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Exploding Whale

Fifty years ago, Florence, Oregon had a whale wash up on its beach. Evidently it was a rare occurrence back then (unfortunately, it's less of a rare occurrence these days: 1, 2, 3, 4) and officials were unsure how to handle it. The direction they chose? Disintegration by dynamite (you may want to pay particular attention to the post-1:37 mark - that sound you hear? a rain of whale meat falling amongst the onlookers and their vehicles):


These days, whales that wash up on the beach are buried in the sand (or turned into art installations) but never forget that "go west, young cowpoke" spirit that made people head on out here in the first place to make a new life for themselves, find gold in dem dar hills, and use half a ton of TNT to blow stuff up.