In 1970, the Oregon Department of Transportation decided to blow up a dead whale that had washed up on a beach. 6:41 video, cued to 2:43
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Have no fear. California has dispatched a pod of skilled tree-huggers and they are going to collect all the pieces and sew the whale back together whereupon it will be given a decent christian burial and commemorated with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Pixar is planning a movie titled "Boomer, The Pieceful Whale"
There is a bill in the assembly in Sacramento to close the border with Oregon in retaliation for their disrespect for animals. Oregon has sent a delegation to Sacramento to encourage passage of the bill.
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25 years ago when I read the Dave Barry's piece on the whale I could not stop laughing for what seemed like an hour. Every few years I'd return to it and like again last night it was worth a good laugh. One line of his will always stay with me .... "I am probably not guilty of understatement when I say that what follows, on the videotape, is the most wonderful event in the history of the universe." Dave Barry.
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I once came across a published scientific paper in which the authors had a grant to determine how much explosive it takes to obliterate a horse carcass. The issue being when a packhorse died on the trail a long way back in the wilderness the carcass became a magnet for any handy bears. Along comes some hiker and the interaction between them and the bear protecting his "kill" could get interesting. I forget how much dynamite it took but several carcasses were blown up before the optimal dose was found. I thought it pretty funny and I often wondered if it was ever used in real life. Just imagine walking down a trail, finding a crater and then noting the surrounding ares being covered in strawberry jam like material..That moments before a hungry and ticked off bear shows up.
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