- The creepy, kitschy and geeky patches of US spy satellite launches — “If anything, it’s an internal gag. Like, how far can you take it without being reprimanded? Or maybe the patches represent jokes that cropped up in the processing of the satellites, which we’ll never know unless they’re declassified—and maybe not even then.”
- The story behind the NRO’s sinister octopus logo — “It’s really neat to me. It’s kind of saying the enemy has nowhere to run.”
- What does the red swoosh in NASA’s ‘meatball’ logo mean? — The distinctive red shape wasn’t just a designerly flourish.
- Trippy retro DEA patches — DEA and other federal agencies created their own patches to identify different units, and they had a particularly definitive flair during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s.