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!
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President Trump announced Friday evening that the U.S. has launched a military strike against Syria, in response to the chemical attacks carried out against civilians in Syria last weekend.
“My fellow Americans. A short time ago, I ordered the United States Arrmed Forces to launch from precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. A combined operation with the armed force of France and the United Kingdom is now underway,” Trump said Friday at the White House.
The attack, which happened days ago, killed more than 40 people.
Earlier Friday, Sanders maintained that Trump believed Assad was behind the alleged chemical attack, but did not provide details on why Trump had stalled on reaching a decision on a potential airstrike after Trump announced on Monday a decision would be made “over the next 24-48 hours.”
“Yes, we’re again confident that both Syria had responsibility in this chemical weapons attack but we also hold Russia responsible for their failure to stop chemical weapons attacks from taking place,” Sanders said at the Friday White House press briefing.
Sanders said at the time that no decision concerning an attack had been made, but said that “we are continuing to have ongoing conversations with our partners and allies.”
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said though that the U.S. did not have proof of a chemical attack on Thursday.
In response to an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in April 2017, Trump ordered a retaliatory missile strike on a Syrian air base.
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