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Popular Technologies

Popular Technologies issue from November 1950, featuring the F-86 Sabre on the front issue cover.

Popular Technologies was an American magazine that published articles about new and future technologies, as well as other scientific advancements.

AboutEdit

The magazine, which cost 10¢ as of November 1950, ran articles relating to scientific discoveries and developments ranging from weaponry to radio broadcasts. However, the magazine was controlled by the office of Perception Protection and Guidance, and many of the articles served as propaganda, especially those reporting about the so-called "European influenza." To reassure the American public about the epidemic, they ran articles about personal hygiene and featured advertisements for the US Army.

ContentEdit

Page 2Edit

PopTech Page2

DEADLY INFLUENZA
CONTINUES TO RAVAGE EUROPE - BIOLOGISTS SCRAMBLE FOR A CURE
    Reports of mass evacuations, mercy killings and widespread
panic continued to filter out of Europe this month as the
devastating influenza outbreak claimed more victims. The body
count has reached the hundreds of thousands and science is at
a loss for answers.
    "We've got a team of biochemists in Fort Greeley assessing
the situation," assured Chad Evverest, a federal health
spokesman. "They're working round-the-clock, so a vaccine
shouldn't be far off. Once we find it, we'll inoculate every
American man, woman, and child before the flu reaches our
shores."
    But how exactly do they plan to halt the deadly plague?
Officials remain tight-lipped.
    "Don't worry," continued Evverest, "We have nothing to fear.
As long as we continue to protect our borders, everyone will
survive this scare without so much as a scratch."

  • NOTE: The map of Europe in the upper right of the article image is a puzzle which leads to ProjectAbraham.com.


You Can't Always Believe Your Ears
KEEP THE AIRWAVES CLEAN
    In our last issue of Popular Technologies, we showed you how to
construct your own HAM radio out of everyday household gadgets like
toothpicks and potato skins. But some individuals are using their radio
know-how to spread lies and fear without permission from the office of
Perception Protection and Guidance.
    Specifically, there have been several transmissions attributed to the
Alliance for American Autonomy (AAA), a dangerous group of radicals
who will stop at nothing to keep our citizens living in fear. Their pirate
radio signals claim that there is no European influenza and that we are
on the verge of a world war.
    "There have also been some phantom signals from Luxembourg, but
the content was nonsensical and confused (most likely due to flu-
induced dementia). These messages indicate a faction of soldiers called
the Maquis, who claim that Paris and Berlin have fallen to alien
invaders. This gibberish should not be believed, under any circum-
stances."


Mail for FREE information        Do it TODAY
Free Information Box:
P.C. Hedges, President
American Radio Organization
PO Box 2141
Pasadena, CA 91102

    Dear Mr Hedges: Without obligating me further, please send your pamphlet
    "American Radio and You" which provides tips and tricks to help me get the
    most out of my radio time while learning how to identify the misinformation,
    slander, and falsehoods told over the airwaves. I understand that no agent will
    visit my home.

(NOTE:Morse Code
Found in the box border below the article, the morse code reads:

..-. --- .-.. .-.. --- .-- - .... . -- .- .--.

Which translates to: FOLLOW THE MAP

This refers to the map accompanying the article Deadly Influenza on page 2 of Popular Technologies.)


A Tomato a Day Keeps
INFLUENZA AWAY
10 EASY WAYS TO AVOID CATCHING THE EUROPEAN FLU


10).........................................................Eat your vegetables.
09)...................................................Wash your hands regularly.
08)....................Report any suspicious characters of European descent.
07)....................................................................Exercise.
06)......................................................Avoid immoral behavior.
05).................................................................Floss daily.
04)..........................................................Take your vitamins.
03).........................Wear a government-issued facemask whenever possible.
02)....................................................Keep a positive attitude.
01)......Sanitize your home thoroughly and spend as much time there as possible.


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PopTech Page 3

War Department Develops Top Secret Aircraft
AND SAYS "HANDS OFF" TO EVERYONE ELSE
A new, state-of-the-art model of the VTOL fighter plane has been constructed under a shroud of secrecy in Washington, D.C. The last VTOL design, the P-1117 Kingfisher, was sold to the United European Defense (UED)]], but this one is all for us. President Noah Grace announced that the latest
VTOL would be used strictly for American security purposes.
    "Our nation is strong," boasted Grace, "But, the only way to keep it that way is to build up our re-
sources and prepare for any eventuality. One look at this magnificent prototype will send a clear mes-
sage through the international community. The
United States will not be bullied - and we've got the
firepower to prove it."
    This initiative is just the latest work of the Special Re-
search Projects Agency. Since its inception in 1934,
SRPA has operated closely with the U.S. War Depart-
ment, though their mission has never been made fully
transparent to the public. Perhaps when the new
VTOL takes flight, we'll know what they've been up to.


Shooting For Peace
THE BIG GUNS THAT WILL REINFORCE
OUR BORDERS IN THE YEARS TO COME

M5A2 CARBINE: The last word in defense, the Carbine is a heavy-duty rifle
with rapid-fire capability and deadly stopping power. Plus, the short stock
makes it convenient for any situation!

L23 FAREYE: It's name says it all! The Fareye sports a long-range scope, a
hair trigger and explosive accuracy. Hunting made easy!

H-VAP JANUS MINIGUN: The
Minigun may sound small, but it
kills big. A weapon that discharges
maximum rounds in minimum time
- what more could you ask for?


MISSING LINK OR ALIEN VISITOR?
While perusing the storage locker at the Helena, Montana Museum of Natural History, Eunice Montebankke made an odd discovery. "I was just doing my monthly inventory and I found this weird rock. Then, I picked it up and a chunk of dirt fell off and I realized it's not a rock at all -- it's a skull!"

The fossil was donated back in 1933 by a local farmer named Josiah Bennivur, but museum officials never fully analyzed the find until Montebankke's serendipitous accident. Now, scientists point to the multiple eye sockets and prehistoric jaw struc-ture as evidence that this organism may or may not have plummeted to earth from parts unknown. Some speculate that the artifact may be related to a skull purportedly found in Estonia back in February of 1947, though the office of Perception Pro-tection and Guidance has officially denied the existence of any such item.

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PopTech Page 4

HELP KEEP OUR NATION SAFE
JOIN THE ARMY













ARE YOU A MALE U.S. CITIZEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 35? READY TO TAKE ACTION BUT NOT
SURE HOW? HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A HERO? WELL, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! ENLIST IN
THE ARMY TODAY. YOU'LL TRAVEL THE GLOBE, SEE WONDROUS, EXOTIC LANDS AND PLAY A PART IN
THE FUTURE OF TOP SECRET MILITARY STRATEGIZING.

WITH THE THREAT OF THE EUROPEAN INFLUENZA LOOMING EVER CLOSER, AMERICA NEEDS
STRONG, HEALTHY VOLUNTEERS TO REINFORCE OUR BORDERS, MAINTAIN THE PEACE AND
REASSURE THE WORLD THAT WE ARE THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH.

SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? SIGN UP NOW!
ENLIST TODAY
GETAWARJOB.COM
PAID FOR BY THE U.S. WAR DEPARTMENT

NotesEdit

  • "Popular Technologies" was released on July 1, 2008 by GamePro magazine for the upcoming of Resistance 2.
  • The US Army advertisement points recruits to the page: Getawarjob.com
  • On page 2, the morse code beneath the radio article points to the map puzzle on the same page, leading to: Projectabraham.com and Blackout (which was later redirected to projectabraham.com).

TriviaEdit

  • Chad Evverest mentions teams of biochemists at "Fort Greeley". There is no real-life Fort Greeley, though there is a Fort Greely (without the third "e") in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is possible that this is simply a typing error.

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