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They're both humorous greetings, in this context anyway. A Dear John letter is a term which originated from girlfriends of soldiers breaking up with them via letter starting with 'Dear John', presumably as it's just a common name. Unlike a letter though, a Nuclear Dear John is absolutely clear in just how much the sender considers this relationship over. ...


There are a few interpretations floating around, I like the metaphor of using the Cold War as a backdrop of sexual tension as has been described in various theses found around the web. In the original book, the "Hi there" bomb is named Lolita, which is a definite reference to an illicit, underage affair. The change to "Hi there" can be take either way, as ...

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