More bomb shelters!

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People who visit here (of which I assume there are none) will know that I occasionally rant about how cool bomb shelters are. Dad put me onto this excellent article about the Swiss:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/6347519.stm

Under Swiss law, local governments are required to provide shelter spaces for everyone, and in the early 1970s Lucerne was short by several thousand. The new Sonnenberg motorway tunnel, just being built, seemed a neat solution: kit it out as a nuclear shelter as well and it could hold 20,000 people.

The monstrous Sonnenberg shelter though, is being gradually dismantled. But not because it has finally been deemed unnecessary: no, no, the real problem is those 350 tonne blast doors. When they were tested, they would not shut.

Yet another stop on my eventual bomb shelter tour of the world.

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Random fact for the day

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This came up in a conversation at work (believe it or not). The bikini (as in the swimsuit) is named after the French nuclear testing in the Pacific (as in bombing the living shit out of the Bikini Atoll). I have proof:

The modern bikini was invented by engineer Louis Reard in Paris in 1946 (introduced on July 5), and named after Bikini Atoll, the site of nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, on the reasoning that the burst of excitement it would cause would be like the atomic bomb.

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