If you were about to press the trigger on the weapon that would destroy the world (or come close, anyway) then wouldn’t you want to do it with a touch of style? Some elegance, wit, or mordancy?

Well, the Strategic Air Command takes a more phlegmatic view. As Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica reports:

"… for two decades, all the Minuteman nuclear missiles in the US used the same eight-digit numeric passcode to enable their warheads: 00000000.”

Nothing times eight?

Surely they could have done better than that. How about, for instance, au revoir?

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