JFK Had a Secret Nuclear Fallout Bunker in South Florida
Originally published on April 27, 2015. In December 1960, the SeaBees — the U.S. Navy’s construction force — supposedly began the mundane task of building a munitions depot behind the Coast Guard station on Peanut Island, Florida. Known as “Operation Hotel,” the SeaBees actually built a secret nuclear fallout shelter for president-elect John... Read more
The CIA’s ‘Freedom Fighter’s Manual’ Is One of the Lamest Comic Books You’ll Never Read
The Central Intelligence Agency’s Freedom Fighter’s Manual has to be one of the most curious works of propaganda the U.S. government has ever published. For one, it’s a comic book. But that’s not the weirdest thing about the Manual. Released during the Contras’ war with the Sandinista government in Nicaragua during... Read more
America Experimented on Conscientious Objectors During World War II
The vast majority of Americans supported involvement in World War II, but a small minority refused to serve in combat because of their religious, philosophical, political or moral beliefs. The Selective Service and Training Act of 1940 gave these conscientious objectors the option of serving in non-combat military roles... Read more
America Tried to Overthrow the Castro Regime With Rap Music
For decades, the United States had sought to destabilize and overthrow the Cuban government. But the most recent attempt to antagonize the Castro regime may have been the strangest. The effort involved the United States Agency for International Development and its attempts to infiltrate the Cuban hip-hop scene. It... Read more
Che Guevara Was Really Into Shotguns and Molotov Cocktails
Shotguns and Molotov cocktails are standard fare during the early phases of revolutions. They’re common and easily obtained in urban and rural areas. Spent shotgun casings are relatively simple and inexpensive to reload. Likewise, Molotov cocktails can be made from an array of readily available household materials — basically,... Read more
Fidel Castro Had a Bizarre Obsession With Milk
Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro loves milk, and especially ice cream. You could say it does a revolution good. “One Sunday, letting himself go, finished off a good-sized lunch with 18 scoops of ice cream,” famed novelist Gabriel Garcia Márquez wrote in his essay A Personal Portrait of... Read more
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