25 Most Amusing Things That Happened During The Cold War

The Cold War was one of the tensest times in human history. The very existence of human hung in constant balance. Nuclear war was on everyone’s mind and mutual distrust filled the air. Spanning the length of time all the way from the end of World War II to the fall of the Soviet Union, the Cold War encompassed several smaller “hot” conflicts like the Vietnam War and the Korean War. In some ways, the Cold War was simultaneously one of the most destructive and one of the most constructive periods in human history. It was pressure and competition between the two sides that led to the Space Race and the moon landings. And numerous scientific discoveries were made as a result of the conflict. Of course, as we said before, all the 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. These are the 25 most amusing things that happened during the Cold War.

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The US and the USSR were initially going to go into space together but after President Kennedy was assassinated, the Soviets didn't trust Vice President Johnson

The US and the USSR were initially going to go into space together but after President Kennedy was assassinated, the Soviets didn't trust Vice President JohnsonSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The USSR thought that the building in the center of the Pentagon was a top secret meeting room so they pointed their nukes at it. It was actually a hot dog stand.

The USSR thought that the building in the center of the Pentagon was a top secret meeting room so they pointed there nukes at it.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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During the Cold War, the Soviets could tell if a passport was fake because the staples in real passports would corrode due to the low quality metal

During the Cold War, the Soviets could tell if a passport was fake because the staples in real passports would corrode due to the low quality metalSource: chigagotribune, Image: wikipedia
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The United States used bears to test the ejector seats of their jets

The United States used bears to test the ejector seats of their jetsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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George Orwell was the first person to use the term "Cold War"

George Orwell was the first person to use the term "Cold War"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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