This is the timer on the nuclear device seen in Goldfinger – arguably the greatest Bond film of all time. While stopping a timer on 007 is a campy way to end a scene, these digits would not be a terrific lock combination, unless you want an infant to steal your personal items.
Sadly, 007 is the Fort Knox of combinations compared the one which secured our nuclear launch codes.
From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000. This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible, as reported by Today I Found Out.
[N]uclear experts claim the military was worried about the possibility of command centers or communication lines being destroyed in real nuclear war, stopping soldiers getting the codes or authorization to launch missiles when they were actually needed. So they simply left the security code for the weapons as eight zeros, getting around the security safeguards.
Remember, only the best and brightest are trusted with our nation’s security. Or something.
A new study has determined the cream filling in Oreos may be as addicting as cocaine.
That’s great. So in a few years, I’ll be locking up people for selling “Black and Whites,” although that’s gotta be a bitch injecting it into your veins.
According to a study from Connecticut College, “Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats,” TIME reports.
The study showed that “eating the iconic black and white cookies activated more neurons in the rat brain’s “pleasure center” than drugs such as cocaine.”
“The rats in the study liked the cookies about as much as they liked the drugs, congregating near the cookie side of the maze as much as they would on the drug side.”
They also dove into the cream filling first, before eating the chocolate cookie.
Well, that makes sense. For the life of me, I cannot understand why Oreo continues to make the cookie. Just sell a big tub of the cream filling!
Who can forget 1989? Chicago’s “Look Away” topped the Billboard charts, everyone had a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Elle McPherson was the world’s top model, Mikhail Gorbachev was TIME’s Person of the Year. Oh, and the average American family earned more than they do under Barack Obama.
A Census Bureau report released on Tuesday reveals that the typical American family now earns less than it did in 1989. In 1989, median household income was $51,681 (in current dollars). In 2012, median household income was $51,017.
Poverty levels in 2012 also climbed to 46.5 million Americans–15% of the country–from 46.2 million in 2011. As Washington Post economics writer Neil Irwin put it, “This isn’t a lost decade for economic gains for Americans. It is a lost generation.”
Talk show host Dennis Prager – a man I greatly admire because he’s the antithesis of people like Sean Hannity – recently stated he thought Barack Obama is the worst president in American history. Those of you who listen to him know such statements are rare. That said, considering the current state of the country, the statement may not be so ridiculous.
If there is one thing I like about Gene Simmons, it’s his ability to cut through bulls**t. The man speaks his mind, and in this case, he’s making a lot of sense.
“He’s got a religious passion, as well he should, we’re in America,” the KISS frontman told Radio.com earlier this week. ”He’s proud to be a Christian, what’s wrong with that? And yet, with sports media and pop culture media, they make fun of his religion. Really? In America? If he was wearing a burqa, they wouldn’t dare say anything [editor's note: only Muslim women wear burqas]. But if you’re a Christian, you get to be picked on? What the hell? The guy’s got family values. I never saw the media picking on Michael Vick for torturing dogs. Or this other football player, who’s alleged to have killed, committed murder. That’s ‘cool.’ But a guy who’s religious and has got family values isn’t ‘cool?’ He’s cool to me.” (H/T – Ace [Not Frehley])
Now, in fairness, Simmons recently offered Tebow a three-year contract to play for his Arena Football team – the LA Kiss – but I don’t think that’s why he made the statement. I think he, like a lot of us, is tired of seeing a good man taken down because of his faith.
Car Update: So I finally got my car back at the beginning of August after $7,500 worth of damage. The Scarlet Maiden by all rights should have been totaled. After driving for two days I took her back to the shop as something didn’t feel or sound right. BOOM. Another $500 to fix the engine’s mounting brackets…which you really think someone would have checked to begin with.
All said and done the Maiden has been driving A-Ok since about the second week of August. Then I made a stupid Facebook comment and Karma clenched her jagged, serrated teeth upon my posterior.
Meet Sydney Leathers. She is the (current) object of Anthony Weiner’s, um, affection. For reasons unknown to all humans, the New York Post decided to publish a photo spread of Leathers in a bikini.
Since the bikini is still on her, it must be made of adamantium.
Mayoral hopeful’s online chat pal poses on the beach for The Post. Sydney Leathers, 23, the woman at the center of the Anthony Weiner scandal, frolicking on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif.
Serious question: If this woman is the result of Weiner’s best judgment, do we really want him running the country’s largest city?
Since the “Trial of the Century” is now mercifully over, America can focus on that three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S.
[T]wo themes that have been covered extensively on these pages in the past much to the ridicule of the mainstream media, namely that while the US may have “No Manufacturing Jobs But More Waiters And Bartenders Than Ever” and that Obamacare has finally struck as “Part-Time Jobs Surge To All Time High; Full-Time Jobs Plunge By 240,000″ are now begrudgingly covered and in fact, endorsed, by the very same MSM.
Enter the Wall Street Journal which blends the two themes well known to our readers, and writes that “More Restaurants Replace Full-Timers, Concerned About Insurance.”
To wit: “Ken Adams has been turning to more part-time workers at his 10 Subway sandwich shops in Michigan to avoid possibly incurring higher health-care costs under the new federal insurance law. He added approximately 25 part-time workers in May and June as he reduced some employees’ hours and replaced other workers who left. The move showed how efforts by some restaurant owners and other businesses to remake their workforces because of the Affordable Care Act may be turning the country’s labor market into a more part-time workforce.” In other words, the already worst paying jobs in the US are getting even more of the shaft, downgraded from full time to part time status.
Worse still, restaurant owners who have already shifted to the part-time worker plan say they will continue that pattern. That should come as welcome news to those recent college grads flooding the workforce.
Just wait until “comprehensive immigration reform” passes…
Our California friends are doing something stupid again. This time, an elementary school is holding a “toy gun exchange.”
An elementary school will hold a toy gun exchange Saturday, offering students a book and a chance to win a bicycle if they turn in their play weapons. Strobridge Elementary Principal Charles Hill maintains that children who play with toy guns may not take real guns seriously.
“Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” Hill said. (H/T – 911)
That is absolutely the stupidest comment I have ever read. Almost every kid plays cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians while growing up. How many of them go on to shoot people in real life?
Despite what the average California liberal thinks, that number is surprisingly low.
Mirror! THE MIRROR!!!!!!
I had to go for my root canal follow up over lunch. I made the god awful decision to NOT be numbed up. The nerve was pulled out, how much pain could there be, right? WRONG. The drilling of another hole in my teeth didn’t bother me. The chlorine like cleanser being shot into the hole to kill germs didn’t bother me. So far, we were doing alright.
That all changed when the Fire Nation attacked! The doc had to plug the hole. He shot some sort of vicious black liquid into my tooth that hardens as it cools, like cookies or an erect Ice-Man. Well the doc used too much of the fire liquid and burned through into my gum line. I was this close to reaching out and grabbing him by the throat. My entire mouth felt like it had just bit into a Mango Habanero wing. The liquid’s fury could only be compared to a woman scorned with the fury in which hell hath no! Like LIQUID HOT MAGMA. It burned for about an hour. Like a good middle-class American I went back to work so the people who use their ACCESS cards to buy cigarettes wouldn’t have to fret.
I consider my self a tough dude. I’ve taken by fair share of punches and (non-drug) blunt objects as my time as a bouncer. But I am a kitten when it comes to mouth and foot pain. HATE IT. Fortunately it’s almost done. The tooth in question was cracked in half in an unfortunate ice accident a year ago. Next up is to get a crown and my smile will look diabolical again!!!!
Terrorists? Not so much. But don’t tell that to Martha Mullen…
The Virginia woman whose actions led to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev being buried about 30 miles north of her Richmond home said the angry backlash from local officials, some cemetery neighbors and online critics has been unpleasant, but she has no regrets.
“I can’t pretend it’s not difficult to be reviled and maligned,” Martha Mullen [said]. “But any time you can reach across the divide and work with people that are not like you, that’s what God calls us to do.”
Tsarnaev, 26, was quietly buried Thursday at a small Islamic cemetery in rural Caroline County. His body had remained at a Worcester, Mass., funeral parlor since he was killed April 19 in a gunfight with police, days after the bombings that killed three and injured more than 260 in downtown Boston. Cemeteries in Massachusetts and several other states refused to accept the remains.
I really want to argue with Mullen about this, but she’s right; Jesus would want someone to accept and bury Tsarnaev’s remains. Mullen is a better person than I am.