Can cockroaches survive a nuclear bomb
This myth originated after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Reports at the time indicated that the only surviving creatures in these razed Japanese cities’ were insects including cockroaches. This story was further enhanced by anti-nuclear activists and scientists during the cold war to help describe how destructive an atom bomb could be.
As with most of these type of facts, MythBusters have tested this theory, where they subjected cockroaches to 3 levels of radioactivity all of which were capable of killing a human being within 10 minutes. They then monitored the affected cockroaches for 30 days, where nearly half the roaches exposed to 1,000 rads were still kicking and 10 percent of the 10,000 rad group was alive. So this proved that cockroaches could survive a nuclear bomb blast, but only up to a point. It is believed the reason why they can withstand such extreme radiation was due to their simple bodies and slower cell cycles