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A King Cool refrigerator was a household appliance designed for keeping food cold, and made by the King Cool company.

In 1957, a lead-lined King Cool refrigerator was installed in one of the houses in Doom Town, a fake town built in the Nevada desert for the purposes of nuclear testing. Escaping from Soviet troops, Indiana Jones heard the alarms announcing an upcoming nuclear weapon test, and headed into a house for shelter. With the countdown approaching zero, Jones dumped out the contents of the fridge, and took cover inside the King Cool appliance.

The refrigerator's lead lining protected Jones from the radiation, while the explosion launched the appliance out of Doom Town and into the desert, where Jones landed, and crawled out of the fridge, to the astonishment of a prairie dog. Jones was discovered and picked up by the US military.

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The scenes in which Indiana Jones survives a nuclear blast by being propelled away in a refrigerator created a new cultural phrase "nuking the fridge", having a meaning similar to "jumping the shark."

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