A great big greasy stack of classified documents.
Here at Melville House, there are two subjects that can, without fail, rouse us from our winter torpors: pizza boxes and the NSA. One, we published the definitive book on, and the other… well, you know, it’s currently reading this blogpost and wondering if I’m worth putting on watchlist (go ahead, make my day!).
But it wasn’t until today that I learned that the two have something in common. Thanks to Nicholas Basbanes’ book On Paper: The Everything of Its 2,000 Year History, I now know that America’s least favorite nosy roommate recycles “one hundred million ultrasecret documents a year,” and they end up in, among other places, pizza boxes.
And indeed, it turns out that the NSA is very green, as well as being very intrusive. They describe their paper recycling process in detail on their website: it involves a giant blender and turns out the equivalent of three pick-up trucks’ worth of paper pulp every day. “Therefore,” they say, “NSA’s recycling efforts save over 2,200 50-foot tall southern pine trees!” Two thousand two hundred southern pine trees that you could take a nice lunchtime hike through while the NSA spies on you, presumably.
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