Friday, January 14, 2005

Sex Bomb

When I saw the headline "PENTAGON TOYS WITH SEX BOMB" on Drudge, I of course thought of the classic Tom Jones song, but it would have made no sense for them to be toying with that song, would it?

Come to find out, that wasn't what the story was about, rather it was a story about discarded ideas for non-lethal chemical weapons, such as the titular sex bomb, which was described thusly:
Most bizarre among the plans was one for the development of an "aphrodisiac" chemical weapon that would make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other. Provoking widespread homosexual behaviour among troops would cause a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" blow to morale, the proposal says.

I'll leave the jokes on that one for you guys to make amongst yourselves. I have to think that there'd be, you know, moral and legal implications to a bomb that would pretty much be a giant date-rape pill.

I like the descriptions of the other bombs that were considered.

Other ideas included chemical weapons that attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats to troop positions, making them uninhabitable. Another was to develop a chemical that caused "severe and lasting halitosis", making it easy to identify guerrillas trying to blend in with civilians. There was also the idea of making troops' skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight.

I believe Tommy and I had a conversation about bombs filled with angry bees or other bugs that would be dropped on enemy troops.

And, the other ideas were a morning breath bomb and a sunburn bomb? Um, ok.

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