Viral Pics

Mountain goats

Young mountain goats try and see how many can fit onto this rock in Mount Evans, Colorado.


How Akita dog candy is made.

When you can make your husband dress up like a Christmas Nutcracker

Her Majesty the Queen bursts into a rare smile as she passes her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Honduran White Bats

The Honduran White Bat (Ectophylla alba) feeds exclusively on fruits. Like many other bat species, the Honduran White Bat (Ectophylla alba) is in decline. Currently listed as Near Threatened, these Central American bats roost in leaf tents.

The man who prevented WWIII

Stanislav Petrov, the man who made the decision not to fire at the United States after a faulty report from the Russian missile detection that a nuke had been fired, which probably prevented WWIII.
To clarify, Stanislav Petrov did not actually make a decision not to fire nuclear weapons in response to a false positive detection of an incoming nuclear strike from the USA. He did not have the authority to order a nuclear response. What he did do was choose not to follow hard and fast protocol to call and report the detection up the chain of command to his military higher-ups and members of the Soviet Politburo as he had been ordered to do once a detection had taken place.
This incident occurred on September 26, 1983. In that incident, Stanislav Petrov was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces who was serving as the senior duty officer in charge of the command center at a Soviet early warning bunker (known as "Serpukhov-15").
During his duty shift that day, the Soviet Union's Oko early-warning satellite system made a detection that it erroneously interpreted as being an incoming ballistic missile launch from the United States. Thankfully, Petrov did not believe the warning to be authentic and going against well-established procedures, he refused to immediately notify his higher-ups in the military or Politburo political apparatus.
Interestingly, the reason Lieutenant Colonel Petrov did not believe the launch warning datastream coming in from the Oko satellite was because luckily, he had actually been heavily involved in monitoring the development of the Soviet Oko early warning satellite constellation since its earliest design days (due to his rank and expertise, he was the top military liaison between the Soviet Air Defense Forces and the satellite design and testing team during the satellite's development), and he knew it was a very poor, unreliable system and could not be trusted because contrary to what the Soviets publicly claimed about Oko at the time, it was highly prone to the threat of giving false-positive detections.



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