So, according to the repository of all human knowledge, today is the 38th anniversary of the Oregon Department of Transportation's...how shall I put this...failed attempt, to clean up the state's beaches...with explosives.
Long story short: big dead whale washes up on beach. ODOT is given the job of clearing the whale away because, apparently, roads and whales are both big things so the job obviously falls right into their area of expertise. After a period of serious thought, and with what must have been a fire-breathing boss breathing down their necks because homeowners are calling him annoyed about the stank emanating from an 8-TON DEAD WHALE, someone had an idea. As with many ideas, it was borne of desperation.
"Hey, lets blow it up and let the tide, seagulls and crabs clean up the mess."
Mass delusion follows and everyone else says, "Yeaaaah, that'll work."
In the end 1,000 pounds of explosives were used. Go here to see the video of the result. (I tried to upload the video, but Blogger hates me. The link you want is the fourth one down in the left column. Trust me, it's worth it.) Some of the other videos on the site, especially the 1984 and HAL ads and the one about Clinton's last days in office, are also well worth a look.
The video of the clean-up effort is even better than the video I posted this weekend.