In 2004, a woman's steel chastity belt triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She continued her flight to London on the pilot's authority. abc.net.au/news/2004-02-0…
In 2007 six US cruise missiles with the nuclear warheads were mistakenly loaded onto a bomber, not reported missing, and remained mounted for 36 hours with no security precautions for nuclear weapons implemented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
In 2015, Neil Moore, a prisoner serving time for a $2.7 million fraud conviction, walked out the front gate of a high security prison by forging his own release papers. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The villagers of Piplantri plants 111 trees every time a girl is born. To ensure the girls financial security, the villagers contribute Rs 21,000 and set a fixed deposit bank account, which can be used only, once she turns 18 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
In 2015 a fan of the Austrailian band Peking Duk got backstage at their concert by adding himself as a family member on their Wiki page and showing it to security. The band wasn't even upset, saying "We ended up having a bunch of beers with him and he was an absolute legend." time.com/4136607/peking-d…
Basketball Hall of Famer George Raveling volunteered as security during MLK's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Immediately after the speech he asked MLK for the original typewritten manuscript, which he gave him. He still has it and has refused offers of more than $3,000,000 for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_H…
There are 7 primary keyholders of the Internet. Each keyholder is chosen for their geographical spread and Internet security background to ensure that no one country has more keyholders. The keyholders are a last resort option in case something catastrophic happens to the world's Internet. theguardian.com/technolog…
In 1990, a man scaled an airport wall without a stitch of clothing, fought off four security guards, stole a Jeep, and drove it into a running jet engine. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about Rex Beaver, a private investigator hired by the Church of Scientology in 1968 to spy on Rupert Murdoch who had published unflattering stories about the church in his newspaper. After passing his security check Beaver went to Murdoch and offered to work as a double agent. abc.net.au/news/2016-11-0…
Teddy Roosevelt took a break from the presidency to go camping with John Muir for four days. They explored without any supervision/security. Roosevelt was so inspired by the trip that it eventually led to the creation of the National Park Service. bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
Today I learned about Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), the doctrine of military strategy and national security policy in which a full-scale use of nuclear weapons by two or more opposing sides would cause the complete annihilation of both the attacker and the defender britannica.com/topic/mutu…
Morrissey canceled a show because his management felt that the amount of security guards was insufficient, even though it was double what they had hired for a recent Slayer concert. vice.com/en/article/rdzm9…
A US IT worker outsourced is own job to someone in China at 1/5 the salary. He was only found out because a security audit discovered suspicious VPN activity. bbc.com/news/technology-2…
Today I learned about Demon Cat, the ghost of a cat that is said to haunt Washington DC buildings. According to the legend, Demon Cat appears before tragedies, allegedly being spotted by White House security before assassinations of Lincoln and JFK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Europe has 0€ Banknotes, printed on real banknote paper with all the security features and administered by the European Central Bank en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
Today I learned about the Panopticon, an 18th century prison design that allows all prisoners to be observed by a single security guard, without the inmates knowing whether they are being watched. Historian Shirley Letwin called it "a device of such monstrous efficiency that it left no room for humanity." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Jimmy Carter said if he became president, he would release all government UFO information to the public. Once elected, he decided not to due to "national security concerns" history.com/this-day-in-h…
MythBusters made an episode in which they tested credit card security. Discovery was forced not to air the episode, after a conference call with chief Legal Counsels representing the major companies, demanded the episode not be aired – which would expose major flaws in credit card security. youtube.com/watch?v=9IOML…
Since the Gulf War in 1991, when Israel was attacked by Iraqi Scud missiles, all homes in Israel are required to have a reinforced security room, Merkhav Mugan, impermeable to chemical and biological substances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
One of the top security experts at the FBI, Frank Abagnale, was also one of the most successful con-mans of all time. He posed as a pilot to travel for free on over 250 flights to 25 countries aged between 16-18, and had scammed his father out of $28k (adjusted for inflation) aged just 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
120,000 people worked on the Manhattan Project (which led to the development of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in WW2) and the security and secrecy of the project was so well maintained that even the Vice President of the USA (Truman) had never even heard of the project until he became POTUS ushistory.org/us/51f.asp
BBC once mistaken the UNSC logo of the video game Halo as the United Nations Security Council logo independent.ie/business/t…
There was a test several years ago where 70 undercover agents tried to sneak bombs or guns through US airport security; 67 succeeded abcnews.go.com/US/exclusi…
While evaluating security at a Fortune 5 company, a penetration tester was suspicious that the small-town restaurant across the street served black duck eggs, a rare Chinese delicacy. The restaurant was reported to the FBI and was revealed to be a front for a Chinese espionage operation. darknetdiaries.com/episod…
US Supreme Court Justices have a security and bodyguard service called the "Supreme Court Police". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The chief of security of the company hired to organize and promote McDonald's giveaways, stole almost all of the top prizes between 1995 and 2000. The scam netted over $24 million. The trial began on September 10, 2001, but was overshadowed in the media by the September 11 attacks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McD…
David Bowie issued his own bonds in 1997, "Bowie Bonds". These asset backed securities awarded investors a share in his future royalties for 10 years. bbc.com/news/amp/business…
Today I learned of Brian Shaffer, a man who disappeared after entering a bar in Columbus, OH in April, 2006. He was recorded on security cameras entering the bar, but never leaving the bar. He is still missing today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned of William Howard Hughes, a United States Air Force officer with security clearance and expertise in rocket self-destruct technology, vanished in 1983. Authorities feared he had defected to the Soviet Union. In June 2018, he was found living in California under an assumed name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 1990, Katya Mayorova was crowned as "Miss KGB", the world's only holder of a security services beauty title. She was described as "wearing her bulletproof vest with an exquisite softness", with one of her many charms "her ability to deliver a karate kick to her enemy's head" rbth.com/history/332286-m…
Michael Caine legally changed his name because he got sick of airport security delays caused by his passport bearing his birth name, Maurice Micklewhite. It took him until he was 83 years old to get wound up enough. theguardian.com/film/2016…
In 1987 a group in Mumbai, India pretending to be CBI officers (Indian FBI) advertised and conducted interviews claiming to be hiring "Intelligence and Security Officers". 26 people were hired, and then they were used to "raid" (rob) a jewelry store. The group was never caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
The Kingdom of Bhutan, one of the only non-European nations that have never been colonised, doesn't have formal ties with any of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (USA, China, Russia, UK, France) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhu…
Many old film negatives and props are permanently stored 600ft underground in Kansas salt mines; favored for their natural resilience, temperature control, and inherent security. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
19-yr-old Eric Simons squatted at AOL HQ to work on his startup. When a mentorship ended, his badge still gave access; for 2 months he got basic free food from the lounge, used the showers, locker, & gym, did wash at AOL's free laundromat, & rotated sleep on 3 couches to evade night security. cnet.com/news/meet-the-ti…
Today I learned about Jon Postel, a researcher who in 1998 hijacked the internet to prove a point about it's poor security. Instead of being reprimanded he was appointed to run ICANN, the authority now responsible for overseeing domain naming and ensuring the internet's ongoing stability. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
The first nuclear explosion almost occurred by accident in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Richard Feynman, a physicist who was working on the Manhattan Project, discovered that the military's "need to know" security resulted in a dangerous amount of uranium nitrate being stored with uranium-235. robertlovespi.net/2014/09…
In 1969 the Rolling Stones hired the Hell's Angels to provide security for their gig at the Altamont Free Concert for a fee of $500 worth of beer. A man by the name of Meredith Hunter Jr. drew a revolver at the stage and was stabbed and kicked to death by the Hell's Angels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
During the Watergate scandal, Martha Mitchel (then wife of Nixon's AG) was kidnapped, beaten and forcibly sedated by her husband's security detail to keep her from speaking to reporters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
When Henry Ford II took control of Ford Motor Co., the first thing he did was fire his grandfather's brutal, union-busting head of security by sending his own second-in-command, a former FBI agent, to deliver the news. Both men drew handguns on each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Every human being has a unique microbial identity. A microbial "trace" is left of us as we move about that is as unique a fingerprint and could one day be used in criminal forensics and bio-metric security. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There are four primary chemicals that can drive the positive emotions you feel throughout the day: dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins (sometimes referred to as D.O.S.E.). Oxytocin specifically comes from physical contact and gives you a lasting feeling of love and security. happyfeed.co/research/4-b…
John Anthony Walker, a US Navy officer who reported secrets to the Soviet Union for 18 years. He got his son involved, and even tried to involve his daughter. He was finally exposed when his ex-wife reported him. When asked about his spying, he said "KMart has better security than the Navy". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about Hideki Okamoto who became Karate teacher for Syrian government after using Karate to resist capture by armed security for nearly an hour while inebriated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oka…
The dept of Homeland Security ran an experiment where they left CDs and USB sticks in the parking lots of government buildings and private contractors. 60% of those who picked them up plugged the device into their office computers, and if it had an official logo, 90% of them were installed. thenextweb.com/insider/20…
The "China" that actually helped found the UN and sat on the Security Council until 1971 was the Taiwanese government. After this they started losing a lot of international recognition. taiwaninsight.org/2018/02…
Today I learned about JoaquΓ­n "El Chapo" GuzmΓ‘n, a Mexican drug lord who escaped from one of Mexico's highest security prisons by having his goons dig a mile long tunnel to his cell, taking over a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
The TV show Mr Robot has a team of hackers and cyber security experts who make sure that the hacking shown on the show is accurate. Hacking scenes are also performed by members of the technical team in real life, then recorded and rebuilt using Flash animation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
In 2015 three inmates from a maximum security prison beat Harvard’s debate team in a competitive debate. cnn.com/2015/10/07/living…

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