Ten of the Stranger Words on the Homeland Security Watch List
The Internet is buzzing today over the story from the UK Daily Mail revealing a long list of words that the Department of Homeland Security monitors on social media and online media for signs of terrorist activity. As you might expect, the list contains words that are not surprising -- bomb, hostage, anthrax -- and some that might be. It has led to speculation among nerds that the government is clearly watching just about everyone.
Who is surprised by this? Raise your hand. If you raised it, we would like to offer you a way to make a million dollars through a West African prince. Seriously!
When perusing the list, there were a number that caught my attention, but here are the ten I found to be the most odd.
Rice Owls Mens Basketball vs. St. Thomas University Men's Basketball
TicketsWed., Dec. 21, 7:00pm
Advocare V100 Texas Bowl
TicketsWed., Dec. 28, 8:00pm
Rice Owls Mens Basketball vs. Middle Tennessee State Univ Blue Raiders Mens Basketball
TicketsThu., Jan. 5, 7:00pm
PRCA XTreme Bulls
TicketsFri., Jan. 6, 7:30pm
Next time you think to post about a shape you saw in the clouds or, God help you, a photo of said clouds, think twice, buster.
One can only assume they mean some sort of tsunami and not the horrible, now defunct Google Wave, because that would be truly scary.
8. San Diego
I get that it is right across the border from drug cartels, but it's funny to think of a city as relatively harmless-seeming as San Diego on a terrorist word watch list. It's like claiming Madison, Wisconsin, is a danger.
Guess my angry rant about the cancellation of Alcatraz got me the evil eye recently.
Photo by Paul Sedillo
What this list appears to not be.
Also, "swine" made the list. The only consolation is that foodies must rank way up on the most-watched list.
Snow, ice and even hail, I get. But is there any precipitation less threatening than sleet?
If you need it, don't ask the government. Also, don't talk about the Beatles.
1. Social Media
Maybe the best word on the list if it means people stop using it.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Houston, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.