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50th Anniversary of the Infamous Exploding Whale Incident, Oregon coast.

John E Davies

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“FLORENCE, Ore — On November 9, 1970, a 45-foot sperm whale had washed up on the beach near Florence, but as KATU reporter Paul Linnman noted at the time, it later became "a stinking whale of a problem." Three days later, on November 12, the dead whale exploded into history with what has been described as the first-ever viral news story. Watch the special remastered version of the original Exploding Whale report below”

Twenty cases of dynamite, the local DOT road crew, a huge decaying whale, lots of spectators .... what could possibly go wrong....? Enjoy.


John Davies

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8 minutes ago, John E Davies said:

. what could possibly go wrong....? Enjoy.

Lots, obviously!

Thanks! I've never seen thus story before. Quite, er, fascinating..

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Has it really been that long?  I remember it like it was yesterday . . . . . now can you help me find my reading glasses?

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