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  • From video games, to Disney movies, to livestock, to anime, we're about to take you on a crash

  • course of some of the craziest things the Navy SEALs found inside Bin Laden's compound

  • after he was shot dead.

  • First, the surprising, before we work our way up to the truly weird.

  • Emails and extensive diaries were found on Bin Laden's computer, showing that - contrary

  • to popular belief - Bin Laden still had a lot more influence and control over al-Qaeda

  • than anyone believed.

  • He communicated with the group extensively through thousands of written correspondences,

  • issuing everything from strategic commands to religious fatwahs.

  • Bin Laden didn't have an internet connection at the compound, so couriers would instead

  • take his written emails on a flash drive, and send them on from a local internet cafe.

  • That's sure to get a laugh out of anyone who knows anything about cyber security.

  • We can only hope he was at least using a VPN.

  • Other deeply personal things soon became CIA property after the raid, including Bin Laden's

  • personal diary and the wedding videos of his son, Hamza.

  • Incidentally, the wedding video actually had great strategic importance to US Intelligence.

  • It was widely believed that Hamza was being groomed to take his old man's place at the

  • seat of the Al Qaeda table, but they hadn't received any photos of him since he was a

  • child...until now.

  • This was presumably pretty useful intelligence, as Hamza Bin Laden was killed by US Forces

  • in Afghanistan between 2017 and 2019.

  • Okay, that's all the serious stuff out of the way.

  • Now let's get strange.

  • Did you know Bin Laden was very possibly a gamer?

  • While we can't ever know who was playing or watching what on the al-Qaeda leader's

  • computer, given he was cooped up for half a decade and had a multitude of video games

  • on his PC, it's more than likely he used some of his favorite video games to blow off

  • some steam.

  • So what kind of games did this architect of terror like to indulge in?

  • A big one was Counter-Strike, the iconic multiplayer game where two teams play as either terrorist

  • or counter-terrorist groups in conflict with one another.

  • We can only wonder which team he preferred to play as - whether he continued to do what

  • he did best online, or if he decided to play as the counter-terrorists instead for a little

  • escapism.

  • He also had a pirated copy of Half Life on his computer, and there's a kind of satisfaction

  • in knowing that he died before he ever got a chance to play Half Life: Alyx.

  • He also had Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the puzzle game Zuma Deluxe, and Sniper Elite:

  • Nazi Zombie Army 2, because we guess even Bin Laden doesn't approve of Nazis.

  • But he wasn't just a PC Gamer.

  • Bin Laden also apparently loved a good emulated Nintendo DS game, because he had a whole bunch

  • of them.

  • These included classics like Super Mario Brothers, and Animal Crossing: Wild World.

  • Incidentally, he didn't pay for official releases of any of these games.

  • The man truly was a monster.

  • But wait, it gets weirder!

  • Without going into too much detail, Bin Laden's computer had a vast number of graphic screencaps

  • from 8-bit Japanese adult games from the late 1990s.

  • His computer also contained such classy file names as - and no, we're not kidding - “_booby_2.JPEG

  • andHORSE_DANCE.flv.”

  • It must have been a very long five years.

  • Incidentally, Osama Bin Laden may have been an Otaku - the Japanese expression for someone

  • who's incredibly enthusiastic about niche topics, more commonly used in the West to

  • describe someone heavily invested in Japanese culture and media.

  • Bin Laden had a vast collection of anime on his computer, including Dragon Ball, Detective

  • Conan, Bleach, and the little-known anime adaptation of the Devil May Cry Game series.

  • Incidentally, he also had a Dragon Ball video game, as well as Final Fantasy VII.

  • Doesn't quite seem like a hobby befitting of a man who had the top spot on the FBI's

  • most wanted list for years on end.

  • But enough about Japanese media.

  • For a guy who despised the West as much as Bin Laden, surely we couldn't expect him

  • to indulge in anything as corrupt and sinful as Western TV and movies, right?

  • Not quite, as it turns out.

  • Bin Laden actually had a vast number of Western movies and TV shows, particularly cartoons.

  • These include Cars, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Chicken Little, and Antz.

  • There's a real irony in a man as antisemitic as Osama Bin Laden owning a Woody Allen movie

  • about talking cartoon ants.

  • Because he probably needed a laugh during his five years of de facto house arrest, he

  • also kept several episodes of the cartoon Tom and Jerry on his computer, as well as

  • an episode of Mr. Bean.

  • He also had the movie adaptation of Resident Evil - which has made a number of viewers

  • wish a team of Navy SEALs would storm in and shoot them.

  • But he wasn't all about the fiction.

  • Like many of you fine, intellectually-curious Infographics fans, he was also a lover of

  • documentaries.

  • These included Mysteries Of Egypt, Sex Crimes and the Vatican, BBC Battlefields, and Welcome

  • to the 11th Dimension - the final part of NOVA's “Elegant Universeseries, a

  • surprising pick for a hardline religious fundamentalist.

  • But without a doubt, Bin Laden's favorite documentary topic was...himself.

  • That's right, Bin Laden had a large number of documentaries about himself and his crimes,

  • including BiographyOsama bin Laden and Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?

  • These presumably gave him a bit of a self-esteem boost whenever the isolation was getting too

  • much for him.

  • In the interest of balance, he also owned a copy of Loose Change 2, the 9/11 truther

  • documentary created by Alex Jones, suggesting the attack was an inside job.

  • We can only assume Bin Laden thought of this one as a dark comedy.

  • But looking at screens for all those years can really mess with your eyes.

  • What about when one of the most evil men on earth just wants to kick back and read a book

  • for a little while?

  • Bin Laden had a pretty vast and varied library, including books on American diplomatic and

  • foreign policy, including Noam Chomsky's Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic

  • Societies and Bob Woodward's Obama's Wars.

  • He was also a big fan of books on conspiracy theories, such as the illuminati and - of

  • course - 9/11 conspiracy theories.

  • He was truly the has-been one hit wonder of infamous international criminals.

  • And finally, some of the things on Bin Laden's computer that were so odd they defy other

  • categories: Internet videos, pictures, and of course, memes.

  • And we're talking ancient memes, too.

  • He had a saved copy of Charlie Bit My Finger, the popular viral video from 2007, a respectable

  • collection of funny and cute cat videos, and even an adorable picture of a stuffed monkey.

  • He also had a weirdly high number of crochet guide videos, including a guide to crocheting

  • an iPod sock.

  • It's almost surreal to think that Bin Laden had these goofy videos on the same harddrive

  • as footage of al-Qaeda beheadings.

  • Bin Laden had a lot of saved YouTube videos on his computer before his death.

  • Thankfully, because we started making videos only a few months before his death back in

  • 2011, there was nothing from The Infographics Show on that deeply cursed harddrive.

  • And finally, one of the strangest things of all on Bin Laden's computer: His press-release

  • bloopers.

  • You may remember the sinister videos of Bin Laden sharing his ideologies and threats against

  • the West on VHS tapes, normally sitting in a cave and flanked by his al-Qaeda henchmen.

  • But while in the Abbottabad compound, Bin Laden filmed a number of practice videos that

  • never ended up getting released to the public - serving almost as a kind of al-Qaeda blooper

  • reel from the master of terror himself.

  • Personally, we can't imagine it'll be finding its way onto America's Funniest

  • Home Videos any time soon.

  • And that's all you need to know about the strangest things the Navy SEALs found in the

  • Abbottabad Compound, Good riddance, Bin Laden.

  • We're sure they have a copy of Chicken Little in Hell.

  • Now go check outFBI's Most Violent Most Wanted Of All TimeandWorst Days In

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