A few months ago, I saw the newest Indiana Jones movie.

It wasn’t a terrible movie, but definitely not one I’d watch again soon.

But I recently read an article which really captured the legacy of the movie in such a way that I had to share it.

If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll remember the scene in which Indy finds himself trapped with nowhere to hide in the U.S. government’s test “town” for the Atomic Bomb.  

Naturally, Indy escapes, but does so at the expense of every scrap of believability the movie had:

He jumps into a WWII-era lead refrigerator and hang on for the ride of his life. He is shot like a cannonball into the sky and lands a ways off into the desert, emerging from the unit entirely unharmed.

Hence, Spielburg inadvertently birthed a colloquialism to describe this effect of a singular movie scene robbing the rest of the film of its credibility: Nuking the Fridge.

I’ve heard people say that the lead in the fridge would save Indiana, and that could be true, but I believe only from the radiation.

The amount of heat generated from that blast would have surely raised the temperature of that lead and thus, the action hero hiding inside. I’d estimate the results to be similar to those of chicken cooked in aluminum foil…I only hope the fridge was well-stocked with aromatics to provide flavor in the cooking process.

Plus, even if he hadn’t been cooked, the refrigerator would have locked him in. That would have been a truly disappointing ending: Indiana Jones, in the desert, trapped in a refrigerator. Still, at least he would have died with his hat on. 🙂

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