8 /10 Use The Dynamites

Lots were cast, and it was decided that dynamites be used (of course, we are kidding about the lots) to disintegrate the whale carcass.

George Thornton, the engineer in charge of the operation, said in an interview that he was unsure of the amount of dynamites needed to blast the whale into smaller bits.

Later, a charge of about 450kg of dynamite was settled for. An expert was reported to have considered this too much for the job, but his counsel was ignored. The consequences were evident in the aftermath of the explosion.


7 /10 Sadly, It Didn't Work

Although George Thornton described the whale explosion as a success later, many would beg to disagree. The purpose of the blast was to make it easier for the carcass to be discarded.

Still, the events of that day can’t be evidence of such intended success. A large chunk of the corpse remained on the beach after the explosion, which officials of the highway division had to clean up.

Not only that, following the explosion, some parts of the whale landed several kilometers away, even flattening a car under its weight. It was what you would call a blubber party.


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