You are living in UK. It is Monday, 2 January 1950. You are reading the daily newspaper.
Your eyes catch the front page news item.
The news item is about a crash of an army truck which was carrying some chemical. 3 army men in that truck suffered severe burns and are now being treated in a govt. hospital.
The place of the crash is Salisbury, which happens to also have a chemical weapons research facility nearby. The research there is aimed at providing UK with the means to arm itself with nerve-gas capability and to develop specific means to defend against attacks from Eastern bloc countries (Soviet Union, etc.).
As you are reading the news item, you recall that you have seen news about similar accidents in the past as well.
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Someone senior in the army is secretly using human beings as guinea pigs for the nerve-gas experiments.
Now, these experiments routinely lead to accidents. Those human beings suffer severe damages and have to be treated in a hospital. But, that would expose the news to other people. So, there needs to be a cover up story for the burns. The truck accident news items help create these cover up stories!
Also, to keep the mission totally secret, only those army-men are recruited who do not have any near or dear ones!
(Source: The Bletchley Circle)
1. Question10 point(s)
What all of the below, about the new item, strike you as being odd?Correct 10 / 10PointsIncorrect / 10 Points
2. Question10 point(s)
Now that you suspect that someone in the army is trying to hide a bigger incident through publicizing this minor accident, can you connect all case dots and infer what may that bigger incident be about?CorrectIncorrect
Additional dot: It was found by some independent investigators that none of the injured army men (ever) had any family or any near and dear one (friend, cousin, girlfriend, acquaintance)!