Working from home has become the new norm as we’re forced to reduce our physical social interactions with others.
There are two types of people: those who enjoy it because they don’t have to travel to work while wearing uncomfortable pants, and those who dislike it.
After all, not everyone’s home can provide the best environment for them to work in—screaming children and equally loud mother-in-laws just don’t help.
Worse, they may even get in the way of your work.
Strange Tweet From US Strategic Command
When you come across a tweet saying “;l;;gmlxzssaw” from an official Twitter account, you may think it probably came from people like Donald Trump.
However, it’s actually from the US Strategic Command, although it really isn’t exactly the type of tweet you’d expect to see from them.
In case you’re not familiar with the organisation, they’re actually a governmental organisation in the U.S. that runs the country’s powerful nuclear weapons force.
Stratcom, as they’re called in short, handles the strategic deterrence of the US Military from their base in Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
Essentially, they take care of the country’s large reserve of deadly nuclear weapons and missile defences, which aim to scare away other external powers from attacking them.
They’re the ones to look for if Kim Jong-un ever threatens to unleash his own nuclear powers on the US again.
Defence stances may very well change in the blink of an eye if any new threats show up, so any media comments coming from Stratcom are considered a big deal and are watched by many.
Is It A Secret Message? Is It A Hacker? No, It’s A Child
The jokes on Twitter are often unrivalled, and many took the chance to speculate whether the undecipherable message was actually a U.S. nuclear launch code.
Others thought the Pentagon had been hacked somehow, while some even thought it was a signal directed at political conspiracists.
Well, it turned out that things weren’t that deep and didn’t need to be read into that much, for it was the work of a curious child.
Stratcom explained to Daily Dot reporter Mikael Thalen that the tweet didn’t contain any secret message, but was merely the after effects of the work from home arrangement of a social media manager.
Filed a FOIA request with U.S. Strategic Command to see if I could learn anything about their gibberish tweet yesterday.
Turns out their Twitter manager left his computer unattended, resulting in his "very young child" commandeering the keyboard. pic.twitter.com/KR07PCyCUM
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) March 29, 2021
“The Command’s Twitter manager, while in a telework status, momentarily left the Command’s Twitter account open and unattended,” commented Kendall Cooper, an officer at Stratcom.
“His very young child took advantage of the situation and started playing with the keys and, unfortunately, and unknowingly, posted the tweet.”
They stressed that “absolutely nothing nefarious” had transpired, and there was no hacking either.
Stratcom had noticed the slip up thirty minutes later and tweeted to disregard the previous tweet, deleting both tweets shortly after.
It’s also not the first time Stratcom’s gotten into a social media frenzy.
They once posted a video of a B-2 stealth bomber dropping two bombs to EDM beats in December 2018, saying that they were dropping something “much bigger” than the New Year’s ball drop at Times Square.
Needless to say, the joke wasn’t taken well and thereafter removed with an apology of it being in “poor taste”.
Well, like the iconic video of a child interrupting her father’s BBC interview, at least the child didn’t accidentally enter the room while the manager was in an important meeting with government officials.
Feature Image: Twitter (@US_Stratcom)