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June 15, 2007

David: Inside History

It was inevitable that a cloud of black humor enveloped Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. The men working there knew, better than the people who had put them to work, exactly what they might unleash. With the pressures they were under, any form of release they could find was welcomed.

Pranks abounded, from setting off the air raid sirens during the critical mass experiments to replacing uranium cores with modeling clay when the brass came to visit.

Not even Oppenheimer was immune. Whenever he went to his lab, he hung a sign on his office door saying, “Gone Fission.”

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