Alex Wellerstein of Restricted Data has uncovered documents that provide details about a series of 14 nuclear weapons tests called “Operation Teapot”, which began in 1955. Part of the tests included the effects of a nuclear weapon on bottles and cans of beer, which were placed inside staged houses in the Nevada desert in different proximities to two bomb blasts – one equal to 20 kilotons of TNT, the other to 30 kilotons.
The results showed that, although the irradiating effects on both were minimal, the cans came out on top and were suitable for “emergency use”. Some poor bastard even had the job of sampling the nuked beverages. The verdict? Acceptable, but not very good.