In every Cold War era movie involving nuclear war, there’s a long, complicated process of obtaining, matching, verifying, double and triple checking launch codes before nuking the shit out of the Russians. And this makes sense, considering the gravity of starting World War III and obliterating hundreds of millions of people. But in reality, for 20 years, the launch codes for every single one of America’s launch sites was 00000000. On purpose. Because while JFK’s idea of using cryptic launch codes was well intentioned, most generals figured that if the time came, they didn’t want to waste valuable seconds with verification when they could be nuking Moscow.
For decades, the world teetered on the brink of all-out nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union. And if that had happened, Queen Elizabeth II, like other world leaders, had a speech already planned to address her nation.
Even though Christoph Waltz had to drop out of playing Sigmund Freud for David Cronenberg, but in the historical film ‘Reyjkavik’, he’ll be donning the giant birthmark to play Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev opposite Michael Douglas, who will be playing Ronald Reagan.
Contrary to popular belief, the Cuban missile crisis did not end with the agreement between the US and Soviet Union in October, 1962
Contrary to popular belief, the Cuban missile crisis did not end with the agreement between the US and Soviet Union in October, 1962. Unknown to the US at the time, there were 100 other nuclear weapons also in the hands of Cuba, sparking a frantic - and ingenious - Russian mission to recover them.
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Vladimir Putin, who is now Prime Minister of Russia, but used to be President, who recently announced he was running again for President, said today that he’d love to see the formation of a “Eurasian Union” of ex-Soviet republics, because that worked out so well last time.