forest: The Trestle, billed as the world's largest wooden structure, "contains 6 million board feet of lumber, enough to build 4,000 houses. This, Air Force TRESTLE statisticians say, is about the equivalent of the nation's limber production for a month." (Spohn,1989)
Leonardo's: "The wooden bridge and wooden trestle are purely American products, although they were invented by Leonardo da Vinci in the sixteenth century." (Clarke,1976)
Howe's: "The Howe truss "was first used on all railways, old and new, from 1840 to about 1870. Had it been free from liability to decay and burn up, we should probably not be building iron and steel bridges now." (Ibid.)
hemorrhaging: In 1990, the Boeing Co., of Seattle, WA., agreed to pay more than $500,000. to a former employee who claimed his leukemia was caused by his exposure to radiation during company tests of electromagnetic pulses.
X: "X particles are able to mediate transmutations between particles that feel only the electromagnetic and weak forces. They ensure that during this fleeting era there is a complete symmetry between all these interactions." (Barrow & Tipler,1988)
wings are pinned: In 1980, when The Trestle began operations, several owls set up housekeeping under its huge platform. "Palladius refers to (the owl's) magical efficacy in warding off hailstorms when nailed up with outstretched wings...A similar custom prevailed until recently in Germany where an owl nailed to a door was thought to keep hail and lightning away." (Armstrong,1970)
Beasts: "The (Ark of the Covenant) was made of acacia wood sheathed in gold inside and out--the same principle as electric condensers, two conductors separated by an insulator. It was encircled by a garland, also of gold, and set in a dry region where the magnetic field reached five hundred to six hundred volts per vertical meter. It's said that Porsena used electricity to free his realm from the presence of a frightful animal called Volt." (Eco,1989)
Voltage: The Trestle is an electromagnetic pulse simulator, one of five located at Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, that tests the effects EMPs caused by nuclear detonations have on military aircraft. "the motion of the electrons generates a giant electromagnetic pulse, like that created by a bolt of lightning and evident as 'static' on radio and television sets. The electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear blast, however, takes place about a thousand times faster than a lightning stroke, and it can be many tens of thousands of times stronger." (Tsipis,1982)
ancient wizardry: Cobras were used by Indian fakirs, making them rise from a basket by playing a flute. The Convair B-36 first flew August 8, 1946, and retired May 1958. It's NB-36H model, used as an airborne test bed for a nuclear reactor that was located in its tail section, was distinguishable by a "cobra-like hood" over its cockpit.
railroading: After the atomic bombing, Professor Shogo Nagaoka, of Hiroshima University, "found this first clear sign of renascent life: a thick covering of that 'railroad grass' which had been imported from the U.S.A. in the previous century to cover and bind railway embankments." (Jungk,1961)
the buddha: An authority on Buddhist Art was a guest at the same dinner party as composer John Cage. "When she found out I was interested in mushrooms, she said, 'Have you an explanation of the symbolism involved in the death of the Buddha by his eating a mushroom?'" Cage declared that he had no interest in symbolism. Then, a few days later, he wrote to the woman, "'The function of mushrooms is to rid the world of old rubbish. The Buddha died a natural death.'" (Cage,1969) Of course, now, the mushroom is symbolic of an atomic cloud.