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Beat Your Daisy Cutters Into Daisies

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Seed bombs are compressed balls of soil and compost that have been impregnated with wildflower seeds. When jettisoned onto construction sites, abandoned lots, etc. seed bombs become a method of protesting and combating urban sprawl.


The BLU-82B or "Daisy Cutter" bomb has been described as "the largest conventional bomb in existence and is 17 feet long and 5 feet in diameter, about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle but much heavier. It contains 12,600 pounds of GX slurry (ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder, and polystyrene) " the ammonium nitrate in just one Daisy Cutter bomb is about six times the amount used in the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City."


Seed bombs are used to turn forsaken parcels of urban land into gardens.


The Daisy Cutter--first used in Vietnam to clear helicopter landing sites and more recently employed with devastating effects in both Iraq and Afghanistan--is extremely lethal but due to the intense magnitude of its impact (and ensuing shock waves), became increasingly utilized as a "psychological tool" (shock and awe, remember?).


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"The Daisy Cutter has an explosion similar to a small nuclear or atomic bomb," writes Ridhwan Saleem. "They say that when one was dropped in Iraq, the explosion lit up the entire front. Many Iraqi soldiers defected after seeing that bomb."


Green-spirited seed bombs and mean-spirited Daisy Cutters. Take a wild guess which one is illegal here in the land of the free. Yep, seed bombing could get you arrested or sued, but could also result in real daisies, as in the family Asteraceae (from the Greek aster or star)--a family of plants roughly 50 million years old.


The Daisy Cutter bomb, on the other hand, was used to destroy anything and everything in a 600-yard radius.


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