Not to be outdone by the National Archives, which is releasing a redacted version of the Pentagon Papers 40 years after they were actually published, the National Security Agency today declassified a book on cryptology that was published in 1809, during the presidency of James Madison. If it had been leaked before the NSA was ready, we totally would have lost the War of 1812.
We don't know if you've been keeping up with the big-ticket realty-sales going on down by Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, but these aren't one-bedroom rentals in Van Nuys, mmkay? Seriously posh properties are being sold to seriously surgeried occupants by seriously egg-haired agents. As fabulous as these homes are, however, there's still nothing like the personal touch of being left a beautiful orchid accompanied by a handwritten note wishing that they "have a wonderful summer in the BU." BU. B. U. Buh? Byooooooh. Boston University? Blair Underwood? We're stumped.
The legendary site in England where the Nazis' communication code was finally broken, Bletchley Park, has hit hard times. The land is being eyed by developers eager to build on the spot situated perfectly between Oxford and Cambridge. Among possible funders who turned the opportunity down was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — reportedly because it wasn't "Internet related."