September 26 is Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov Day. He is the man who saved the world on that fateful day on September 26, 1983. If he mindlessly followed protocol, we might have had WW 3. So, in honor of a man who didn’t mindlessly follow, but think, let’s give thanks to the man who saved the world.
This story via Less Wrong.
There is a moral to this story: Don’t mindlessly follow, think!