Interesting Stuff About 1950s United States History

The Cold War. A time of uncertainty and, in some cases, borderline hysterical terror in the United States. I love fallout shelters, and find it fascinating that many private citizens have built them in their backyards. Even more interesting is the amount of resources the U.S. Government put into the creation and stocking of fallout shelters meant to protect a select group of citizens from nuclear fallout in the event of an atomic bomb attack by the Soviet Union.ย 
I happened to mention phenobarbital (a barbituate used in some cases to treat seizures in dogs) while talking with my dad one day and he asked me, “Do you have any idea why they would stock pile that in fallout shelters?” I wondered how he knew it was kept in the shelters and he said that my grandfather had once been in the basement of a government building in the 1970s when they had abandoned the shelters and had supplies from them littering a hallway. He saw a box labeled, “Medical Kit” and picked it up casually and walked out with it. Inside he found various first aid supplies, along with a large bottle containing 500 tablets of phenobarbital. There are of course various implications, mostly worrying, for why a first aid type kit would have an enormous supply of barbituates. I did a little reserach into it and found this website:

http://www.civildefensemuseum.org

This is a fascinating look at the fallout shelter plan – including the estimated “2 week stay” that would be required inside the shelter (are we sure it would be safe to go outside only 2 weeks after a nuclear blast? :P) The amount of food provided was only sufficient for 2 weeks, however. Sure enough, under the meidcal kits supplies there were listed in kit A, 1 bottle of 500 pheno tablets and in kit C, 3 bottles with 1000 tablets each! Kit C was for about 300 people, kit A for 50-65 people.

As far I could deduce, the phenobarbital was kept in order to calm down the people who were experiencing hysteria, or “freaking out”. Or, possibly as a last-ditch suicide effort in the event that leaving the shelter was impossible and starvation imminent.ย 

It is both tragic and intensely interesting to study this period in history, and also to relate it to the modern civil defense (*ahem*, “Homeland Security”) tactics, like the TSA. If only Trey Parker and Matt Stone had been around in 1950…

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Having fun with BloodBowl

As some of you may know, I have been involved in a BloodBowl tournament for about 5 weeks now. It’s been a lot of fun.

The teams were randomly assigned and I was assigned Ogres. Not knowing anything about the game, I decided to take them, even though I was warned it was “a challenging” team to play. I would later find out this was a bit of an underestimation – Ogres are probably the most difficult, or close to it, team to play.ย 

Yet I’ve been having a lot of fun with my misfit team, despite having no wins yet! (I did have one draw). I played several practice matches before the Random Cup tournament began, so including those and the Cup matches, I have 7 games of BloodBowl under my belt. All with Ogre team ๐Ÿ˜›

The funniest thing ogres can do is throw their stunty teammates, the snotlings. However, this never seems to work out well for me. The last few games I have tried to persuade an ogre to throw one of the little fellows farther down the pitch so I can get away from the terrifying opponents who are eyeing the snotlings as though they are cookies. Yet the ogre, from either a surplus of enthusiasm or a lack thereof, simply drops the snotlingย behindย him. So, yea, big guy…you uh..threw himย backwards. Wrong way, dude.ย 

Then there is the matter of bonehead….

“Duuhh..what was that you wanted me do? Me not remember. Me stand.”

STUPID OGRE I AM YELLING AT YOU TO TACKLE THAT WOODELF!! KNOCK HIM DOWN!! KILL HIM!ย 

“What is long haired dancing guy doing? Duuhh..me too confused. Me just stand here now. Uhh…elf guy ran past me.”

…..stupid. Ogre.

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I can only imaging what the snotlings must think of the ogres. The snotlings are not especially intelligent themselves, but they are at least capable of following coach’s simple instructions. Ha, it’s also funny to think of the horrified looks on their faces when I ask an ogre to pick them up and toss them somewhere! Especially since it usually ends in the snotling getting badly hurt. ๐Ÿ˜›

If you haven’t caught any of my BloodBowl escapades yet, the matches air with live commentary by SpiffySquee (http://www.youtube.com/user/SpiffySquee) and Piph0 (http://www.youtube.com/user/Piph0ย on Sundays and Mondays. The times vary but if I remember to, I send a Tweet when they are about to start. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

You can also catch the recorded matches later on Piph0’s channel, and of course my matches on my channel, or on the channels of my opponents. But…watch them on my channel ๐Ÿ˜›