An atomic bomb-proof strongbox protects the U.S. Constitution from terrorists and thieves


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/01/25/an-atomic-bomb-proof-strongbox.html


#2

Well, anyone watching the documentary National Treasure would know what was behind the security system and how it works.

I highly recommend it, very informative as to how our nation was designed and created by very innovative Masons. Unlike most documentaries I also found it very entertaining, they’re usually so dry!


#3

"An atomic bomb-proof strongbox protects the U.S. Constitution from terrorists and thieves "

Thus insuring that the constitution may be one of the few things that survives a Trump presidency (well, an original copy of the document itself if not the intent) .


#4

I often wonder if BB editors choose topics based on the jokes they enable us to make, inspired by them. I don’t actually believe that, but it’s a recurring thought.

(Or maybe the joke is implicit in the choice of topic, as a subtext, and it’s up to us to get the joke, which I’m just now realizing.)


#5

Is it really nuclear proof? I read somewhere that only round shelters worked in tests. I’m not sure where I saw that though.


#6

Sadly it is vulnerable to conveniently timed upkeep/preservation.


#7

Chuckle-worthy.

I think I’m spending too much time reading BB.


#8

Doesn’t keeping the Second Amendment under bulletproof glass kind of undermine the spirit of the thing?


#9

Atomic bomb-proof , climate controlled strongbox? Neat. Does it dispense chilled water and keep beer cold too?


#10

Well, if you force the systems into thinking it requires preservation, of course it can be conveniently timed.


#11

######Disclaimer: not actually proof against atomic bombs.


#13

Yeah, gotta drive the kids, and the horses to the field (have to bring the spare horse, too.) Polo moms have to work way harder than soccer moms.


#14

All kidding aside, I watched a BTS video about the production design of “National Treasure”. The producers and writers worked very closely with the National Archives and the NSA to come up with an elaborate, detailed depiction of the care and security of the Declaration . . . which was 100% fiction.


#15

I have no idea what you’re talking about. I mean, obviously Nicholas Cage was imprisoned for this theft, why else haven’t we seen him in any movies for years?


#16

We should all be so lucky . . .


#17

Maybe Steven Seagal ate him? (Might have to post that in the AFacts thread…)


#18

For what it’s worth, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), run by the Government Publishing Office (GPO), works the “preservation of ‘foundational’ texts for all Americans” idea from a little different angle. “Depository libraries” around the United States (currently 1100+) must offer public availability to the “core collection” of documents provided by GPO which include (but are not limited to):

Budget of the United States Government Catalog of U.S. Government Publications Code of Federal Regulations Congressional Directory Congressional Record (daily) Federal Register (daily) Statistical Abstract of the United States United States Code

In addition, Title 44 USC requires any US Government agency producing a publication to publish it through GPO (or inform GPO of its publication) unless it’s considered restricted information (classified, or contains personally identifiable information). Once the item is in print (or is otherwise published), GPO distributes the documents to the Depository Libraries for public access. And if you’re bursting to see what sort of stuff GPO distributes, find it at http://catalog.gpo.gov .

All of which is to say that the Archives may have a real neato safe and whatnot (and yeah, it’s neat), but GPO actually went to the trouble of geographically distributing publications–no bigass safe needed.

Besides, I’m told Chaotic Neutral Elves around the world are bigly into safecracking…


#19

Wait -Diebold? You people are entrusting Diebold…


#20

Is it Drumpf proof though? How about TGOP proof?


#21

OK. Check “U.S. Constitution” off my list of “What’s in Rob’s safe?” guesses.