In 2002 three geriatric Catholic nuns broke into a US nuclear missile launch facility, vandalized it with hammers, and drew crosses on the silo with their own blood. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned of COCOM limits, controls placed on GPS systems which stop them from functioning at a speed of over 1200 MPH and/or 59,000 feet. These are specifically in place to prevent the GPS from being used to guide missiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
France provided 'material support' to Argentina during the Falklands War. Despite France claiming they were not helping Argentina, evidence surfaced that indicated French technical teams remained in Argentina helping them to fix and use missiles that were deployed against British forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
In 1984, an anti-cruise missile activist poured red paint on the only good copy of the Canadian Constitution. He was subsequently sentenced to 89 days in weekend jail. cbc.ca/archives/entry/198…
A Nuclear Ballistic Missile was almost launched from McConnell Air Force Base in 1980 because a technician loaded the wrong data into a computer. The crew was able to avoid the launch after switching off the main power to the building. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In order to minimize civilian casualties, the CIA has been using a drone missile which pops out several steel blades at the last moment to slice its targets into bits -- and that it's nicknamed the β€œFlying Ginsu” popularmechanics.com/mili…
Virgin queen ants leave their existing colony to form their own in a process known as nuptial flight. In preparation for the flight, males emerge from their pupa case and are "quickly converted into single-purpose sexual missiles." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nup…
Israel’s El Al airline puts missile jamming devices on their jet airliners abcnews.go.com/Blotter/is…
The US Navy has 6 standard alarms for specific scenarios on a submarine. Each alarm sounds different, has immediate actions and priority- collision, diving, missile emergency, missile jettison, general, and power plant casualty. A mnemonic for the order is, "Can Dead Missile Men Get Pro-Pay?" wikipedia.org/wiki/Alarms…
In 1959 USS Barbero launched the first official Mail Rocket, it was Regulus Cruise missile that had its nuclear warhead replaced with two mail containers. The missile carried 3000 pieces of mail and the launch was assisted by the Post Office Department. engadget.com/amp/2019-02-…
During the 1990's it's believed that up to 90% of the worldwide supply of LSD was manufactured in an decommissioned US missile silo converted into a luxury hideaway with hot tubs and bath appointed with imported marble. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
Although it is often mentioned that the Cuban Missile Crisis happened without US provocation, one of the main reasons for the same was the deployment of nuclear tipped 'Jupiter' missiles in Turkey by USA. These missiles exposed western USSR, including Moscow & Leningrad, to nuclear risks. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
One part of Operation Anadyr, the Soviet Deception plan preceding the Cuban Missile Crisis, involved giving Cuban exiles in the USA correct information on the shipment of nukes and missiles, guessing (correctly) that the CIA would perceive them as lies to encourage an invasion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
That, if you have a permit, it is legal to fire a missile in south carolina. scstatehouse.gov/code/t23…
The US Military still uses 8 inch floppy disks on outdated IBM computers to run the nuclear missile systems. It's because they are incredibly hard to hack. The computers are essentially air-gapped and the old IBM computers are reliable. They could run for another 40 years with spare parts. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Hughes engineers swung a satellite around the Moon and approached earth from a 'stealthy' direction, "downwards from the Moon rather than up from the ground, the way we typically think of missile launches by aggressor nations." airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
Jules Verne's wrote a novel in 1863 which predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, wind power, missiles, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, and feminism. It was lost for over 100 years after his publisher deemed it too unbelievable to publish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned of the Duga Radar in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Part of the USSR's missile early warning system, it is also served as part of the inspiration for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. seris of videogames en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
When the Soviet military shot down Gary Powers' U2 spy plane, they also shot down one of their own MiG fighters with the same missile salvo. aviationweek.com/defense-…
World-renowned behaviorist B.F. Skinner worked with the US military and General Mills to create β€œPigeons in a Pelican,” which involved training kamikaze pigeons to pilot a missile by pecking at it. army.mil/article/111511/i…
Under the START treaty, Russians could inspect US missile sites. As a result, Sites such as at Tekoi Utah feature Russian-language signage. clui.org/ludb/site/tekoi-…
Today I learned about Project Pigeon where psychologist B.F. Skinner developed pigeon-guided missiles for World War II. He put pigeons in the nose cones of missiles and trained them to peck at targets. It was effective but never got off the ground because nobody took them seriously and radar became popular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._…
The U2 Spy Plane, first launched in 1955 and instrumental during the Cuban Missile Crisis, is not only still in service for surveillance missions, but still also uses film for its high-resolution photography. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
The department of defense developed a Hellfire Missile with swords for precise target elimination with little to no collateral damage. thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
During that during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the USSR already had 162 nuclear warheads in Cuba, and Fidel Castro wanted to use them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
In the 1970s, the New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish introduced 93 gemsbok (an African gazelle) to the White Sands Missile Range. Today, they number 3,000-6,000. nps.gov/whsa/learn/nature…
At the Maxi Trial, the largest ever trial against the Sicilian Mafia, there was a specially constructed bunker to house the proceedings that was strong enough to resist a missile attack, just to protect against Mafia interference. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
In 1966, water was flown to Disneyland from seas around the world to pour into the "It's a Small World" ride as a way to signify union and peace in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis. youtu.be/YR6ha6hNVg4?t=53…
JPL and NASA held beauty pageants for female employees in the 50’ and 60’s. Winners were given the title Miss Guided Missile, later changed to Queen of Outer Space. pillownaut.com/beauty/pag…
In the 1960s, the U.S. Air Force drew up plans for a 4000-ton nuclear space battleship. It would have been armed with 500 nuclear missiles, propelled by nuclear explosions, and been entirely feasible with contemporary technology. President Kennedy was horrified by the idea and cancelled it projectrho.com/public_htm…
Plasma absorbs radar, and Russia has a deployed hypersonic missile that travels up to Mach 9. Due to the plasma it generates surrounding the missile, it is invisible to radar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3M2…
'Russian Woodpecker" of the 1980's is the Duga radar near Chernobyl, an early detection system for launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
During the Cold War, US had four B-52 bomber aircraft armed with thermonuclear weapons, flying continuously routes to points on the USSR border. Overseas missile technology wasn't ready yet and US need to ensure fast retaliation to guarantee mutual destruction in case of a USSR attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
A U.S. stealth fighter was shot down in 1999 by Serbians using a missile system from the early 1960s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-1…
Today I learned about the "Oozlefinch", a featherless bird that flies backward at supersonic speed carrying Nike missiles and was the unofficial mascot of the U.S. Army Coastal Artillery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ooz…
The current version of the Tomahawk cruise missile is capable of loitering over a target while sending back imagery to ground controllers before being commanded to dive on to the a target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The Cuban Missile Crisis began when a CIA operative noticed soccer fields on a Cuban Military Base. β€œCubans play baseball, Russians play soccer” cnn.com/2014/06/05/us/col…
In order to gain more information on the capabilities and location of American missile submarines the Soviet Union used specially equipped fishing trawlers to spy on American naval activities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy…
In 1959, the US Navy fired a missile that contained about 3,000 pieces of mail toward Naval Station Mayport in Florida as an attempt to find a way to deliver mail faster. This is the only time they ever attempted this. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Today I learned about Project Iceworm, a proposed 52,000 square mile large nuclear missile complex. By the time of its evacuation, it’s total length was 1.9 miles, and contained a hospital, a shop, a theater and a church. outrider.org/nuclear-weap…
The principal designer of the B-2 Stealth Bomber, Department of Defense engineer Noshir Gowadia, was convicted in 2001 of using classified information to assist the People's Republic of China in producing cruise missiles with stealth technology. He was sentenced to 32 Years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADX…
The USA has developed a missile that kills its targets with blades and not explosives to minimize unintended civilian casualties news.com.au/technology/in…
Republic of Chad, fought and defeated Libyan occupation using 400+ Toyoto pickups. The trucks were fitted with compact anti-tank guided missile systems, resulting in the war being called 'Toyoto War' carsguide.com.au/overstee…
There is a mathematical "game" called the homicidal chauffer problem, in which a driver in a fast but slow-turning car tries to run over a slower pedestrian who has more freedom of motion. It is used to improve missile guidance systems. pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
PanAm Airlines Once Operated a Guided Missile Division en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
There is a an abandoned Atlas missile silo from the 1960s that you could buy for only $750,000 in the Adirondacks that comes with a house, acres of woodland, and an airstrip! atlasobscura.com/places/a…
Today I learned of an accidental explosion on a nuclear missile in South Dakota that blew the warhead off of the missile. rapidcityjournal.com/news…
Today I learned of a top secret US Cold War project "Iceworm" to build nuclear missile sites under the Greenland ice sheet. Abandoned due to ice instability it was assumed the chemical and radioactive waste would remain under the ice forever. It's now predicted this waste will re-enter the environment in 2100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The default target for US ICBMs is the open ocean. This is in case of an accidental missile launch. blogs.reuters.com/talesfr…
Missile bases/silos are sold to the public and often re-purposed into homes. missilebases.com/
In 2003 New Zealand engineer Bruce Simpson designed an $5,000 cruise missile using off the shelf parts sourced from the Internet. Despite being entirely legal, his project was shut down by the government. interestingprojects.com/c…
During the first combat usage of the American Sidewinder missile in 1958, a dud hit an enemy plane and became lodged without exploding. The pilot returned to base, allowing Soviet engineers to study it and reverse-engineer a nearly identical missile for their own use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM…
A Kiwi wrote an article stating that it would be easy to DIY a cruise missile. Internet randos disagreed. He proved them wrong. interestingprojects.com/c…
Today I learned about Project A119, a top-secret plan of US Air Force in 1958 to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon. In 1959, US wised up to stop the plan because of fear that the missile could miss the Moon and return to an unknown location to Earth. thenextweb.com/space/2019…
The United States Navy Tomahawk missile "is so accurate that a nuclear submarine could fire one at a street corner 450 miles [724.205 kilometers] away, and hit within 30 feet [9.144 meters] of the traffic light at that corner." media.defense.gov/2019/Ap…
Russia's 'Admiral Kuznetsov' aircraft carrier has a 12-tube vertical-launch anti-ship missile system under its flight deck. Each of these missiles weighs 15,500 lbs - as much as some fighter planes. thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
Rob Fulop created the Atari 2600 version of Missile Command. It sold 2M copies. Atari rewarded the milestone by giving Fulop a gift certificate for a free turkey. Soon after this happened, Fulop left Atari and co-founded the video game company Imagic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ata…
Today I learned of the Great Toyota War, where Chadian troops defeated their Libyan occupiers due in part to a swarm of 400 Toyota Hilux pickups mounted with guided anti tank missile launchers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
The Soviet AA-2 Atoll missile was reverse engineered from a US AIM-9 Sidewinder after it became lodged in a Chinese MiG-17 without exploding. The lead Soviet engineer at Vympel said, the missile was a "university offering a course in missile construction technology." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-1…
Today I learned about the trials for Rocket Mail. Since 1810 inventors have tried to deliver mail via artillery, and later rockets. In 1959 the US navy fired a cruise missile filled with mail from a submarine to a Naval base in Florida. Despite enthousiasm by the Postmaster General it was a one time thing. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Only five nations have the capability to launch a missile to any place on earth, and they happen to be the exact same five countries that are designated as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (United States, China, France, Russia, Britain). nytimes.com/interactive/2…
Today I learned about the "Dumbest Member of Congress" William L. Scott, US Senator from Virginia who being briefed by members of the military about missile silos in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, reportedly said "Wait a minute! I'm not interested in agriculture. I want the military stuff." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The North Korean government accidentally hit one of their own cities during a failed missile test in 2017. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The Danish Navy accidentally fired an anti-ship missile at its mainland destroying several properties. They later called this the 'oops' missile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The KGB Shipped a Sidewinder Missile by Mail to Moscow - It Cost $79.25 nationalinterest.org/blog…
Che Guevara was furious that the Soviet Union removed their missiles from Cuba and didn't fire them off, as the "socialist liberation against global 'imperialist aggression' would ultimately have been worth the possibility of "millions of atomic war victims." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The Man who avoided world war 3, On October 27,1962, Vasill Arkhipov a senior officer on the Soviet B-59 submarine, refused permission to launch its nuclear torpedo during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Such an attack likely would have caused a major global thermonuclear response. theguardian.com/commentis…
The United States had plans for a nuclear-powered missile that could stay aloft for months at a time, until ordered to "dash" to a target at supersonic speeds. The missile would carry multiple nuclear warheads and even fly around contaminating an area with radiation after all ordnance was gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the USA sent the carrier battle group Task Force 74, led by the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise into the Bay of Bengal in an attempt to intimidate India. In response, the Soviet Union sent a submarine armed with nuclear missiles to trail the US task force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
In January 2018, a Japanese city used it's Missile Alert System to warn residents about deadly fugu livers. scmp.com/news/asia/east-a…
Today I learned about Ogbunigwe, a family of surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles developed in Biafra during the war with Nigeria. They were the first rockets developed in Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogb…
The USSR has missiles pointed at a hot dog stand in the Pentagon because they believed it led to a top secret meeting room archive.defense.gov/news/…
During the Gulf War, an F-4G mistook the tail gun radar of its escorting B-52 for an Iraqi AAA site. The F-4 pilot shot an AGM-88 HARM missile at the B-52, which survived and later renamed β€œIn HARM’s Way” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGM…
In 1992, 5 sailors were killed and 22 others injured when the USS Saratoga launched two live missiles during a NATO training exercise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TCG…
Soviet nuclear weapons remained in Cuba after the Cuban Missile Crisis bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
Today I learned about the "Minot Incident" where six AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles, each loaded with a W80-1 variable yield nuclear warhead, were mistakenly loaded onto a (USAF) B-52H heavy bomber at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and transported to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Rocket mail - the delivery of mail by rocket or missile. The rocket lands by deploying an internal parachute upon arrival. It has been attempted by various organizations in many different countries, with varying levels of success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
After the Atari port of Missile Command sold over 2 million copies, they gave the developer a free turkey, which prompted him to leave the company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ata…
During the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis a second U2 Spy Plane had strayed into Soviet Airspace. When radioing for directions an unknown voice told him to turn right 35 degrees which would have taken him deeper into the Soviet Union. When asked for an identifying code there was no response. vanityfair.com/news/2008/…
Ukraine used modiied Intercontinental Ballistic Missile SS-18 to place satellite in space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dne…
B.F Skinner proposed Project Pigeon. This system divided the nose cone of a missile into three compartments, with a pigeon placed in each. When launched within sight of an enemy, the target was projected such that pecks at the screen would guide the missile toward the ship. wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec…
Doobie Brothers' guitarist, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is a defense consultant who has chaired a US Congressional Advisory Board on missile defense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser was once awoken to a report of 2,200 incoming Soviet missiles: a false alarm due to the malfunction of a 46 cent chip npr.org/2014/08/11/339131…
Mattel released Battlestar Galactica toys they knew to be defectively designed. One child required surgery to remove a missile from his lung and a 4 year old choked to death on a Cylon Raider missile. Kenner changed its Boba Fett figure to a non firing rocket because of the incidents. 2warpstoneptune.com/2012/…
During the Cold War a Soviet Duty Officer whose job it was to report missile strikes to high command, dismissed satellite reports of five inbound missiles, saving the world from nuclear war. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The creators of Rocky and Bullwinkle started a campaign to get Moosylvania recognition as a state. They arrived at the White House and demanded to see President Kennedy, but were turned away at gunpoint. They would later learn that they arrived during the Cuban Missile Crisis. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
In the 1980s, the US military proposed putting nuclear missiles in concealed railcars throughout the country as a countermeasure against a possible Soviet attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Project Iceworm, an American military program to build nuclear missile launch sites in Greenland, featured the first portable nuclear reactor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
U.S Air Force's "SLAM" Jet. A cancelled, unmanned nuclear powered Ram jet missile capable of carrying 15+ thermonuclear warheads, fly indefinitely, create lethal shockwaves while spitting out radioactive fragments to kill everything it flew over at Mach 5+ jalopnik.com/the-flying-c…
Nuclear-powered missiles are no longer just a science fiction prediction, but they are currently actively tested by a Russian military en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9M7…
The Air Force had a little known unit with the motto "You've gotta be shitting me", which was what some of the crews said when they were told their mission. It was a unit dedicated to hunting down anti aircraft missile launchers...using aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A Spanish fighter jet once accidentally launched a missile into Estonia. We're still not sure exactly where it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM…
In 1987 Finnair flight AY915 from Tokyo to Helsinki, was targeted by Soviet missile near Svalbard. The crew saw a rocket rising near their flightpath, at cruising altitude of the plane, it turned straight towards it. It exploded ~20 seconds before hitting the plane with 219 people on board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
In 1959, the U.S. Postal Service Attempted to Deliver Mail via Missile mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 1981 the Pentagon spent $6 million trying to determine whether or not burning a photograph of a Soviet missile would destroy the actual missile wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigasu…
The military spent $6B, in 1960s dollars, to construct a pyramid-shaped missile silo that was only operational for less than 3 days. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
The pilot of the only F-117 Stealth to be shot down in combat is now friends with the missile commander that brought him down. He has since traveled with his whole family for a stay in the home of his now retired former adversary. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
After they broke up, Iron Butterfly’s bassist worked on a missile guidance system, co-founded a video compression software company with Michael Jackson’s brother, and was working to fulfill his father’s dream of discrediting Einstein’s theories when he died under mysterious circumstances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
A $350m drillship built in the early '70s by US billionaire, Howard Hughes, to collect 'mineral riches' from the ocean floor was actually a cover for the CIA to be used to lift a lost Soviet submarine, loaded with nuclear missiles, up from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 3 miles deep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In 1974 the CIA mounted a top-secret research project, "Azorian", to recover a Soviet nuclear missile submarine that had sunk in 1968 using a grapple secretly lowered from underwater, ultimately recovering about a 3rd of the submarine and two nuclear missiles from a depth of over three miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…

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