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WTF: CIA Spent $20 Million On A Cat

CyberCat didn't look like this.

CyberCat didn’t look like this.

At the height of the Cold War, the US Central Intelligence Agency was willing to try just about anything to gain an advantage over the dreaded Communists. The agency considered using exploding cigars to remove Cuban leader Fidel Castro; they employed psychics to attempt “remote viewing” of Russian military secrets; and the CIA even put the Soviets on the business ends of clairvoyant minds to attempt mind-control ala “Men Who Stare At Goats”.

One of the CIA’s most bizarre Cold War efforts was “Operation Acoustic Kitty”. In declassified documents from the CIA’s super-secret Science and Technology Directorate, it was revealed that some Cold-War-era cats were surgically altered to become sophisticated bugging devices. The idea was that the cats would eavesdrop on Soviet conversations from park benches, windowsills and garbage containers. The cat was meant to just stroll up to the sensitive conversations, completely unnoticed. The clandestine cat’s electrical internals would then capture and relay the audio to awaiting agents.

The project was funded and work began in 1961. Former CIA officer Victor Marchetti recounts the story of the Acoustic Kitty:

“They slit the cat open, put batteries in him, wired him up. The tail was used as an antenna. They made a monstrosity. They tested him and tested him. They found he would walk off the job when he got hungry, so they put another wire in to override that. Finally, they’re ready. They took it out to a park bench and said, “Listen to those two guys. Don’t listen to anything else – not the birds, no cat or dog – just those two guys!”

The cat ran into the road, and was struck by a taxi almost immediately. Five years of effort and over $15 million in spending were reduced to roadkill in an instant. Shorty after its demise a CIA operative returned to the accident site and put the cat’s remains into a container to prevent the Soviets from getting their paws on the sensitive and expensive listening devices.

Yup, $20 million & cute cyber kittens were flushed down the hole. First off, animal cruelty is bad (bad CIA, bad!), and secondly when have cats ever done what you’ve wanted? Sigh…

Let’s take a moment to think of all the cool cats we know & love: Garfield, Felix, Thunder Cats, Catwoman (meow), your pretty kitty.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

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WTF: Woman Arrested For Calling 911 To Complain About A Burger

Remember yesterday’s story about the woman who attempted to sell her goods for 2 McDonald’s burgers? Well here’s another burger story for you to chew on. Remember when you were a child and your parents said something along the lines of “Be quiet & eat your food or I’m sending you to your room.”, well this is the messed up grown up version of that.

Donna Marie Nichols, 50-year-old Tennessee woman, had called police twice to complain about her Hardee’s hamburger and was arrested for being the latest restaurant patron to get arrested for Abusing the 911 system.

Nichols had told the 911 dispatcher that she didn’t like the burger and tried to get her money back but the cashier would not be able to help her until the next day.

When an officer arrived at her location, she said the burger tasted funny and the officer proceeded to arrest her.

Nichols, pictured in the above mug shot, added that before she contacted cops, she called Hardee’s, “and that they told her to return and they would refund her money.”

In one of her 911 calls, Nichols told the police operator that the Hardee’s food “is no good” and that, “I only took a small bite out of the burger and it’s nasty.”

Nichols was subsequently busted and booked into the county jail, where bail was set at $1500. She was released from custody yesterday evening.

Previously, customers have been popped for calling 911 to register dismay about Burger King lemonade, McDonald’s McNuggets, and pizza.
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Woman arrested for complaining about Hardees burger

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