You could guess it's the name of a feminine hygiene product, a superhero’s dog, or one of those huge, greasy hamburgers Paris Hilton orally copulated on the hood of a car; you'd be wrong, but those are all good guesses.
Supermax is home to some of America’s most notorious homicidal lunatics, including Zacarias Moussaoui-Wowie (9/11), Eric Rudolph (’96 Olympics and abortion clinic bomber), Richard Reid (shoe bomber), Terry Nichols (Oklahoma City) and Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber).
With a name and a roster like that, I imagine the building itself has a super-sized ego.
Supermax gets its name from the fact that it’s not just a maximum security prison, it’s a super-duper security prison.
How can this be? "Maximum" is an absolute, yet this purports to be more fortified than your run-of-the-mill maximum security facility.
It makes one wonder, then, what kind of prison has the highest security level of all. The Ubermax, perhaps? (Where will all this penal one-upmanship end?)
I didn’t know the Supermax existed until recently, but I wonder, what does a prison like that have that others don’t? Five barbed wire fences instead of four? Eight guard towers instead of six?
You just know the people running lesser-security prisons feel threated by the Supermax. Its very existence suggests they're not doing enough to keep their prisoners locked up.
Don't feel inadequate, guys. But do pick up a couple extra locks and some more shotgun shells down at the hardware store, why don't you?