Also, the Radioactive man catch phrase, was it not "Up and at them"? The idea being it would be said in the shortened form, 'Up and at 'em' and thus it would sound like, "Up and atom".
I have vague memories of an episode where Rainier Wolfcastle struggled with it and kept saying "Up and at them". Happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.
Rainier: Up and at them!
Coach: Up and atom!
Coach: [annoyed] Up and atom!
Rainier: [louder] Up and at them!
Coach: [covers his eyes] Better."
See Merriam-Webster's FAQ on nuclear.
There was a study I came across a few years ago that looked at people's opinions on nuclear power. It found a statistically significant correlation (I don't recall the exact figures) that people who pronounced it 'nucular' were more likely to be opposed to nuclear power plants, and people who pronounced it 'nuclear' were more likely to be comfortable with them.
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