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Hydrogen Bomb Lost in the Ocean

The Tybee Bomb is a 7,600-lb (3,500-kg) hydrogen bomb containing 400 lb (180 kg) of conventional high explosives and highly enriched uranium. During a simulated combat mission, the B-47 bomber carrying it collided with an F-86 fighter plane and the bomb was jettisoned and lost. It is presumed to be somewhere in Wassaw Sound, off the shores of Georgia's Tybee Island, but recovery efforts have been unsuccessful. The bomb is just one of how many known missing weapons from the US nuclear arsenal?



The Murders at Wright's Taliesin

Famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright led a turbulent life rife with personal tragedy as well as several failed marriages. In 1909, Wright left his first wife and eloped to Europe with Mamah Cheney, who was also married at the time. When the pair returned to the US, Wright began building a new home, called Taliesin. In August 1914, while Wright was away, one of his workers set fire to Taliesin and murdered 7 people with an axe, including Cheney and her 2 children. Who survived the attack?

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H.R. Giger

Giger is a Swiss painter who became popular for providing concept art for the movies Alien and Species and won an Oscar for his work on the former in 1980. His work is often surreal and nightmarish, leading some to classify it as disturbing. His most distinctive stylistic innovation is that of biomechanics, which depicts the connection between human forms and machines. For most of his career, Giger worked predominantly with what type of painting tool?

Last updated on Thursday, 5th February 2009

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