1. This just in: The United States military was reportedly testing a fearsome backup weapon if “Fat Man” and “Little Boy,” the respective code names for the two atomic bombs dropped over Japan in World War II, had failed to detonate.

    Documents recently unearthed by filmmaker Ray Waru reveal that the U.S. military was working with the New Zealand government to develop a devastating tsunami bomb, which was meant to send a 33-foot tidal wave crashing into Japan’s coast.

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  2. Photo: AP Photo/Royal Pigeon Racing Association

    It seems at least one World War II-era carrier pigeon died in vain. Earlier this month, David Martin, a resident of Surrey, England, found parts of a decades-old pigeon skeleton when he was cleaning out his chimney. This was no ordinary pigeon. The bird had a red canister attached to its leg with a secret code inside — 27 groups of five letters each, which has completely stumped Britain’s top code breakers at Government Communications Headquarters and at the prominent Pigeon Museum at Bletchley Park. Officials are hoping that the public release of the uncrackable message might uncover the necessary code books to decipher what the sender was trying to convey. But why is this missive proving so hard to crack? 

    The curious case of the uncrackable World War II code

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  3. Govt investigation reveals gruesome STD experiments in Guatemala

    Between 1946 and 1948, about 1,300 soldiers, mental health patients, prisoners, and prostitutes in Guatemala were intentionally infected with one or more STDs. None were told what they were being exposed to, and more than 80 people died, though it’s not clear if the medical experiments were directly responsible for killing them. The experiments were funded by the U.S. Public Health Service, a federal agency.