Whether we like them or not, most people see guinea pigs as cute, small, fluffy mammals, which kids usually take care as pets. However, there are reports circulating online saying that these tiny creatures are made into weapons of mass destruction. Is there any truth to such claims?
Why does it have to be guinea pigs? And can this type of weapon wipe out the existence of guinea pigs, worst, our own existence?
The truth is that guinea pigs, along with rats, mice, hamsters, rabbits, cats, and dogs, have been part of atomic studies that aim to improve the well-being of the human race. But as nuclear weapons?
No, there is no such thing as deadly bombs made from these cute, tiny animals.
However, animals and humans [pdf] have been used as guinea pigs – in the metaphoric sense of being test subjects – in experiments conducted to discover the harmful effects of radiation or to locate its path through the human body.
The worst part of it was that, in the early days of nuclear research, the tests were done without letting their subjects know of the dangers of the experiment.
The Nuclear Guinea Pigs
The use of nuclear guinea pigs was highly evident during the cold war. The United States of America made hundreds of nuclear experiments around the 1940s to 1960s, and these events have been compiled in the report called “American Nuclear Guinea Pigs: Three Decades of Radiation Experiments on U.S. Citizen“. One of the most well-known test sites was Nevada where the citizens were allegedly used as nuclear guinea pigs.
The nuclear tests were deemed important for the sake of national security, but the airburst produced dangerous and toxic radioactive fallout. Officials thought that the particles would only be restrained within the test site’s 125-mile…
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