Amusing Things That Happened During The Cold War

Cold War wasn’t “hot” in the sense that guns were fired, it encompassed numerous smaller conflicts all of which were very “hot” and led to many lives being lost. In this list, however, we are going to focus on the stranger and less well known aspects of the war. This will include blunders, mess ups, and quirky facts.

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Operation Kitty was a real operation undertaken by the CIA to equip cats with spy equipment. The first mission failed, however, when the cat was run over. Not surprising the $15 million operation was subsequently dropped

Operation Kitty was a real operation undertaken by the CIA to equip cats with spy equipment

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In 1945 several Soviet school children presented a US ambassador with a US seal for his office. It hung there for 7 years before it was found to have a listening device. The device came to be known as The Thing and was one of the first passive covert listening devices.

In 1945 several Soviet school children presented a US ambassador with a US seal for his office. It hung there for 7 years before it was found to have a listening device. The device came to be known as The Thing and was one of the first passive covert listening devices.

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The Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear warhead to ever be detonated, was exploded as a test in the arctic. It’s cloud reached 7 times the height of Mount Everest.

The Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear warhead to ever be detonated, was exploded as a test in the arctic. It's cloud reached 7 times the height of Mount Everest.

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In the middle of the Cold War, a German aviator named Mathias Rust flew straight through Soviet defenses and landed in the Red Square to ease tensions between the East and the West. The craziest part? He was only 18 years old and had less than 50 hours of flight experience.

In the middle of the Cold War, a German aviator named Mathias Rust flew straight through Soviet defenses and landed in the Red Square to ease tensions between the East and the West

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When the CIA noticed some soccer fields in Cuba they became worried because “Cubans play baseball while Soviets play soccer”. This eventually led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

When the CIA noticed some soccer fields in Cuba they became worried because

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