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What is the connection between bug-tracking software and the hydrogen bomb explosion?

To find an answer to this question, we must move back to August 26, 1998, when the – Bugzilla was published. A few years later, in 2002 a competitive JIRA was created. First of them referred to the English spelling of Godzilla second one to the Japanese Gojira.

But how does it relate to the hydrogen bomb explosion?

On March 1, 1954, the American army carried out a nuclear test of a new type of weapon – a hydrogen bomb. It turned out to be a serious mistake. The strength of the explosion was 15 Mega tons, which is almost four times more than the anticipated 4.

The fireball after the explosion reached 5 km in diameter and was elevated to 11 km in just a minute. After less than 10 minutes, it reached 100km and was visible even from 450 km.

As a result of the detonation, he died, among others radio operator of the Japanese cutter Daigo Fukuryū Maru “(” Happy Dragon No. 5, which was located about 140-170 kilometers from the zero point.) The deaths of this event were also residents of nearby islands, the crew of the American aircraft carrier USS “Bairoko” and scientists who watched the explosion.

Despite attempts to cover the case by the American side, it reached the public, and was called by the Japanese media the second Hiroshima.

The story of this tragedy became an inspiration for the Japanese director Ishirō Honda, who in 1954 made his best-known film, which is an allegory of the detonation of the hydrogen bomb Godzilla: King of Monsters.

The cruel irony is the fact that almost 50 years later the symbol of a tragic error has been used as the name of the software which is to help eliminate errors.

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Monika Siemaszko

Monika Siemaszko