Continuing our week of interesting video clips involving dynamite – things I encountered while researching that substance for my new Western novel – here’s a piece of history.
The video of a dead whale being blown up on an Oregon beach has been described as the most-viewed in history (or the fifth most viewed, depending on whose statistics you believe). However, many of the copies of it online have been edited or ‘enhanced’, which spoils the fun, IMHO.
A few years ago, on the fiftieth anniversary of the television station that originally broadcast that footage, a presenter interviewed the reporter who’d covered the story, and played the original report exactly as it was shown at the time.
I still want to know who calculated that they needed twenty cases (!!!) of dynamite. How on earth did someone come up with that figure? That’s a hell of a bang! (Yes, yes, I know – it was probably some anonymous of-fish-ial somewhere!)