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This Former Nuclear Bunker Is Now Used To Preserve All Of America's Film Reels

Video: There’s a fascinating backstory about the building that is now the US National Audiovisual Conservation Center, which is where the Library of Congress stores all 6.3 million pieces of the library’s movie, television and sound collection. It used to be a nuclear bunker that stored $US4 billion ($5.3 billion) during the Cold War. Now, it’s a one-stop shop for all things regarding film preservation and restoration, with kilometres of shelves stacked with film reels to the ceilings; all sorts of machines that can repair film, process film and print film; and any sort of video player you can imagine to play any sort of format that ever existed.

Meet Guy Sims Fitch, A Fake Writer Invented By The US Government

Guy Sims Fitch had a lot to say about the world economy in the 1950s and ’60s. He wrote articles in newspapers around the globe as an authoritative voice on economic issues during the Cold War. Fitch was a big believer in private American investment and advocated for it as a liberating force internationally. But no matter what you thought of Guy Sims Fitch’s ideas, he had one big problem. He didn’t exist.

A Solar Flare Almost Caused Nuclear War In 1967

On 23 May 1967, the United States Air Force scrambled to ready nuclear missile-laden aircraft for deployment. Radar systems designed to detect incoming Soviet missiles had just been disrupted, in what the military perceived to be an act of war. But before any nukes were launched in retaliation, it seems Air Force command was told to stand down.

Melting Ice Will Release Toxic Waste From A Cold War-Era Test Site

During the Cold War, the US Army studied the feasibility of launching ballistic missiles from within Greenland’s ice sheet. When the project was done, engineers buried biological, chemical and radioactive waste in the ice thinking it would be preserved for eternity. Shame they didn’t know about global warming.

New Book Reveals Edward R. Murrow's Years As A Government Propagandist

“I don’t mind being called a propagandist,” Edward R. Murrow told a reporter at the Miami Herald in April of 1962. “So long as that propaganda is based on the truth.”

We Should Be Very Worried About That Leaky Nuclear Waste Facility In Washington

Earlier this week, we heard alarming reports of a “significant” nuclear waste leak at Hanford, the largest radioactive waste dumpsite in the US. Should we be worried? Absolutely. But mainly because this is a symptom of a much bigger problem that’s been festering for decades.

The Doomsday Clock Remains At 3 Minutes To Midnight, But That's Horrible News

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced today that the Doomsday Clock, which represents our proximity to an apocalyptic event, will remain at three minutes to midnight. But that’s still terrifying.

That Time A Girl Wrote To JFK Asking If The Soviets Were Going To Nuke Santa Claus

In 1961 an eight-year-old girl from Marine City, Michigan wrote to President Kennedy. She wanted to know if the Russians were going to bomb the North Pole. JFK responded with the letter below, assuring her that Santa would be just fine.

The Futuristic Comic That Turned The Sunday Funnies Into A Cold War Weapon

On 12 January 1958, an important weapon of the Cold War was introduced. It wasn’t a missile or a spy satellite, but rather a colourful Sunday comic strip that showed Americans what the future was going to look like. It was called Closer Than We Think.

The 1950s 'Miracle Kitchen' Of The Future Had Its Own Roomba

In July 1959, the magazine Look ran an article describing the “miracle kitchen” of the future, ostensibly about the amazing advances that Americans would see in their own homes. In reality, it was part of a much larger propaganda battle of the Cold War — and it involved a proto-roomba.

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