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  • proper n. The nickname of the nuclear bomb dropped over Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945.


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  • It credits Mr. Fuoco with solving a top-secret puzzle involving what he claimed was an accident with the Hiroshima weapon, known as Little Boy, as it was being readied at an air base on Tinian, an island in the Western Pacific.

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  • But this college dropout has determined the design of the bombs dropped over Hiroshima ( "Little Boy") and Nagasaki ( "Fat Man"), and built an exact replica of Little Boy.

    Elisabeth Braw: Wisconsin Trucker Builds Atomic Bomb

  • They knew without a doubt that Little Boy would work.

    The Omega Theory

  • Cyrus had left a dozen men behind to guard the tent that held Little Boy.

    The Omega Theory

  • About half an hour had passed since Cyrus ordered his men to remove him from the large tent where Little Boy was and bring him to this smaller, darker tent.

    The Omega Theory

  • EVERY HISTORIAN OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY physics knew about Little Boy, the fifteen-kiloton bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

    The Omega Theory

  • There is, of course, a gift shop selling Fat Man and Little Boy earrings and there's an enormous outdoor space with airplanes and rockets and all manner of things that either go boom or help something go boom, like a B-29 - the same kind of plane as the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped Little Boy on Hiroshima 65 years ago.

    Albuquerque Museum Memorializes The Atomic Age

  • Producing at least 20 kilotons, Fat Man was more powerful than Little Boy in every way.


  • You sit there with the other missiles, Fat Man and Little Boy, talking about your Cuban friend's mid-life crisis.

    The true story of the mystery missile launch in California

  • We're hideous and Earth has a plan to stop us before we're stupid enough to do it again, when either the Israelis, Little Boy, or the U.S.A.,

    Fat Man and Little Boy


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