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Old 07-20-2019, 9:11am   #1
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I laugh every time I watch this...

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Old 07-20-2019, 10:21am   #2
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they actually thought that was a good idea.
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I remember seeing that video before.
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Old 07-20-2019, 1:08pm   #5
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well, it seemed like a good idea...
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Whut?
What males among us as young boys didn’t do the same relative thing with firecrackers (then “Silver Salutes before M80’s) with toads, frogs and such?
Just sayin’
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I remember seeing that on the news.
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That was classic “hey watch this”
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That was classic “hey watch this”
Hold my beer.
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later in life, he got a job running a radio station in Cincinnati.....
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He never escaped the infamy

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Exploding-whale engineer George Thornton has died at age 84
Updated Oct 30, 2013; Posted Oct 30, 2013

Thornton, then an ODOT engineer got the job to come up with a plan to remove the whale. He would later complain that it fell to him because his colleagues had planned to go deer hunting -- "conveniently," as he said later in a newsletter.


Paul Linnman. As he says on his Facebook page, "Yes, I'm the whale guy."

"To be fair, they had plans to go, but this thing made them all the more anxious to go,'' Thornton said.

ODOT officials struggled with what to do with the whale. Rendering plants said no thanks. Burying was iffy because the waves would likely have just uncovered the carcass. It was too big to burn.

So the plan was hatched: Let's blow it up, scatter it to the wind and let the crabs and seagulls clean up the mess. So Thornton and his crew packed 20 cases of dynamite around the leeward side of the whale, thinking most of it would blow into the water. At 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, the plunger was pushed.

The whale blew up, all right, but the 1/4mile safety zone wasn't quite large enough. Whale blubber and whale parts fell from the sky, smashing into cars and people. No one was hurt, but pretty much everyone was wearing whale bits and pieces.

Thornton's legacy was sealed on film by a

KATU crew that included reporter Paul Linnman
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A whale of a tale.

"That doggone thing, the BBC said it is the sixth most-watched TV news report ever,'' Linnman said Wednesday. It's also one of the most-watched videos on YouTube, with at last 6 million views in its various incarnations.


During his interview with Linnman, Thornton said he was confident it would work, "but we're not sure just how much explosives it will take to disintegrate this thing so the scavengers -- seagulls and crabs and whatnot -- can clean it up."

Linnman said TV news was so serious at the time that he decided to have some fun with the story. After it blew, Linnman said the explosion "blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds."

Thornton always thought the media and Linnman in particular were unfair in their treatment of him. He worked for ODOT for nearly 40 years, from 1947 until his retirement in 1984, said ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton.

ODOT, safe to say, never blew up another whale. The current protocol is to bury the whale or have it removed. In 1979, when 41 whales beached themselves near Florence, chain saws were used to cut them up and they were then buried.

Linnman attempted to contact Thornton in 1995 for a 25th anniversary story through an ODOT spokesman, but Thornton declined. He told the ODOT spokesman to tell Linnman that "Every time I talk with the media it tends to blow up in my face."

Linnman said his news report made the national rounds and then the story took off as a pop culture phenomenon when humorist Dave Barry wrote a column in May 1990 about that day.


Linnman, now a radio host at KEX, said he tired of the notoriety the video brought him, but he has since come to celebrate its quirky popularity.

He lectures American students studying problem solving in Italy each year, and said that when he arrives, most of them inevitably have seen the YouTube video of the exploding whale. Linnman wrote a book on the subject, "

The Exploding Whale and Other Remarkable Stories from the Evening News,
" in 2003. There's even an

exploding whale website
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Oregon's governor also likes to needle Linnman.

"Every time a whale washes ashore I get a call from Governor Kitzhaber telling me to get down there,'' Linnman said. "He likes to watch the video when he needs cheering up."

-- Stuart Tomlinson

https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-n...dot_engin.html
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Seafood Splatter...
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Old 07-21-2019, 12:37pm   #13
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Old 07-21-2019, 7:00pm   #14
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Aww yeah, was a classic from the first time I saw it.
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Old 07-22-2019, 2:33am   #15
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In article he says "Every time I talk with the media it tends to blow up in my face."

My God, please stop. I can't breathe!!!
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