TIL mushroom clouds can be caused by any powerful explosion, not just nuclear, and there are depictions of them in art since the 1700’s

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushroom_cloud#Early_accounts,_origins_of_the_term

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  1. >”…Later in 1946, the Operation Crossroads nuclear bomb tests were described as having a “cauliflower” cloud, but a reporter present also spoke of “the mushroom, now the common symbol of the atomic age”. Mushrooms have traditionally been associated both with life and death, food and poison, making them a more powerful symbolic connection than, say, the “cauliflower” cloud.”

    Interesting point.

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