I thought this was a joke, but it's not. CBS News reports:
During the height of the Cold War, U.S. officials debated whether to detonate nuclear bomb on the moon in order to send a message to the Soviet Union, the Asian News International reports.
The secret project dubbed, “A Study of Lunar Research Flights” and nicknamed “Project A119,” was seriously being considered until it was scrapped because military officials were worried it would hurt the people on Earth.
Holy hell. I've always thought America lost its shpadoinkle after 9/11, but it turns out we lost our shpadoinkle after World War II and remained insane for quite a long time.
Also, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross totally called it: