Posts tagged with ‘soviet union

Before he was the the Pooty Poot the whole world knows and loves, he was just a sad faced KGB agent in a Ron Burgundy jacket
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Before he was the the Pooty Poot the whole world knows and loves, he was just a sad faced KGB agent in a Ron Burgundy jacket

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Submitted by delsyd

For 20 years during the Cold War, the launch codes for all of America’s nukes was 00000000

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.

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If nuclear WW3 had broken out, this is the speech QE2 would have given to Great Britain

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. 

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IHC After Dark: This old Soviet cartoon

I don’t know exactly what this is, but it’s Soviet and trippy as hell.

Christoph Waltz will be Mikhail Gorbachev in ‘Reyjkavik’

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.

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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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Evening Documentary: ‘Terror in Space’

An interesting look at the mire on the Mir space station near the end of its life, and how the Russians tried to downplay an incident that almost killed several astronauts and took out the space station.

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The beauty of retro Soviet space program propaganda

"RussiaTrek’s DeIntegro has assembled a marvelous gallery of mid-century Soviet space-program propaganda posters, showing brave and noble Russians ascending to the heavens on the back of sound socialist rockets."

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Fun NES games that never made it to the US: Gorby’s Pipeline

So in the 80s, the Cold War was near its end and Tetris, full of Russian imagery was fine, but a puzzle game with a cartoon Gorbachev in it was not. 

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Putin calls For ‘Eurasian Union’ of ex-Soviet republics, not a new Soviet Union honest

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.

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