Duck and Cover

Submitted by: buddy 11 years ago in Entertainment

The film they played to children in the 1950s to tell them what to do in the case of nuclear war.
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Male 373
im not sure if the duck and cover technique was actually designed for self protection, but more so as a way to keep the chaos of an A bomb down to a minimum. There`s not real way for the average person to protect themselves against that, other than to get to your basement, hide under something strong and heavy and hope for the best
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Female 9,475
Those government-issued clothes and plywood must really work.
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Female 1,199
Atomic sunburn.
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Male 5
K, so I hide under my flammable wood desk, right?
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Male 358
Great. The combination of low-to-the-ground-ization and cute-cartoon-ism will protect me and my family from 20,000 Rads blasting our way!
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Male 626
The best thing to do would be stand up with your arms out and hope for a quick death. If you are in the blast zone but not to close so you are dust then hope for a passing tree to take your head off because it is that or die slowly for radiation poisoning. If you could have survived but you didn`t then you wouldn`t know it...
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Female 28
i guess `duck and cover` wouldnt work well in a prison shower room.
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Male 92
The Russians targeted an atom bomb on my house once. Luckily, I survived by hiding under a newspaper.
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Female 65
dont the effects from a #n atomic bomb last/stay around for about 52 million years aftyer the explosion? i cant remember the exact number, but 52 seems nice enough.
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Male 19
Right. Ducking can save you from debris, but 85% of deaths by an atom bomb come by radiation a few months/years later.. Gamma radiations traspass mostly everything.
So conclusion:
If you see a flash. You are drated up.
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Female 60
Actually, there are three kinds of radiation: Alpha Particles (which CAN be stopped by paper)
Beta Particles (which can be stopped with glass)
Gamma Rays (stopped by lead)
The best thing you could do if there was an atomic `flash` would be to run toward it, because that would be a whole hell of a lot more comfortable way to die than wasting away from 97% 3rd degree burns or lukemia.
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Female 28
radical! rude is more like it, ev1 entiled to there own answers on here :)
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Male 142
*ducks and covers near a 1 foot high wall and puts newspaper on head. YAY even if it hits me I will be safe :)
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Male 462
Osprey39 - Yes, I agree, I`m a little radical :(
And finally someone noticed what my login means.
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Male 10,440
I agree with Wookie12, but it a huge turn off to see that hes from the wastern US after you read his too-well-known rant.

And MysticRose your an idiot, if an atomic bomb exploded near you of course you wount survive. This is the best thing pple can do. They dont have the time to dig out a fallout shelter 1km deep then run in there...

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Male 203
What`s worse anyway? Getting blasted or slowly disintegrated by radiation?
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Male 1,407
I`m not saying walls won`t help you. I`m saying hiding under a desk won`t.
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Female 2,244
Weird how I saw parts of this video in a music video or something before.
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Male 169
ur basically screwed if ur in a schoolbus
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Male 2
I don`t think you understand how the bomb works, but that is okay most people don`t. When it explodes radiation goes flying and covers everything. If you are behind a wall, that will stop some of the radiation from hitting you. After this point the radiation is no longer acting like an explosion, it has covered every particle imaginable. Therefore it is no longer helpful to hide under the desk. This is where the fallout takes place, and it is a whole different talk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fal...

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Male 1,407
Uh...in order to be saved from the radiation, you`d have to hide under more than a desk...for a long time. It`s estimated that in Hiroshima 70,000 people died from the blast alone.
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Male 2
It is funny to me, how misinformed all of you are. The whole part of the "duck and cover" would help you if a nuclear bomb exploded. Most people do not die from the explosion of the atom bomb, most people die from the radiation. That is why ducking and covering is so important. A wall will stop some of the radiation from hitting you, along with laying on the ground. The only error made is the fact that if you can see the flash, you are dead anyway.
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Male 2,519
I just realise I wasn`t that bored actually.
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Male 1,407
Gregor Samsa, go turn into a giant bug and be abandoned by your family to die all alone.

You`re entitled to your views, but it would be nice if you presented them with some civility.

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Female 2
Wasn`t it funny that that guy on the tractor just kinda flew himself right under it... did he think to turn off the key??
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Female 395
ducking and covering wont save your a$$ shheeshh.. .. kinda sad though to see how backwards their thinking was back then... your a$$ would be toast !! and covering up with a picnic blanket or newspaper.. yeahh that will Really save your a$$ N O T T T T !!!!
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Male 42
^omfg poo wth is that its supposed to be s-h-i-t
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Male 42
("I just can`t believe I`ve read this! You americans are so focking stupid, you think you are the only ones who are human and the other people are just a bunch of evil aliens ready to attack you!
It`s only OBVIOUS that a russian felt the same way you did and, in fact, his fear was even more justified cause you stupid a$$hole americans had nuclear dispositives right near them (in Turkey, or something).
I feel really sorry that the russian plans for imputing missiles in Cuba to destroy america didn`t work. If it had, you wouldn`t`ve been borned and you wouldn`t have said this kind of SH|IT!
People just ain`t no good, specially americans!"
He was just saying its weird to think that the people we are scared of are also scared of us just the same.)actually i think he just didnt understand the meaning"world war" and every1 either hated other countries or were scared the poo out of from other countries back then

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Male 363
*Emberassed that he was actually instructed to duck and cover for air raids in school.
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Male 279
omg... "duck and cover... cover the back of your neck with your face" wtf! how is that possible
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Male 10,440
Dont forget kids, if the glass beaks it WILL cut you. If the bomb explodes right on your building then you WILL die. Unless you duck and cover lalala lalalaaaa

Sheesh this is some old cold war video. I guess that was before Satelite-based integrated defense laser networks. And it was totally useless in the end.

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Female 501
*sings* Duck and cover. i wouldnt want to duck and cover on that school bus was an atom bomb goes off.
it was hardly drive straight as it was! *Duck and cover*
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Male 66
They should of showed this film to the Japs.
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Male 54
Because if you school gets hit with an atom bomb then a little piece of wood is going to save you. Did anyone count how many times he said Duck and Cover? Song doesn`t count.
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Female 10
I spent 25 years of my life wondering why my parents were so nurotic...now I know why.
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Female 263
"I just can`t believe I`ve read this! You americans are so focking stupid, you think you are the only ones who are human and the other people are just a bunch of evil aliens ready to attack you!
It`s only OBVIOUS that a russian felt the same way you did and, in fact, his fear was even more justified cause you stupid a$$hole americans had nuclear dispositives right near them (in Turkey, or something).
I feel really sorry that the russian plans for imputing missiles in Cuba to destroy america didn`t work. If it had, you wouldn`t`ve been borned and you wouldn`t have said this kind of SH|IT!
People just ain`t no good, specially americans!"

He was just saying its weird to think that the people we are scared of are also scared of us just the same.


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Male 462
And, please, if you`re forty years old, go look after your focking children, you goddamn imbecile!
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Female 263
The glass will break and CUTchyou!!

My sub teacher was talking about how he was taught this in school. He thought it was pointless though.

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Male 462
I`m the one who thinks.
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Male 459
To: gregor_samsa
From: the Americans
RE: Your last post

Who the fu.ck are you?

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Female 222
thats sorta funny and creepy at the same time. to think that that was a major threat on people`s minds back then....
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Male 1,808
I saw a parody of this with ness characters,it was funny at some parts but its kinda creepy.as for this now I know where it came from.
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Female 264
Ok, am I the ONLY one that it didn`t turn out for? probably bad cable, oh well
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Female 106
I was just about to say that happy hippie.

The atom bomb was such a major threat to them that to avoid mass panic they had to give some way that people could feel safe. Even if it wouldn`t have eliminated the danger of the atom bomb, it definately would have made it more likely that you would have survived.

A girl I knew recently died in a terrorist attack. She was obliterated by the explosion as she was running towards it. Her sister who was further back and likely not running towards it got hit with the debris and was flown backwards breaking a few bones. It`s not quite the same, but the person in the safer position survived.

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Female 140
minicow it gave them some way to feel safe
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Male 462
But I like the little movie and the way it is TOTTALY innocent.
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Male 462
"An older friend of mine went to Russia recently. He got to talking with someone of similar age and the subject of the atom bomb came up. The Russian gentleman explained that they got the same films, and assumed that the big, bad USA was going to blow them up any minute. It`s interesting to know that they felt the same way back then."
I just can`t believe I`ve read this! You americans are so focking stupid, you think you are the only ones who are human and the other people are just a bunch of evil aliens ready to attack you!
It`s only OBVIOUS that a russian felt the same way you did and, in fact, his fear was even more justified cause you stupid a$$hole americans had nuclear dispositives right near them (in Turkey, or something).
I feel really sorry that the russian plans for imputing missiles in Cuba to destroy america didn`t work. If it had, you wouldn`t`ve been borned and you wouldn`t have said this kind of SH|IT!
People just ain`t no good, specially americans!
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Female 13
defenitely a little chilling...
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Female 338
Well...that was rather depressing and chilling and vaguely terrifying. Thanks!
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Female 123
for the atomic clock arent we at 16 minutes

oh i didnt watch the whole thing short at....umm

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Female 48
An older friend of mine went to Russia recently. He got to talking with someone of similar age and the subject of the atom bomb came up. The Russian gentleman explained that they got the same films, and assumed that the big, bad USA was going to blow them up any minute. It`s interesting to know that they felt the same way back then.
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Female 158
that`s incredibly interesting actually
It`s amazing how useless ducking and covering actually is thought
bless them
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Female 220
kinda freaky, kinda scary, kinda sad.
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Female 358
intersting,i don`t think i`d have the instant reactions like they did when they saw the flash lol
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Male 13
duck and what?
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Male 1,407
Minicow, it`s only effective if you are outside a certain radius (with which most modern nuclear weapons would be rather large--much more than 500 yards).
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Male 12
I think I saw someone wearing an armband with the Star of David on it :O
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Male 203
Why do you think your government stopped with this propaganda? They might be a bit more subtle and clever, but hey! They still do it. Anyone remember you`re at war right now? And the reason why?

It`s time to come out from your covers now...

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Male 22
No, the main forms of energy released by an atomic explosion are UV, visible light, and thermal radiation. The bomb itself does not vaporize, its the combined effects that do. When a building is burnt and hit with 400 mph winds, a little desk inside aint gonna do anything. Also, if you "see a flash", thats the last thing you will see as it will blind you.
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Male 5
Imagine what hell it was when they invented flashing cameras..:/
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Female 1,784
aw man i uuuber love the 40`s and 50`s I wish I was a teen in those years
lol at the end they were showing the class again and there was a boy in the corner off the film picking his nose lol
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Male 16
Man those people were fast! i thought that guy on the tractor was going to get run over!!!!

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Female 70
I found the way he kept saying "the glass will break and cut you" very amusing.
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Male 318
it was funny how he kept saying Duck And Cover
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Female 6
lol, no one would act as quickly as them ppl, they were well expecting the flash! Especially that guy on the tractor.
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Male 59
Once more, say it with me: DUCKING AND COVERING WILL HELP, THE THREAT IS NOT RADIATION AND HEAT, IT`S THE LIGHT AND DEBRIS.
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Female 192
Ah, I love the old stuff. I started bouncing along to the music right at the start.
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Male 1,149
Im sure the radiation won`t go through the newspaper. :-)
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Male 20
why don`t they make more films like this. If there was a slight atomic danger i know i`d like to see this to feel safe.
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Female 1,944
i saw this at a museum and it was so sad what they were teaching their kids....if an atom bomb goes off...jumping into the middle of the street wont help....it makes me sad
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Female 412
It`s very scary that people back then had to be ready (aka anticipate) ALL the time just in case of an atomic bomb attack.
Sure, covering yourself with a newspaper or something like that might not help....but i`ts better then just standing there. Every little bit helps right?
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Male 59
The newspaper would still be helpful, burns from the flash are still one of the major dangers, a newspaper could save you from a bad burn on your neck.
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Male 1,225
Amusing. I agree with Minicow though, it`s better than doing nothing. But there is nothing you can do if you are out in the open and see the flash... then you`re screwed... and the newspaper wouldn`t do anything...
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Male 285
Lewis Black does a funny bit about thisn
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Female 65
Did anyone else notice a Hitler look-a-like sliding down the fireman pole at the biginning?
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Male 59
Why is it people think ducking and covering is useless? Nuclear bombs don`t vaporize everything, if you`re within 500 yards they might, but the main threat is debris, and when a tree comes flying in the window would you rather be standing or lying down with your neck covered?
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Male 1,407
They just did this to placate all the stupid parents.
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Male 97
Wait a minute. Are you saying that this won`t really save me if the Russians attack us with atomic bombs?

All these years of a false sense of security. I feel so vulnerable!

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Male 189
Yeah.. imagine the innocence, the kids belived they could hide under their tables to survive an atom bomb..
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Male 28
So wait... are we all going to be supplied with shells 0.0
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Male 94
rofl. what an educational film! now i know to dive in the middle of the street if i see a big flash! thanks bert the turtle! :D
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Female 122
So first it was "Duck and Cover!", and now it`s "Duct tape!" in case we`re attacked. Wow, we`ve come a long way in realistic thinking, haven`t we? B-|
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Female 19
Well I guess now I know what to do in case of an atom bomb... cover myself in a newspaper :-)

All together now...

Duck and Cover!

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Male 244
ive seen this years ago

i was watching jepardy or som show and they asked about this cartoon and what animal was in it, and they didnt know it was a turtle LOL

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Male 10,115
Link: Duck and Cover [Rate Link] - The film they played to children in the 1950s to tell them what to do in the case of nuclear war.
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