Exploding Whale Video Reporter Looks Back Four Decades Later

The footage and Linnman's report made the evening news and eventually found its way into the national media, something that only earned him $90 extra bucks and $110 for Brazil "because he had a better union than I did apparently."

"When it airs now, it's kind of tough for me to watch. I don't think it's that good and I've got four grown sons who are able to repeat any part of that story word for word and they do so frequently just to bug me," Linnman said with a laugh.

Update: A higher quality version from 2012:

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7 Responses:

  1. dali_drama says:

    and here i thought problem resolution via explosives only happened in cartoons.

  2. that was the best thing I've seen all day.

    Oh, the huge manatee [sic].

  3. biggeek says:

    "A piece of blubber the size of a fingernail could kill you if it hit you in the right part of the head"


  4. I remember when I discovered this browsing around in jwz's bookmarks about 15 years ago.

    The exploding whale is the Internet video by which I judge all other Internet videos.

    • dr_memory says:

      I was always more partial to the "George Goble vaporizes an hibachi using liquid oxygen" one, but to each their own...

    • belgand says:

      Yeah, this is the sort of thing I remember downloading all night with friends over a 14.4 connection. As bad as that was at least it's not the old days where we would have needed to trade around bootleg copies and actually know someone who had it.

      It feels like the ancestor of all live-footage video memes.

  5. ljvscmr says:

    This is a follow-up story I didn't know that I needed until I read it. Excellent.