Atomic friggin bombs

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It would, which is why I'm just a smidge skeptical of that story. I mean, fuck! It's brighter than looking at the sun on a cloudless day. You won't do that for very long and not toast your retinas.
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From "Los Alamos From Below" by Richard P Feynman
They gave out dark glasses that you could watch it with. Dark glasses! Twenty miles away, you couldn't see a damn thing through dark glasses. So I figured the only thing that could really hurt your eyes - bright light can never hurt your eyes - is ultraviolet light. I got behind a truck windshield, because the ultraviolet can't go through glass, so that would be safe, and so I could see the damn thing. OK.
I suppose he was relying on the blink reflex to close his eyelids during the initial flash.

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Yes. One person who looked at an explosion (with just one eye) had the blast burned into his retina, and could forever after see the image as a dark negative of the blast. For the rest of his life. But he might have been a liar.
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