How to be a WWII secret agent

Digital Implosion: YouTube presents a World War II era training video created by The Office of Strategic Services in 1943. Throughout the hour long session, enlistees are trained on ‘the preparation, arrival and establishment of cover for secret agents.’ I would love to see the 2016 version but I suppose they’d have to kill me after.

Sweden’s Gay Defense System: The Singing Sailor

How do you peacefully keep secret Russian submarines from spying on your country? Let them know how gay you are, at least that is what The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society is recommending. The world’s oldest peace organization and three-time Nobel Peace Prize recipient, is taking to the waters off Stockholm, to install a piece of “gay propaganda” they hope will deter Russia submarines from entering Swedish waters.

According to the Moscow Times, The underwater installation is comprised of a flashing neon sign that reads, “Welcome to Sweden, gay since 1944”. The device also emits a Morse code signal that states, “This way if you are gay.”


The sign plays upon the stark contrast between the two country’s stance on LGBTQ rights. Sweden decriminalized homosexuality 71 years ago, while Russia recently banned the promotion of any “gay propaganda” while also enacting homophobic laws in 2013. The sign is also a direct reference to the recent reports of Russian submarines in Swedish and Finnish waters.

Kurzgesagt: Infographics ‘in a Nutshell’

Munich based design studio, Kurzgesagt, designs some of my favorite infographic videos. German for “in a nutshell,” Kurzgesagt was founded in 2013 by Philipp Dettmer & Stephan Rether. Through the combination of eye popping colors,  minimalist animation and a plethora of consumable facts, they create videos that are entertaining and informative.

“The History and Future of Everything”

“What is Life? Is Death Real”

Do yourself a favor and just visit their website or youtube page. It will be time well spent, even if its well over an hour.

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