January 26, 1992

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1992, Russian president Boris Yeltsin announced that his country would stop targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons. When he was asked which American cities were currently being targeted, he supplied a list of 24 cities. The list included the obvious New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, but it also had on it, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Tbilisi, with the later being located in Soviet Georgia. When these discrepancies were brought to his attention, he asked what the U.S. wanted him to do about it and he was told that since Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto were in Canada, the Canadians would most likely not object to those cities being taken off the list. He was also informed that if a couple of mistakes were made and New Orleans and Cleveland were hit with nuclear weapons, a “my bad” might be all it would take to get official U.S. forgiveness. When Yeltsin protested and said that Cleveland was not on the list, he was asked what it would take to put it there.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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