How Did a Computer Glitch Inform Thousands of Dead American Men to Register for the Draft?

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Thanks to a computer glitch, the US' Selective Service System recently reminded over 14,000 men born between the years of 1893 and 1897 to register for the draft. This was a silly thing to do since the youngest of these men is 117 years old and surely not battlefield-ready. America!

Starting on June 30th, a "computer error" caused the government to start sending out these reminder letters to men in Pennsylvania. They were meant for men born between the years of 1993 and 1997, men who are now of fighting age. "It's never happened before," Selective Service spokesman Pat Shuback told the Associated Press.

The good news is that if someone received one of these letters and happened to still be alive, they wouldn't have to do a thing. The US government regrets the error. But hey, as far as governmental computer glitches goes, it could've been worse. [Washington Post]