Fact #1105: After days of hiding it from the world, the USSR was forced to acknowledge the Chernobyl disaster after an engineer at a power plant 1000 miles away in Sweden surprisingly noticed radiation on his shoes on his way into the plant. They traced the wind patterns and reported the location of the source.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/9604/26/chernobyl/230pm/index2.html

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