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Seventy-two years ago today, on July 16th, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was tested in a remote stretch of desert in south-central New Mexico known as the Trinity Site. This test occurred only weeks before two of them were dropped on Japan in an effort to end World War II. The mushroom cloud it created was seen for miles, and created an enormous crater in the ground. Today, all that remains of the birth of the atomic age is that crater (eroded to be mostly flat), the McDonald family’s ranch house where the bomb was assembled, and some strange green glass that was created by the detonation. This glass is strewn all across the crater, and every piece is the property of the U.S. government. It is also slightly radioactive. (We put it back down on the ground after examining it!)

This glass, called Trinitite, is found nowhere else in the world.

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Buttermilk and I visit the Trinity Site Where the World’s First Nuclear Device Was Exploded on July 16, 1945.

Due to high levels of radiation still present, the site (located in New Mexico) is only open to the public twice every year.

I’ve gone several times. These photos were taken this year in April with a black & white disposable camera stored in my fridge for the last ten years.

The site will be open next in October 2017.

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Trinity site exclusion zone fence. They have most of the area surrounding where the test happened cordoned off with a chain link fence topped with barbed wire. There is only a small road that leads to the inner fenced area around ground zero where people are alowed to walk. It was so tempting to try to wander out into the rest of the area!

April 1, 2017

A photo taken July 16, 1945 shows an aerial view after the first atomic explosion at the Trinity Test site in New Mexico. (Associated Press)

Alfred Eisenstaedt     Theoretical Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer     1947


“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.” J. Robert Oppenheimer (who was able to read Sanskrit and translated Sanskrit poetry as a hobby), recalling his thoughts on witnessing the explosion of the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico, 1945.

Creepypasta #1019: I Buy Antlers - All Kinds!

Length: Super long

CASH FOR ANTLERS! screamed the homemade cardboard sign at the side of the winding mountain road.

I slowed my car down to stare at it, immediately drawn in by the curious sight and enthusiastic words.

As a freelance photojournalist hoping to make it big with my portraits of the still-wild western United States, I was always on the lookout for all things strange, quirky and quaint. I’d soon discovered the remote mountain villages of New Mexico to be a goldmine for off-the-wall and unexpected gems.

In search of the perfect stories, I’d wandered among the blood-colored bluffs and cliffs, gathered sweet-scented sagebrush alongside wild horses, and scrambled across craggy lava flows that had buried the bones of ancient dinosaurs. I’d been blessed by medicine women and slept in haunted hotels. I’d even crawled into the dark hollows of allegedly haunted mine shafts in search of long-lost Spanish gold.

Even still, it was never good enough. After returning home, I’d often feel restless and unfulfilled, my blood hemorrhaging from some unseen cavern in my body. I’d dream of being taller than a mountain, burying my enormous hands into every cranny and every canyon, trailing my fingertips through the pallid white sand dunes, dipping my toes in the cold snowmelt streams. From above, my eyes would survey the landscape, its hills and arroyos as textured as the back of a horned lizard, and my dreamer’s heart would thrum and throb with love for my homeland, strange as it was.

But I’d never seen anything like this sign, a sudden flicker of civilization in the remote and untamed Jemez Mountains.

Such a fervent prayer for the severed, bony protrusions of hoofed mammals. I heard the prayer repeating, repeating, in the hidden folds of my mind.

What in the world would anyone want with antlers?

I parked my car in the gravel turnout, and slung my camera over my shoulder. I got out of the car and walked closer.

“Hey there,” came a voice from behind a parked pickup truck I hadn’t noticed until that moment. A man stood up from his canvas lawn chair he’d placed in the truck’s shade. “Have you got something to sell?”

“Ah,” I said. “No. I was just curious about the sign.”

“Curious?” the man said, slowly plucking pistachios and pinyons from a plastic bag. He cracked the nuts with his thumb, their dry shells plinking in the gravel like clipped fingernails.

“Why do you buy antlers?” I asked. “What sorts of antlers?”

“All kinds,” he said, simply, breezily, with the casual grace of an experienced salesman.

“I’m sorry to be rude or nosy,” I apologized. “I’m a journalist and photographer, and I’ve never seen anything like this. If I may ask, what do you do after you buy them?”

“I resell them, mostly,” he answered. “Tourists and locals like them for decoration. Some of them I carve into knife handles. I’ll take anything you’ve got. Deer, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, chamacorn. You know. Anything.”

“Wait. What?” I said. “What was that last one?”

“What?” he said. “Anything. I said I’ll take anything.”

“You said-“

He stared at me.

I looked back towards my car, and considered just walking away. But oh! I desperately wanted that photograph. Or at least, I wanted some sort of souvenir. Something to plug the hole in the bleeding depths of my secret heart.

The man beckoned to me.

“Come on up to the shed,” he said. “I’m sure I’ve got what you’re looking for.”

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Akame ga Kill

France, 1914.

Scene from Akame ga Kill Bill, 2003.

Akira

Greaser Motorcycle Gang, 1955.

Aldnoah Zero

France, 1944.

Amagi Brilliant Park

Disneyland opening day, 1955.

Attack on Titan

England, 1917.

New Mexico,1945.

Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1876.

Barakamon

Calligraphy studio, 1910.

Black Lagoon

Mekong Delta, Vietnam, 1968.

Scene from Desperado, 1995.

Casshern

Johnny Casshern, Newport Folk Festival, 1964.

Code Geass

Pizza Hut TV commercial, 1984.

Cowboy Bebop

Sinatra and Spiegel, 1957.

Danmachi

“The Catch” - F.W. Glasier circus photo, 1907.

Boshin War era Satsuma Clan Samurai admiring early example of Hestia fan art, 1867.

Death Note

Scene from Death Note Wish, 1974.

Death Parade

Last day of Prohibition, December 5, 1933.

Durarara!!

Chicago Speakeasy, 1924.

Evel Knievel and Celty Sturluson prepare for double jump at Ceasars Palace, Las Vegas, 1967.

Yalta Conference, February, 1945.

Times Square, New York, 1943.

Italy, 1944.

Cigarette ad, 1992.

Eureka Seven

Nikola Tesla, 1896.

Fate

The Bolshevik Revolution, 1917.

Baseball game, 1923.

Third inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1941.

Archer and Bogart, 1942.

Motorcycle ad, 1920s.

Scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail War, 1975.

FLCL

Kurt Cobain and Haruko Haruhara, 1993.

Full Metal Alchemist

Germany, 1917.

Roger Fenton Crimean War photograph, 1855.

Full Metal Panic!

F6F Hellcat on the deck of the USS Sable, 1945.

Gakkou Gurashi

Scene from Night of the Living Dead, 1968.

Gatchaman Crowds

“This was their finest hour-ssu.” London, 1940.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Riding bicycles in Central Park, 1940.

Ghost in the Shell

Las Vegas, Nevada, 1949.

Girls und Panzer

Normandy, France, 1944.

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?

Las Vegas, NV, Easter, 1952.

Gundam

Battle of Amiens, 1918.

Belgium, 1917.

Chuck Yeager, 1947.

The River Thames, London, 1958.

Scene from Top Gundam, 1986.

Hataraku Maou-sama

Dewey’s Malted Milk stand, Philadelphia, PA, 1941.

Hatsune Miku

B-24 Hatsune Miku Bomber Art, 1944.

Hibike! Euphonium

Dixieland Jazz Band, 1917.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Scene from The Shining, 1980.

Himouto! Umaru-chan

Coca Cola ad, 1947.

Hitsugi no Chaika

France, 1915.

The Battle of Stalingrad, 1942.

Hunter x Hunter

Holden Bros. Circus, c.1920.

Skateboarding with Tony Hawk, 1990.

Hyouka

Movie poster, 1967.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

John D. Rockefeller along with son John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Robert Edward O. Speedwagon, 1915.

Brando and Brando, 1963.

Scene from Indiana Jones and the Stardust Crusaders, 1989.

Maison Bonfils photograph of the Great Pyramid of Giza, circa 1869.

K-on!

Jimi Hendrix and Yui Hirasawa, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967.

Ritsu Tainaka playing with The Who, Monterey, CA, 1967.

Kantai Collection

Shirley Temple Kantai Collection card, 1934.

Japanese archers, c.1860.

Kill la Kill

England, 1918.

Milton Menasco, 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair.

Douglas High School Girls Basketball Team, 1920.

Harime Nui Mary Poppins Audition, 1964.

Eiffel Tower, 1922.

Rome, 1956.

Scene from Easy Rider, 1969.

Tea Time, 1930.

Berlin, 1945.

Scene from Fight Club, 1999.

Kuroko no Basket

Tetsuya Kuroko and Larry Bird, NCAA Championship game, 1979.

Log Horizon

Female Samurai, c.1895.

Love Live

Gallipoli, 1915.

Germany, 1918.

CBS Radio recording session, 1922.

μ’s performing at the Monterey Pop Festival, June 18, 1967.

Bikini Atoll nuclear test, 1948.

Shot from the silent film “Llama Drama”, 1919.

μ’s Atop A Skyscraper, 1932.

Fred Astaire and Honoka Kousaka, 1936.

Maki Nishikino and Maureen O'Hara, St. Patrick’s Day, 1940.

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1938.

Scene from Dr. Strangelove Live, 1964.

The Velvet Underground and Nico, 1966.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Battle of Verdun, 1916.

German delegation at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, 1919.

Empire State Building under construction, 1930.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series, 1967.

Polio patient enjoys his favorite magazine, 1955.

Hair salon displays new electric hair dryers, 1925.

Salvador Dali in Paris, 1969.

Alfred Hitchcock, 1972.

London Record shop, 1955.

The Great Blizzard, Boston, MA, 1888.

Time Magazine, April 8, 1966.

Monogatari Series

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1931.

Monster Musume

Scene from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, 1958.

Nanatsu no Taizai

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, 1958.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Amelia Earhart and Nausicaä, circa 1921.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

France, 1917.

France, 1918.

Germany, 1916.

Howard Hughes engaged in combat with the Angel Sachiel, 1935.

Trinity test site, July 1945.

Chrysler Building, 1936.

Einstein and Ikari, 1931.

James Dean and Asuka Langley Soryu, 1953.

Misato Katsuragi Budweiser ad, 1964.

London, 1969.

Sony Walkman ad, 1981.

The front page of today’s New York Post.

Sunglasses ad, 1960.

Nisekoi

Public screening as part of an election campaign in London, 1931.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953.

Psycho-Pass

Brooklyn NY, 1946.

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, 1994.

Scene from American Psycho-Pass, 2000.

Shirobako

Recording session at Capitol Records, 1948.

Space Dandy

Harrison Ford in cosplay on the set of Star Wars, 1977.

Aboard the Millennium Falcon, 1977.

Spirited Away

Peter Witt streetcar, Toronto, Ontario, 1928.

Steins;Gate

1st Academy Awards ceremony, May 16, 1929.

Computer ad, 1975.

Soft Drink ad, 1963.

Mayuri and Marley, 1976.

Scene from Star;Gate, 1994.

Suisei no Gargantia

Gargantia fleet near the Makin Atoll, 1943.

Super Sonico

Telephone switchboard operators, 1940.

Suzumiya Haruhi

SOS Brigade Chief Haruhi Suzumiya addressing a joint session of congress, May 1947.

Mikuru Asahina Jessica Rabbit screen test, 1988.

Haruhi Suzumiya and Cream, Royal Albert Hall, London, 1968.

Berlin Wall, 1988.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Belgium, 1915.

John and Yoko Bed-in, 1969.

Coal Miners in Scranton, PA, 1902.

St. Louis, Missouri, November 4, 1948.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun

England, 1915.

Nikola Tesla experiment, 1899.

Tonari no Totoro

Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain, 1952.

Yoru no Yatterman

Pipe Tobacco ad, 1924.

Yuri Kuma Arashi

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1924.

Yuru Yuri

Walt Disney, 1928.

“In July of 1945, the United States was in the final stages of developing a powerful and deadly new weapon - the Atomic Bomb. Here, Los Alamos director J. Robert Oppenheimer is seen in silhouette as he oversees final assembly of "The Gadget”, the first nuclear device to be detonated, at the Trinity test site in New Mexico.“

(US DoD)