Consider, for example, a fun Cold War-era fact from Bruce Blair, who is president of the Washington-based Center for Defense Information (home of Johnson's Russia List).
Blair was a Minuteman nuclear missile launch officer in the 1970s, and regularly ran through simulations in which he and his colleagues launched up to 50 missiles at the Soviet Union.
To launch a Minuteman in those days, one had to "unlock" the missile by dialing in a code -- the equivalent of a safety catch on a handgun. However, Blair reports, the U.S. Strategic Air Command was worried that a bunch of sissy safety features might slow things down. It ordered all locks set to 00000000 -- and in launch checklists, reminded all launch officers like Blair to keep the codes there. "So the 'secret unlock code' during the height of the nuclear crises of the Cold War," Blair says, "remained constant at 00000000."
[insert graphic of little smiley with eyes bugging out]
A map of everywhere I've visited (I've never left the country... at least, I'm not authorized to tell you if I did leave, on any missions to gather reconnaissance on Albania's lima bean industry for the CIA):
Just goes to show you should never go around clicking links (especially in AIM messages and profiles) all harum-scarum; you'll soon end up with a worm-ridden hard drive, and even worse, an embarrassingly warped vocabulary. posted by Steve
6/11/2004 11:30:00 AM
[looks askance] To be sung in the key of TRW: "Lalaalalalaalalala! Kaidye, a.k.a. Astrnat186 is the best retriever weekly editor ever!!! She deserves a raise! And a bonus!! And... an automatic 4.0 GPA for the coming semester!!!"
hehe... the things we college students do for dough.
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