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Missile Control

This picture was taken at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota. This is an example of the kind of gallows humor that must have gone along with the assignment to man the ICBM launch facility. Tony Gatlin painted this door in 1989. As he tells the story, the Domino's Pizza theme was selected because of the colors of paint they had available.

At the time, Domino’s Pizza was famous for its “thirty-minute” guarantee – your pizza in 30 minutes or less, or your next one was free. Perfect. I decided to appropriate the slogan for our artwork and came up with my first draft, “Rapid City to Moscow in 30 minutes or less,” but Rob pointed out that was probably a little too, um, blunt, so we changed it to “world-wide delivery” to be a little less specific.

Note there is no handle on the door. The facility was manned 24 hours a day during the Cold War, and someone had to let you in from the inside. -via reddit


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