The Big Bang happened in 1947

In today’s BBC News, there’s an article about Heligoland, mentioning that after the second World War, Britain tried to blow the island up with nearly 4000 tons of explosives planted (and according to the newspaper account, 8500 tons altogether, presumably including the Nazi ammunition stores that were being disposed of) — one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever.  My connection with it is that a great-uncle of mine was the naval officer who pressed the button that set it off.  That’s probably something to remain discreetly silent about should I ever visit what’s left of the island.

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