Moments in History

How One Man Saved The World


1983 was a different time. The world was a bit simpler. Two major superpowers — the US and Soviet Union — were sitting on nuclear arsenals that could obliterate the planet. One misstep, and the US would launch ICBMs at the Soviet Union and vice versa. On September 26, we came awful close to such a misstep.

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I Spy With My Little Eye, Military-Grade Awesome

SOSUS: Tracking Submarines, Whales, and Mysteries

In the years after WWII, it became increasingly apparent that the Soviets and the West were not going to be friends. The uneasy alliance that fought off the Nazis fell apart the moment Germany surrendered. The technological advancements of the war meant that the Soviets would have increased capabilities on the land, in the sky and under the ocean. That last one really worried military planners who would like to be able to warn their bosses when something bad was going to happen. One of the mechanisms they used to figure out what a modern military would need was the Committee for Undersea Warfare. This group researched the newly expanded world of submarine warfare. One of their major tasks was to develop a system that would allow the US and its allies to tell when a Soviet submarine was on the move. What they came up with is known as SOSUS.
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Spaceheads, Spy vs Spy Week

Corona: Caught in Midair

After Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 was shot down over the Soviet Union, the US Air Force began trying to find ways to spy on the commie bastards without letting our boys get touched. This was the genesis of the SR-71 and of spy satellites. One of the first was publicly called Discoverer, privately called Corona, and took pictures of Russkieland for over ten years.
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I Spy With My Little Eye, Tech Ruins

The Most Interesting Hill In The World

Exploring Abandoned Teufelsberg

Teufelsberg might just be the most interesting hill in the world. Located near Berlin, it’s a man-made hill that stands about 80 m above the surrounding terrain. It was built by Allied forces after WW2 and is made of the debris from approximately 400,000 buildings cleared out during the rebuilding of Berlin. That, however, isn’t very unusual. Many European cities have man-made hills on their outskirts where post-war debris was dumped during rebuilding.

It’s what’s under and on top of this hill that make it most interesting.
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