Many people believe that a nuclear war is on the horizon and a couple scientists had one question to ask: what will happen to the beers?
That’s a good question, isn’t it?
Now, don’t get me wrong. A nuclear bomb is very deadly and can lead to thousands, maybe even millions of deaths and the last thing on our minds should be beer among all that carnage. But when all the dust is settled, sometimes the best way to take your mind off of all the grief, even for a second, is the indulgence of a tasty beer.
But would there be any drinkable beer among all that radiation? Well, according to Robert Krulwich, a blogger at NPR, lucky survivors of a nuclear war could still find beer among the rubble and drink it without fear of radiation poisoning.
Multiple nuclear bomb tests were conducted in the Nevada desert between 1945 and the late 1960s and one of those test, in particular, was called Operation Teapot which ultimately inspired the 1957 study “The effect of nuclear explosions on commercially packaged beverages”.
Operation Teapot was conducted in 1955 and saw the detonation of 14 nuclear bombs and at various distances from ground zero, cans and bottles of sodas and beers were “carefully placed”.
After the explosion, all the cans and bottles were tested by scientists and even though small levels of radiation were found in the beers nearest to ground zero, the scientists concluded that they were still drinkable — if it is absolutely necessary, of course. The ones further away from ground zero had less radiation. The scientists also drank the least irradiated beer themselves to “one up” their conclusion that it was, in fact, safe to drink.
Below is an excerpt from Krulwich’s post on NPR:
“[I]n 1956, the Atomic Energy Commission exploded two bombs, one ‘with an energy release equivalent to 20 kilotons of TNT,’ the other 30 kilotons, a test site in Nevada. Bottles and cans were carefully placed various distances from ground zero. …
“The closest containers were placed ‘less than a quarter mile away,’ says Alex [Wellerstein, a science historian], ‘a mere 1,056 feet’, the outliers a couple of miles off. Some were buried, some left in batches, others were placed side by side.”
So, when the world is in ruins and all hope is lost we can all still rely on beer being there for us.
What’s the lesson we can learn here?
You can always count on beer being there for you during the hard times.
Source: Business Insider