U2 spy plane incident. Francis Gary Powers shot down over USSR. Sentenced to 10 years for spying, he was returned 2 years later in a prisoner exchange.
USSR invades Afghanistan in Dec. 1979, ending hopes of a Cold War truce.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted for spying for the USSR for delivering nuclear secrets. They were executed in the electric chair. Some controversy lives to this day concerning Ethel’s culpability.
Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, “Operation Danube.” A joint invasion of Czechoslovakia by five Warsaw pact nations designed to stop reforms within the country and strengthened the Moscow-oriented Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.
Korean Airlines flight 007 Boeing 747 shot down over the USSR Sept. 1 1983. The airliner had gone off course. 269 passengers and crew killed.
@PocketBrain Wow, that #2 one was a hard one. The Afghanistan invasion was one of three options I thought of but couldn’t find any collaborating videos or photos for any of the three. I have doubt on my answer of the Arab-Israeli Conflict so good luck to you.
Oddly enough, after having been shot down out of the stratosphere in his U2 over USSR, Gary Powers died when the helicopter he had been flying for a TV News channel. Normally, he could have landed safely using autorotation, but he aborted at the last moment, having seen children on the ground in the area.
@cinoclav I usually stop by and look at the Look-Smart Trivia, but I’m generally uninformed on the subject matter; I really couldn’t pass up Cold War however. I’m no aficionado, but it is an area of interest; I was in the Navy at the end of the USSR period of the Cold War and my father was a Russian linguist for the US Army and stationed in NSA during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1963. Probably not included because it would be just too easy to guess; that was the closest we got to a hot war during the Cold War period.
@cinoclav@Ignorant I read that article you linked about the body shaming bitch. She asked for a community service assignment speaking at schools about the danger of social media. They sentenced her to graffiti removal instead. I like that judge.
@PocketBrain I stop by with my googling fingers warmed up. If nothing else I usually learn something, and some days I find a fascinating wormhole to explore. My favorite was the article about emotional support animals where the author bought a certificate on the internet for a llama and took it into stores. There were photos.
@PocketBrain Truly interesting history with you and your father. Mine was not a military family except for my uncle. Unfortunately he lived across the country and I never got to know him very well. But I do know that he was an Air Force pilot that didn’t talk about his service much. Apparently he flew a lot of spy missions. He passed away in October so I guess I’ll never know any more than that.
I dunno know about you, but I think Look Smart is a lot more fun when it’s not obvious who the winner is until I announce it. Like yesterday’s Mystery Theme! Drum roll please… the winner was… @Trillian! They figured out the triple-double-letter theme and posted one of their own. It might be the hardest anyone’s ever worked for a $5 coupon:
and 6. Mississippi
(posted by @Trillian)
@JasonToon@Trillian This was the tricksiest one of these I’ve seen and I’m really impressed that you cracked it!
I could’ve studied those pics for a lifetime and never even come close to the correct answer.
@cinoclav After I wrote down my guesses, I figured there was some sort of pattern, but I didn’t know how to define it. So I googled “bookkeeper whippoorwill words”. That brought up a vocabulary list of triple double words, which yielded the rest. There is no way in hell I would have ever guessed barrenness or addressee.
I lucked into this one, seeing the video pop up on my YouTube feed before the forum posted. Gave me a chance to work on the answers; three of them popped out at me immediately, and I had to work a little for the other two. The correct answer is usually up already before I get here!