OK people, prepare yourselves because this is one of the most weird things you are going to read today.
In the 1990s, the US Air Force (then Wright Laboratory) did a research on a variety of possible non-lethal chemical weapons. The idea was to create various non-lethal chemicals that would disrupt enemy discipline and morale. The proposed ideas were extremely weird though. One of them for example was the “Breath Weapon”, a chemical that would cause “severe and lasting” halitosis so that enemy forces would have noticeably bad breath and therefore, it would be impossible for them to blend in with civilians.
Another one was the “Who? Me?” bomb, a bomb which would simulate… farting in enemy ranks. The most strange of the non-lethal weapons though was the so-called “Gay Bomb.”
The plans for the Gay Bomb called for a bomb with very strong pheromones that, when exploded over the enemy, would make enemy’s forces attracted to each other! Or, as the government papers say, “sexually irresistible” to each other! In this way, enemy troops would want to have sex rather than fight.
The plans cost around $7.5m, but they were never pursued.
In 2007 though, Gay Bomb won Wright Laboratory the Ig Nobel Peace Prize. This award, especially since it was many years after the plans have allegedly been abandoned, made a lot of people speculate that the gay bomb (or other ridiculous non lethal weapons) may be still in produce.
Who knows. One day we may find out the hard way!