31232::
Jul 14, 2020 18:05:14 GMT