atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3905: Well, that was...neat.

Last night Mrs. Fungus wasn't hungry after a bad day at work, but I needed something for dinner, so I found a chicken breast in the freezer and threw together some stir-fry.

I should have left out the soy sauce.

Chicken, onion, green pepper, mild banana pepper, carrot and cabbage, with 1 TBSP of Szechuan sauce and 2 TBSP of stir-fry sauce--it would have been great if I hadn't added 1 TBSP of soy. (Or, conversely, I could have added a TBSP or so of brown sugar....) The sauces are thick and need a bit of thinning to pour well, but water would have sufficed.

Seems like, of late, my salt detector is on overdrive anyway. Or maybe the manufacturers of these things are merely adding less spice to their sauces, and adding more salt to disguise this. What I do know is that soy sauce is primarily brine, and adding that to an already-salty mix is not a good idea. *sigh*

Still, what I created last night was pretty tasty stuff. I ate it all.

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It turns out that if you want a fuzzy navel but don't have any orange juice--and do have orange Crush (or diet)--you can make a fizzy navel that tastes just fine.

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Season five of Lost--

Ep 3, "Jughead", includes a scene where Daniel Faraday has to contend with a hydrogen bomb. Since season 5 is the "Lost time-travel extravaganza", it's 1954 when this scene takes place.

The bomb is hanging in a gantry, and the outer casing is cracked, so it's leaking radiation. When I saw what it looked like, I said disgustedly, "Why didn't they just have a big black sphere with a fuze coming out of it, labeled 'BOMB'?"

Picture at this Lostpedia entry which you should only consult if you don't want to read all kinds of spoilers.

As for me, I'm trying to figure out how a 10-megaton hydrogen bomb could be that dangerously radioactive. None of the components of a typical thermonuclear bomb are so radioactive that you must stay a long way away from it lest you die; in fact, in the 1950s, they were large weapons because they incorporated a plutonium implosion bomb and a casing of U-238, surrounded by lithium 6, with a plutonium core called the "spark plug" by Edward Teller.

The environment around a nuclear warhead in the process of detonating is pretty thick with neutrons, and you smack lithium with enough neutrons and you're going to get tritium and deuterium out of it, enough to make fusion happen. The Teller-Ulam design takes advantage of that fact, which is why the secondary casing is made of U-238. It doesn't have to be hotter than that.

Anyway, in 1954--two years after the first successful test of a thermonuclear device--they would not have been testing something that was obviously desgined to be air-dropped--and even if they had, it would not have been hanging there like a pinata. Hence my reaction.

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Crap, it's almost 2. I have places to go and things to accomplish. Later!

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