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Max Ferguson: ‘Nuclear warfare can be fun’

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Stuff cotton wadding into your ears, hide under the kitchen chair, throw yourself under a pile of leaves -- that's CBC humorist Max Ferguson's advice in the event of nuclear war. Ferguson pokes fun at the Tocsin B exercise, the Emergency Measures Organization evacuation test. Don't worry, he advises in this radio broadcast, nuclear warfare can be fun.

Medium: Radio
Program: Rawhide
Broadcast Date: Nov. 9, 1961
Host: Max Ferguson
Duration: 14:05
Photo: National Archives PA-111381

Did You know?

• The fallout shelter symbol of a black circle with three yellow triangles positioned in a pinwheel formation was designed at the University of California at Berkeley's Radiation Lab in 1946. The symbol deviates slightly from the radiation icon of three propellers spinning from an atomic centre.


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