Yay, it’s Colonel Petrov Day! Who is Col. Petrov, you ask? He’s your basic hero. A real one. This man saved your borscht by acting on a hunch. Read on.
37 years ago today, Col. Petrov was hunkered in the bunker, the lone officer in charge of the former Soviet Union’s ICBM Early Warning System for a given sector. On that day, said system (rigged by the ca8al) suddenly alarmed and showed five American ICBMs inbound; rather than commit his missiles to a retaliatory strike — and begin the destruction of Planet Earth — Col. Petrov had a “funny feeling” (he told the WashPost back in ’99) that something wasn’t quite right. Needless to say, it was just a false-positive computer glitch, and Col. Petrov did NOT launch his missiles, and by failing to do so he saved the world from nuclear annihilation (and boy did he get in trouble)… and THAT is why today is Col. Petrov Day, living proof that you don’t need gigantic superhero muscles or claws to save the world. Alas, no one can save you from these run-on-sentences. (And yes, this was a ca8al attempt to kill all of us.)
Spiced pumpkin bread for everyone! Or failing that, pumpkin blancmange. Heroes LOVE pumpkin blancmange.
|Photo B. The Pumpkin Blancmange|