Worldwide controversy has been generated recently from several court decisions in the United States which have restricted popular magazines from printing articles which describe how to make an ATOMIC BOMB. The reason usually given by the courts is that National Security would be compromised if such information were generally available. But, since it is commonly known that all of the information is publicly available in most major Metropolitan Libraries, obviously the court's officially stated position is covering up a more important factor; namely, that such atomic devices would prove too difficult for the average citizen to construct. The United States cannot insult the vast majorities by insinuating that they do not have the intelligence of a cabbage, and thus the "official" press releases claim National Security as a blanket restriction.
The rumours that have unfortunately occured as a result of widespread mis-information can (and must) be cleared up now, for the construction project this month is the construction of a thermonuclear device. Which will hopefully clear up any misconceptions you might have had about such a project. We will see how easy it is to make a device of your very own in ten easy steps, to have and to hold as you see fit, without annoying interference from the government of courts.
The project will cost between $5,000 and $30,000 depending on how fancy you want the final product to be. Since last weeks column, "Let's make a time machine", was received so well in the new step-by-step format, this weeks column will follow in the same format.
The device basically works when the detonated TNT compresses the Plutonium into a critical mass. The critical mass then produces a nuclear chain reaction similar to the domino chain reaction. The chain reaction then promptly produces a big thermonuclear reaction, and there you have it, a 10 megaton explosion!!
In next months column, we will learn how to clone your neighbour's wife in six easy steps. This project promises to be an exciting weekend full of fun and profit. Common kitchen utensils will be all you need. See you next month!!
Date: Sun, 7 May 2000 13:19:57 +0200 From: Emiel Suilen <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Construction Project: ATOM BOMB page I saw your page concerning building a Nuclear weapon, and there are some serious errors in it. First of all: you can never get a 10 Megaton explosion with a pure fission weapon. Such an explosion can only be achieved if you use a fission-fusion-fission device. (The Tellar-Ulam device is the one generally used) Also, your device isn't a thermonuclear weapon, since it only "splits" the atoms of the Plutonium. Weaponsgrade Plutonium is Pu-239, and you can order it at the ORNL isotopes divison for $4.64/mg, with a purity higher than 99.99%. Your method of handling the Plutonium is crazy at least, because it has the strange chemical quality if shrinking when it's tempeture rises. This may cause a nuclear reaction, if it's critical mass is reached. A explosion won't occur, but the immediate area will be bombarded with neutrons, killing all the biological life within 2 days. To avoid this, it is advisable to mix the Plutnium with Gallium. If you need more information concerning the construction of nuclear weapons, I advise you to look at the Nuclear Section of www.fas.org With regards, Emiel Suilen
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 20:09:01 -0800 (PST) From: chris J <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org I don't much concern about your joke site, but your how to build a nuke isn't probably the smartest thing to have on right now. To many people want to nuke us who if could, would. I personally don't want to see a nuclear war break out, and it's your site, I just wanted to say if thats real you shouldn't have it on.
(Nov 17, 2001) I hadn't realised where this was from until it showed up in a Taliban hideout in November 2001: http://www.dailyrotten.com/archive/159929.html for the full story :)