History of Nuclear Weapons

Can you guess these facts about the history of nuclear weapons?
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Last updated: August 13, 2021
First submittedAugust 13, 2021
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First country to possess nuclear weapons
United States
Country which was attacked with nuclear weapons during WWII
Cities which were attacked
Names of the bombs which were dropped
Little Boy
Fat Man
Elements which provided the fissile material used in those bombs
Name of the plane which dropped the first of those bombs
Enola Gay
What the A stands for in "A-Bomb"
What the H stands for in "H-Bomb"
The most powerful bomb ever tested
Tsar Bomba
Explosive yield of that bomb
50 Megatons
Name of the U.S. project to develop nuclear weapons
The Manhattan Project
Scientist referred to as the "father of the atomic bomb"
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Famous quote from the above, on the occasion of the first
successful nuclear bomb test
Now I am become Death,
the destroyer of worlds
Scientists who wrote a letter to FDR in 1939, warning him that Germans
might develop nuclear weapons (name either)
Leo Szilard /
Albert Einstein
Four letter term for a missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons
to a different continent
Term for the briefcase which holds the device that would allow
the U.S. President to authorize a nuclear attack
Nuclear football
Cloud of dust and debris that rises from an extremely large explosion,
such as one from a nuclear weapon
Mushroom cloud
Level 81
Aug 13, 2021
How many people got the letter-writing scientists because they thought the answer was the father of the atomic bomb? :)
Level 77
Aug 13, 2021
For a wee bit more balance, I think some questions about the disastrous effects of nuclear bombs would be good eg. how many people died in Hiroshima? what is MAD? etc. Maybe the name of the major global campaign against nuclear bombs (CND)? Or which country first went nuclear free? To me the questions about the names of the bombs are a bit offputting - see the film Hiroshima mon amour.
Level 74
Aug 13, 2021
Wouldn't South Africa be the only country to go nuclear free voluntarily?
Level 45
Aug 17, 2021
Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine all inherited nuclear weapons after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Level 81
Aug 13, 2021
Or the film "In This Corner of the World". Brilliant and harrowing without being sensationalist or melodramatic.
Level 51
Aug 17, 2021
To be fair, it's labelled 'The History of Nuclear Weapons', not 'Politics of Nuclear Weapons'. If you're put off by the names of the bombs, that's not really relevant; those were their names, as was the Tsar Bomba in 1961. It appears to me, and correct me if I'm wrong, that you're hinting at an attempt to normalise or possibly advocate nukes' use, for which there's no evidence here.

To me, treaties would be a much better addition than advocacy like the CND, which to me consists of a lot of nirvana fallacy thinking and moral relativism, and very little substance or realism in the quest to eradicate The Bomb. Why don't you make that quiz with, as you've suggested, 'more balance', though, instead of requesting the quizmaster amends this one? I'd love to take it, and I'm sure others here would too.

Level 74
Aug 17, 2021
To be fair, politics are part of history. Looking forward to a sequel, no matter who makes it :)
Level 67
Aug 14, 2021
Fascinating quiz, as usual.

Do you think it's a problem that Quizmaster featured in my dream the other night? Though I didn't *see* him of course - he was up a staircase, out of sight and earshot, maintaining his powerful aura of mystery. There was no way for a lowly soul like me to venture near. But somebody with a much higher JetPunk level than me, who had evidently earned permission to address the great oracle, did ascend the stairs to ask a question on our behalf and returned (of course) with the knowledge we required...

A glimpse into the true omniscience of the Quizmaster... or have I just been spending too long on this website?!

Level ∞
Aug 14, 2021
I'm not a psychologist but you might want to scale back your late-night JetPunk usage just a tad :)
Level 63
Aug 17, 2021
Quizmaster's infinity level is just an illusion! In reality he's only level 60!
Level 70
Aug 17, 2021
Shhhhh, that's a state secret! Let's hope Quizmaster doesn't sic his secret police on you... :)
Level 70
Aug 24, 2021
No, QM is just an evil AI that wants to use mankind as a backup of knowledge.
Level 59
Aug 14, 2021
Fun quiz, 16/20
Level 59
Aug 14, 2021
Might could add Los Alamos and Oak Ridge related questions, too. Oh, and name of first test (trinity).
Level 71
Aug 15, 2021
Level 63
Aug 17, 2021
Thank you OMD
Level 72
Aug 17, 2021
And Sting
Level 41
Aug 18, 2021
A sad and terrible period of history.
Level 17
Jan 28, 2022
really enjoyed this one
Level 58
Jul 24, 2022
Do you mean "have become" instead of "am become"?
Level 79
Aug 22, 2022
The quote is correct. Oppenheimer was quoting from the Hindu scripture the Mahabharata.