Why wasn't I told. Apparently everyone in the world knows about the exploding whale at a beach in Oregon, USA, but I did not until recently. In the 1970s a large dead whale washed up on the beach and as it began to decompose, it smelt very bad. The road authority (why the road authority?) was called and it decided to dynamite the whale carcass, so that it broke up into many small pieces, suitable to be scavenged by seagulls and other such critters. Such a sad and undignified end to a whale life.
The dynamite was placed so that the whale bits would be projected out to sea. The best laid plans of mice and men....
This poor quality photo gives you a clue as to how it all went so terribly wrong.
It was seen as such a good for tv event, it was covered by television station KATU AM Northwest. Worth watching to get the full context. 6:41.
There is a shorter version here. 2:27
If you can't get enough of humans not understanding how dead whales explode, this clip is rather gross, so I won't embed, but here is a link, this time at Faroe Islands.
I think tomorrow I may show you a video of a python consuming a young boy in South America. Ok ok, preempting comments on this post, I get the hint.