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mushroom cloud

the large mushroom-shaped cloud of dust, debris, etc. produced by a nuclear explosion
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These trivializing names led Darghouth to create "The Rainbow of Death," a series of seven toxic mushroom clouds painted in cheerful rainbow colors, as well as her take on the American bombs "Fat Man," "Thin Man" and "Little Boy.
Above all, the hibakusha voiced what Miyamoto named the ethics that emerged from their experiences: They came to us with an invitation to the depths of our beings to go beyond the mushroom clouds.
Given that Senate rules governing debate have been changed repeatedly over the years--the last time was in 1975, when the number of senators needed to end a filibuster was reduced from 67 to 60--invoking atomic bombs and mushroom clouds strikes me as hyperbolic.
The ominous expression "weapons of mass destruction" conjures up images of mushroom clouds.
Her bombs (male, female, or androgynous) erupt into mushroom clouds that are equally noxious and ecstatic--an orgasmic nihilism exponentially more far-reaching than any single petite mort--relentlessly reminding us that violence is very often bound up with sadistic sexuality.
He said he finally snapped when the man said the United States was going to 'unleash mushroom clouds over Iraq'.
Walker, whose method of hair culture made her wealthy, to konking (Malcolm X's recollection of his first konk is painful, and hilarious) to the Afro, and the photos of those mushroom clouds from the 60s and 70s will make you groan or laugh or both; to the memories of grease and piping hot hot combs and perms and dreadlocks and whatever the devil we're doing with our hair now.
Today, the mushroom clouds are gone, but a dangerous legacy remains," he said.
In the postwar boomer years, there was a mood of excited optimism, undampened by the spectre of mushroom clouds.
As the credits roll, the deadly atomic mushroom clouds blossom.
The radiation released by early, aboveground nuclear tests harmed people living in the shadow of the mushroom clouds but provided oceanographers with a research opportunity Radioactive carbon-14 atoms that fell into the ocean from the tests, which ended in 1964, provide a way to track water currents.