June 28, 2006
Wired has a roundup of mistakes that nearly led to nuclear war. Notable:
October 25, 1962 A guard at an Air Force base in Duluth, Minnesota, shoots someone climbing a fence (not knowing itís a bear), which triggers a miswired alarm at an Air National Guard base in Wisconsin. Nuclear-armed F-106 fighter jets scramble.
I can’t decide if these are grimly funny or just grim.