Feeling Down? At Least You Won't Be Remembered for Exploding a Whale, Poorly

40 Years Exploding Whale LogoIf you spend too much time on the Intertubes (raises hand), you've probably heard the story of George Thornton, the Oregon highway engineer who took lead on disposing of a whale carcass that had washed up on the beach.

Not familiar? Take a look:

Mr. Thornton died this week, and is remembered for his misguided attempt to use a great deal of TNT to explode the whale.

You'd like to think that if you make a little mistake like raining whale carcass bits for more than a quarter-mile, that 40 years would be enough to live it down. Apparently not.

Rest in piece, Mr. Thornton. You'll be remembered.

Author: Joe Brockmeier

Joe Brockmeier is a long-time participant in open source projects and former technology journalist. Brockmeier has worked as the openSUSE Community Manager, is an Apache Software Foundation (ASF) member, and participates heavily in the Fedora Cloud Working Group. Brockmeier works for Red Hat in the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) and manages the community team.

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