Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Offerings from the Atomic Museum

You may or may not know that Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to the Atomic Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate. They are in the process of renaming themselves the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History because I guess that is easier to promote. Yet despite the face lift, the following items are available from their gift shop:

Tee shirts commemorating the first A-bomb explosion, Trinity (Revelations, anyone?)

A set of five bomb blue prints including Fat Man and Little Boy

A variety of DVDs about the history of the bomb and bomb testing sites narrated by William Shatner (click here to listen to Shatner's latest venture, including his collaborative piece with Henry Rollins).

And inexplicably, under the category "Fun Stuff," with the description
Let your imagination run wild! You or someone you know (perhaps the child in you?) may love optical tricks, magnetics, glow-in-the-dark toys, mobiles, robots, or other intriguing items. Check out these selections that will keep you playing. Whether you're shopping for a child or for someone who has almost everything, you'll want to keep these for yourself!
there is a category for posters: "Decorate your bedroom, classroom, dorm room, or office with these neat and unusual posters!"

with items including a poster of the Nagasaki bombing

"Neat," huh?


Anonymous said...

If you're into this stuff, I highly recommend the 1982 venture called the Atomic Cafe which features tons of atomic age propaganda (including the famous "Duck and Cover" turtle) spliced in with "educational" material from the time.

Hmmm, I see that is in the list of DVDs you linked to. Oh well. I still recommend it. But then again, I like absurdist black humor.

As for William Shatner's new album "Has Been" all I can say is that it's awesome. I especially love the opening track, an amazingly good cover of Pulp's "Common People" featuring Joe Jackson.


Fixer said...

I was TDY to White Sands/Holloman AFB for a month. It's where I fell in love with the desert. It's a really cool place.

Travis (♀) said...

I'm feeling you both: Atomic Cafe, Has Beens, desert = cool; Atom bomb = not cool