A US Selective Service database merge used two-digit years, and didn't sanity-check its threatening notices to 19th century men who'd apparently failed to sign up for the draft by their 18th birthday.
That's how some 14,000 angry letters came to be sent to the last known residences of Pennsylvania men born in the 1880s, whose registration could not be located. In some cases, there were still living relatives of the men in their family homes, who were alarmed and surprised to receive stern notices about the state's expectation that their long-dead ancestors would muster to carry a rifle.
To make things worse, the understaffed Selective Service offices put people who called in for an explanation into interminable hold-queues that ended with disconnection.
14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1800s [Michael Rubinkam/Boston.com]
(Image: Lead Belly draft registration card, ca. 1942, Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)
A kerfuffle about a Canadian university where yoga classes were cancelled after concerns about cultural appropriation were raised by the Centre for Students with Disabilities sparked Michelle Goldberg, author of a biography of yoga pioneer Indra Devi to discuss the complicated issue of cultural exports, cultural appropriation, and the history of yoga.
This amusing criticism of game rating inflation is doing the rounds. Who can deny that game ratings are inflated? And that if it gets less than 7, it’s gonna suck. But the suggestion that this inflation is a phenomenon of the 2010s; now, that is suspect. I cracked open a 1990s copy of ACE magazine—one […]
Changing technology made it a legend, then gentrification killed it. But Chinatown Fair, Manhattan’s legendary video arcade, is open to players again in a new location. The Lost Arcade is a forthcoming documentary about a place best summed up in the line: “of course the best players went there. It was the only place still […]
Store more on your Mac without making a scene thanks to this microSD memory card adapter. Compatible with MicroSD, MicroSDHC, and MicroSDXC, HyperDrive sits unnoticeably inside your machine without any protruding parts getting your way. Store everything from documents, movies, music, and photos, to Time Machine backups without spending major cash on cloud storage.Instantly expands […]
Carrying this EDC card is like slinging around a handheld toolbox wherever you go. Its minimal design is small enough to fit in your wallet’s billfold, and it’s TSA-compliant so you’ll never leave it behind. It’s got hex wrenches, metric and imperial rulers, flathead and Phillip’s screwdrivers, and a bottle opener so that you’re ready […]
Today only take an additional 15% off the below drones today using coupon code: DRONE15 at checkoutThe Code Black is our top-selling drone of all time—and for good reason. This powerful, palm-size drone is not only insanely fun to fly, but can capture some serious video footage from up above. With a flight time of […]