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Friday, January 14, 2005

Tom Jones was not involved...

This is what happens when Pentagon officials spend too much time playing Ratchet and Clank. NewScientist.com has an article about some of the Pentagon's wacky, wacky weapons programs:

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.

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.

Doesn't this sound like the kind of thing that tends to create Spiderman supervillains?
(Hat tip, Drudge)

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