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.

Behind the scenesEdit

The idea of the usement of a refrigerator to survive a nuclear blast in Nevada was taken from the earlier drafts of Robert Zemeckis' film Back to the Future which was produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment company. In Zemeckis' original story, a refrigerator served as Doc Brown's time machine and was used by protagonist Marty McFly in order to survive a nuclear blast and return to his time. After speaking with Spielberg, Zemeckis scrapped the refrigerator idea over concerns that it could inspire children to recreate the scene with their home appliances.[1]

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".

There has been several fan theories about how Indiana Jones managed to survive the atomic blast inside a lead regrigerator, as it would be impossible in real life. One of the most known theories is one that says that drinking water with the Holy Grail was the reason why Indy managed to survive, as it apparently gave him the power to survive the radiation of the bomb.[2] This doesn't seem to be the case, however, as passing over the Great Seal took away the immortality from those who drank from the Grail. The other most known theory is that in reality, Indiana Jones dies due the radiation after get out from the refrigerator and the rest of the film is in reality hallucinations in which he ties up some of the regrets of his life while he agonizes.[3]

A 2012 University of Cambridge investigation was performed by Doctor David Sechner in order to discover if the possibility of survive a nuclear blast with a lead refrigerator exists as George Lucas thinks there is, explaining that the chances are of 50% only if the person inside the refrigerator doesn't broke his neck with the impact.[4] However, Sechner's investigation eventually concluded that is not possible.[5]



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