Your Martini May Be Bugged With A Spying Olive

Your Martini May Be Bugged With A Spying Olive

When it comes to eavesdropping, spies have come up with creative and unexpected ways to do it without risking suspicion or detection. One such unique spying device comes from the 1960s, and would blend right into a cocktail party-the bugged martini. This device is a plastic olive with a built-in sending device and an antenna that looks like a toothpick. The gadget was featured in a 1966 life of LIFE magazine, and the publication stated that anyone could buy the sneaky device for $500. Plopped into a cocktail glass, the bugged martini olive and antenna could transit conversations 100 ft (30.5 m) away.


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