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eggshaped
21103.  Wed Jun 01, 2005 7:13 am Reply with quote

I’ve found a lot of good stuff about non-lethal chemical weapons, but I’m beggared if I can think of a good way of shoe-horning it into a question.

Firstly there’s the case of the “who, me?” compound, a sulphur-based substance which smells of rotting food and carcasses. This was developed during WWII and shipped over to France, where it was hoped French resistance fighters would be able to humiliate and embarrass German soldiers by making them smell horrific. The idea backfired though, as “who, me?” was a very difficult material to manage, and any attempts to affect Germans lead to both Resistance members and large areas of France smelling very pungent.

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=57693
http://www.americanscientist.org/template/AssetDetail/assetid/14758

Also, a 1994 research proposal put forward by the US Air Force Wright Laboratory was recently obtained under Freedom of Information by the Sunshine Project. The proposal was called "Harrassing, Annoying and ‘Bad Guy’ Identifying Chemicals", and proposed that chemicals be used to attract annoying creatures to the enemy, to make a lasting non-lethal marking on the enemy so he could be easily identified, or, somewhat bizarrely:
Quote:
“One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behaviour.”


http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cache:xAUltGB7sfUJ:www.bradford.ac.uk/acad/nlw/research_reports/docs/BNLWRPResearchReportNo7_May05.pdf+%22Harrassing,+Annoying%22+%22Identifying+Chemicals%22&hl=en

There could also be the possibility of going into the history of Chemical Warfare, beginning millennia ago with poison-tipped arrows. But like I say, the opening question eludes me. I'm posting this here in the hope that someone can come up with something inspired.

 
MatC
21114.  Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:49 am Reply with quote

"Who me" is surely too good to miss!

How about something really simple and open-ended like "What did German soldiers smell of in occupied France?"

 
eggshaped
21116.  Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:55 am Reply with quote

Hmmm, with a xenophobic forfeit for "garlic" or "sausages" or "garlic sausages"?

sounds good

 
MatC
21121.  Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:08 am Reply with quote

or sauerkraut with added garlicky snails ...

 

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