Posted by Word Camel on February 15, 2002
In Reply to: Ground-Zero posted by Chris Mattix on February 15, 2002
: Does anyone have a clue where the term "ground zero" came from?
I think it's may have to do with nuclear testing. I think 0 is the point where the bomb detonated and then points beyond the center of the blast are plotted outward. When nuclear bombs were tested, animals, houses, (and some conspiracists say mental patients and soldiers) were put at various distances from the center of the blast to test the effectiveness of the weapon. I'll see if I can find anything more official.