Monday, 13 July 2009

Hiroshima And Nagasaki - Then And Now

On 6th and 9th August 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The nuclear weapons were code-named 'Little Boy and 'Fat Man' respectively.
The bombs killed as many as 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki by the end of 1945, roughly half on the days of the bombings. Six days after the detonation over Nagasaki, on August 15th, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Powers, signing the Instrument of Surrender on September 2nd, officially ending the Pacific War and therefore World War II

The following pictures show the utter devastation immediately after the bombings in 1945 and also how the cities have been transformed to look the way they do today, 64 years on.

Thought For Today

Happy is the man with a wife to tell him what to do and a secretary to do it.
Lord Mancroft

Cat Nap

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Patrick Notley

I know very little about Patrick Notley, other than the fact he is German, a photographer and is autistic. I have searched the internet to try and find information about him, as I would very much like to have done a profile on him. The other thing I do know about him is that he has put together some of the most stunning photographs I have ever seen. They really are amazing and if you wish to see them for yourself click the link below, watch in full screen mode, and sit back and enjoy.

Witty Bits

The only reason people get lost in thought is because its unfamiliar territory.
Murderer? Well, that's a harsh word. I prefer to think of myself as a Mortality Technician.
Corduroy pillows: They're making headlines.
I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing noise they make as they go flying by.
The Bishop came to my church today. That guy was an imposter, he never once moved diagonally.
There is a time and a place for everything, and it's called college.

Today's Smile


Son asked his mother the following question:

"Mum, why are wedding dresses white?"The mother looks at her son and replies, "Son this shows your friends and relatives that your bride is pure."

The son thanks his Mum and goes off to double-check this with his father."Dad, why are wedding dresses white?"

The father looks at his son in surprise and says, "Son, all household appliances come in white."


Today's brainteaser is based on logic and requires you to make a connection between the numbers that appear in the story. Good luck! It is not easy!

A man wanted to get into a members only club so he hid and watched the guard at the door of the club house. The guard said a number to each member as they approached, and the member would respond with a number of their own. If the member responded with the correct number they were let in. If they responded incorrectly they were thrown out. One member came up to the door, the guard said twelve, and the member responded with six and he was let in. Another member came to the door, the guard said six, the member responded with three and he was let in. Believing he had heard enough, the reject went up to the guard. The guard said ten, and the reject said five, he was not let in. What should the reject have said?

As usual the answer will appear in tomorrow's Journal.