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No way to clean a "fish"..........

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Chee-to, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Nov 27, 2013 · WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Authorities removing the dead whale on the North Atlantic's Faroe Islands hit a gas bubble, which burst with devastating results.

  2. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    So does anybody remember the exploding whale on an Oregon beach in the seventies? A whale washed ashore, and the authorities figured if they packed it with dynamite and lit the fuse, it would magically disappear. Magically, the only thing that happened is it spread smaller pieces of whale over a much larger area. I'll see if I can find an old video, as KATU is quite proud of it.


    This is 3 minutes and 40 seconds worth watching.:thumbup:


    Here's more...

    PORTLAND, Ore. - The man who made the decision to blow up a dead whale on the Oregon coast - in a blunder that will forever be a legendary footnote in the state's history - has passed away.

    His name was George Thornton and he was a highway engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) at the time. He died Sunday at age 84 in Medford.

    After a dead whale washed up in Florence in November of 1970, ODOT, with Thornton at the lead, came up with a plan to get rid of it. The idea was to blow it up into tiny pieces and let the seagulls take it from there.

    But it didn't work out as planned. Instead, giant pieces of blubber were sent flying into the air. The blubber rained down on the immediate area and a large piece even landed on a car.

    And for those who were there, including a young Paul Linnman (who was reporting for KATU News at the time) the stench was incredible. Linnman has even said that he can still smell it to this day.

    Thornton shied away from the media afterwards and Linnman said he never talked to him again following his one and only interview with the engineer on the day of the explosion.

    "I think he thought that he was made to look a little foolish in our story," Linnman said. "And that was definitely never my intent."

    "We had some fun with the story," Linnman added, "But we didn't want to point a finger at somebody who'd made a mistake. And I think that Mr. Thornton thought that he was kind of the butt of the joke, if you will."

    Thornton had actually been handed the task of dealing with the whale while his bosses were out.

    "The thing that has never really been told is the fact that he was kind of left hanging, holding the bag that day," Linnman said. "It was the start of hunting season that weekend and his superiors - the district manager for ODOT and the second man - went on a hunting trip."

    Of course, there was a lesson learned in all of this - you can't simply blow up a dead whale and hope the problem will go away. Or if you are going to blow it up, perhaps you should use more dynamite.

    "They used a half-ton of dynamite," Linnman said. "But the Navy says they didn't use enough. If you really wanted to vaporize that thing, you needed to use more."

    There's a famous line from Linnman's report in 1970 where he says "it might be concluded that should a whale ever wash ashore in Lane County again, those in charge will not only remember what to do, they'll certainly remember what not to do."
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  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yea you left out that the whale then stunk up the whole area for weeks as it rotted. A chunk even wasted a station wagon parked some distance away.

    That was brought to you by the morons at the Hwy Dept if I remember correctly.
  4. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    there is a vid showing one that blew up while being transported through I think a Japanese city.
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  5. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I'll bet that smelled bad.
  6. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Yup, its a total classic. Paul Linnman was the perfect person to cover it.
  7. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    On the North Jetty Beach in Florence, Oregon..... And, yes... it was ODOT!
  8. Sstrand

    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    I hope he was from Green Peace.

  9. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Remember it well.
    We laughed for 10 years over that one.
  10. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo Scappoose Active Member

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    Didnt the governers caddy get smashed by a large chunk of that thing.
  11. Cheesemaker

    Cheesemaker Tillamook Active Member

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    My BIL's old man was there telling them it was a stupid idea. You can see him on the video at one point.