Gay bomb

The „“ are informal names for two theoretical non-lethal chemical weapons that a United States Air Force research laboratory speculated about producing; the theories involve discharging female sex pheromones over enemy forces in order to make them sexually attracted to each other.

In 1994 the Wright Laboratory in Ohio, a predecessor to today’s United States Air Force Research Laboratory, produced a three-page proposal on a variety of possible nonlethal chemical weapons, which was later obtained by the Sunshine Project through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Die „Gay Bomb“ und der asymmetrische Krieg

Die Diskussion über eine Bombe, die feindliche Truppen schwul machen soll, ist wieder entbrannt

Erst tauchte die bereits vor Jahren vom Sunshine Project und der BBC aufgebrachte Nachricht bei CBS wieder auf, dann fand sie ihren Weg in die Blogs: Die „Schwule Bombe“, die Soldaten wehrlos machen soll, indem sie sie mittels eines starken Aphrodisiakums dazu bringt, übereinander herzufallen.

Bereits 1994 hatten Mitarbeiter des Wright Laboratory auf der Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio die Idee im Rahmen eines Bündels von Konzepten für nicht-tödliche Chemiewaffen aufgebracht. Das Labor hatte 7,5 Millionen Dollar für die Entwicklung der Waffe beantragt. Die Wissenschaftler wollten sich auf körpereigene Substanzen konzentrieren, die, künstlich hergestellt und über die Atemwege oder die Haut aufgenommen, die Soldaten in sexuelle Raserei versetzen sollten. Wörtlich heißt es in dem Papier:

„One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior.“

Allerdings ging die weitere wissenschaftliche Forschung nicht unbedingt gnädig mit der Idee um. Vor allem wurde bezweifelt, dass sich das sexuelle Interesse durch eine „extreme Triebsteigerung“ auch auf Personen gleichen Geschlechts legen würde. Handlungen in Gefängnissen oder auf Schiffen haben häufig mehr mit Hierarchieritualen als mit einer durch Triebstau herbeigeführten Homosexualität zu tun. Mehr Wirkung hätte das in dem Konzept angedachte extrem starke Aphrodisiakum deshalb eventuell auf geschlechtlich gemischte Armeen – wie etwa die amerikanische oder die israelische. Diese wären dann kampftechnisch unter Umständen im Nachteil.

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Scientists developed ‚gay bomb‘ to make enemy soldiers stop fighting and make love

„All’s fair in love and war,“ the old proverb goes.

And one group of military scientists certainly took the statement to heart when they designed a „gay bomb“ to make enemy soldiers irresistible to each other.

Researchers from the US Air Force submitted a three-page proposal to Pentagon chiefs to develop lust-creating chemical weapon, it has been revealed.

Scientists at the Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio – working to make American military might even mightier – made the discovery in 1994, according to detailed papers unearthed through a freedom of information request.

And last night they were finally rewared with an Ig Nobel prize for peace, a spoof of the Nobel prizes, due to be announced next week.

Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research and the man behind the Ig Nobel awards, explained: „We don’t know if this document was the start and end of it or whether, in fact, this project continued and perhaps continues to this day.“

The awards ceremony at America’s prestigious Harvard University celebrate the quirkier side of science, handing out 10 gongs.

In previous years the prizes have honoured a centrifugal-force birthing machine that spins pregnant women at high speed and Britain’s official six-page specification for how to make a cup of tea.

Among this year’s winners was Briton Brian Witcombe, who picked up a gong for discovering that sword swallowing’s most common injury is, surprise, surprise, a sore throat.

In his report, published in the British Medical Journal, Mr Witcombe, a radiologist at Gloucestershire Royal NHS foundation trust, wrote that sword swallowers knew theirs was a dangerous occupation.

Because he could find only two reports in the literature of injuries from the practice, he canvassed almost 50 sword swallowers to explore their technique and its side-effects.

„Sore throats – ’sword throats‘ – occur when swallowers are learning, when performances are repeated frequently, or when odd-shaped or multiple swords are used,“ he concluded.

He went on to describe how one swallower had lacerated his pharynx as he tried to swallow a curved sabre.

And another damaged his oesophagus and developed an inflammation of the protective membrane around his lungs „after being distracted by a misbehaving macaw on his shoulder“.

Also, a belly dancer suffered a major haemorrhage „when a bystander pushed dollar bills into her belt causing three blades in her oesophagus to scissor“.

Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Australia won this year’s Ig Nobel prize for literature with her study of the word „the“ and the various problems it causes for anyone trying to index things.

In a report for the journal the Indexer, she said that taking the „the“ into account was useful in many situations: „In the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for example, each ‚the‘ is as important as the others.

„If we sort on the initial ‚the‘ (as well as the following ones in their turn), then we are according each of the articles equal importance.“

But she conceded that a blanket rule to incorporate ‚the‘ into indexes often led to long lists of titles starting with the word, making specific entries harder to find. A particular problem, Dr Abrahams added, was indexing the rock band the The.

Juan Manuel Toro, Josep Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Barcelona University, collected the linguistics Ig Nobel for showing that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards.

Genuine Nobel laureates presented the prizes to winners. Rich Roberts (medicine 1993), William Lipscomb (chemistry 1976), Craig Mello (medicine 2005), Robert Laughlin (physics 1998), Roy Glauber (physics 2005), Dudley Herschbach (chemistry 1986) and Sheldon Glashow (physics 1979) handed over the gongs.

Last year’s winners included a Welsh engineer who designed a gadget to disperse gangs of loitering teenagers by playing a shriek that only they could hear and a study into how woodpeckers avoid headaches.

Dr Abrahams said of this year’s winners: „They make you laugh when you first hear about them. You almost have no choice, then you can’t quite get them out of your head afterwards. It’s slightly difficult to accept that these things are real – but they are.“

Medicine: Brian Witcombe of Gloucester and Dan Meyer of Antioch, Tennessee, for their report in the British Medical Journal, Sword Swallowing and its Side-Effects.

Physics: L Mahadevan of Harvard and Enrique Cerda Villablanca of Santiago University, Chile, for studying how sheets become wrinkled.

Biology Johanna van Bronswijk of Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, for a census of the mites, insects, spiders, pseudoscorpions, crustaceans, bacteria, algae, ferns and fungi with whom we share our beds.

Chemistry: Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Centre of Japan, for developing a way to extract vanilla essence from cow dung.

Linguistics: Juant Manuel Toro, Josep Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Barcelona University, for showing that rats cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards.

Literature: Glenda Browne of Australia, for her study of the word „the“ and the problems it causes when indexing.

Peace: The Air Force Wright Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio, for instigating research on a chemical weapon to make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other.

Nutrition: Brian Wansink of Cornell University, for exploring the seemingly boundless appetites of human beings by feeding them with a self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup.

Economics: Kuo Cheng Hsieh, of Taiwan, for patenting a device that catches bank robbers by dropping a net over them.

Aviation: Patricia V Agostino, Santiago A Plano and Diego A Golombek of Argentina, for the discovery that Viagra aids jetlag recovery in hamsterse.

Scientists developed 'gay bomb' to make enemy soldiers stop fighting and make love

The U.S. Military Once Proposed a “Gay” Bomb

One doesn’t commonly associate the slogan “make love not war” with the U.S. military. Indeed, the United States military is feared and formidable precisely because it has proven so effective at conceptualizing clever and innovative ways to search, find and destroy, often with the simple push of a button. However, in a departure from these hostile traditions, in 1994 the Wright Laboratory, part of the U.S. Air Force, produced a three page proposal for a “gay bomb”.

Documentation obtained by the Sunshine Project, an anti-biological weapons non-governmental organization, found that the Ohio-based Wright Lab requested a 6 year, $7.5 million grant to create a variety of non-lethal weapons. The bluntly titled project, called “Harassing, Annoying and ‘Bad Guy’ Identifying Chemicals” reads like a bawdy proposal penned by a Bond Villian- Auric Goldfinger perhaps?

It proposed a bomb “that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistibly attractive to one another”. While the laboratory also came up with similarly questionable ideas, such as bad-breath bombs, flatulence bombs and bombs designed to attract swarms of stinging insects to enemy combatants, one has to admit that the gay bomb is certainly the most novel.

The Pentagon maintains that the love affair with the gay bomb idea was brief. However, the Sunshine Project thinks the Pentagon doth protest too much, finding that they “submitted the proposal to the highest scientific review body in the country for them to consider”. Indeed, the proposal’s information was submitted to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.

The Pentagon certainly admits giving the project consideration, releasing a statement affirming: “The department of defence is committed to identifying, researching and developing non-lethal weapons that will support our men and women in uniform.”

Nonetheless, the project never made it off the ground. But the question remains: how did they even come up with such an idea? Perhaps the best clue lies in the political climate at the time. When newly elected President Bill Clinton attempted to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military, there was a din of saber rattling, pitchfork sharpening and moral hand-wringing from the military brass.

The general consensus among many leaders of the military was touted by the Department of Defence, “Homosexuality is incompatible with military service.” And that allowing gay people in the military would pose a security risk and disrupt the needed order for the military to be resulting Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (later fully called Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, and Don’t Harass) compromise, which has since been struck down, was less than thrilling for the Pentagon at time.

Under such circumstances, with paranoia about gay people disrupting military discipline and morale, this project seems, notwithstanding its highly flawed premise, somewhat more understandable, at least in terms of how they came up with the idea.

As to the science behind this military farce, while various companies, peddling scented sprays and rub-ons, find it expedient to claim that their product contains human pheromones which have an aphrodisiac effect, lab testing has lagged behind somewhat in actually confirming any of this. Admittedly, one section of the documents, entitled “New Discoveries Needed” acknowledges that, thus far, no such chemicals have been found to exist.

While the Gay Bomb project never became perhaps more than a pie in the sky dream of the Wright Lab, it has gained a second lease on life through news media, popular culture and even academia.

The news of this proposed weapon of mass lovin’ even spawned a musical, disappointingly entitled “Gay Bomb – The Musical”. Why they chose this title, as opposed to say “Brothers-in-Arms”, “Das Booty”, or “Saving Ryan’s Privates” is a mystery we may never solve…

For the attempt at making a gay bomb, the Wright Lab had the honor of winning the Ig Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. As the prize is organized by the Annals of Improbable Research, it seems to be an excellent home for the project, though perhaps a step down from the National Academy of Sciences.

Among other 2007 IG Nobel prize winners were Mayu Yamamoto (Chemistry), awarded for extracting vanilla flavour from cow dung, and Dan Meyer and Brian Witcombe, (Medicine) awarded for researching the side effects of swallowing swords. The levity of the event seemed lost on the gay bomb creators, however, who kept a straight face about the whole matter; they declined to attend the award ceremony to accept the prize personally. One hopes they were not insulted by this tongue-in-cheek gesture. After all, is all not fair in love and war?

The U.S. Military Once Proposed a “Gay” Bomb

Make Love, Not War: The US Air Force ‘Gay Bomb’ Proposal

But in 1994, the US Air Force said, “Hold my beer.” Among the most preposterous ideas came when the US Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, proposed to build the “Gay Bomb” which would make enemy combatants “sexually irresistible to one another.”

What Happened to the After It Dropped the Atomic Bomb

After the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, “a city died, and 70,000 of its inhabitants.” The B-29 bomber stayed airborne, hovering above a terrifying mushroom cloud.

This “dreadful instant,” as TIME once put it, helped speed the end of World War II, launched the atomic age and began an ethical debate over the decision to use nuclear weapons that has continued for more than 70 years — and that has extended to questions about the plane itself.

The Enola Gay is a B-29 Superfortress, which pilot Paul Tibbets named after his mother, and which had been stripped of everything but the necessities, so as to be thousands of pounds lighter than an ordinary plane of that make. In 1945, it was given an important task. “It was just like any other mission: some people are reading books, some are taking naps. When the bomb left the airplane, the plane jumped because you released 10,000 lbs.,” Theodore Van Kirk, the plane’s navigator, later recalled. “Immediately [Tibbets] took the airplane to a 180° turn. We lost 2,000 ft. on the turn and ran away as fast as we could. Then it exploded. All we saw in the airplane was a bright flash. Shortly after that, the first shock wave hit us, and the plane snapped all over.”

The plane Tinian Island, from which it had come. A few days later, on Aug. 9, the U.S. dropped another atomic bomb, this time on Nagasaki. While it did not drop the bomb on Nagasaki, the Enola Gay did take flight to get data on the weather in the lead-up to the second strike on Japan.

After the war, the airplane took flight a few more times. In the aftermath of World War II, the Army Air Forces flew the Enola Gay during an atomic test program in the Pacific; it was then delivered to be stored in an airfield in Arizona before being flown to Illinois and transferred to the Smithsonian in July 1949. But even under the custody of the museum, the Enola Gay remained at an air force base in Texas.

It took its last flight in 1953, arriving on Dec. 2 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. As the Smithsonian recounts, it stayed there until August of 1960, until preservationists grew worried that the decay of the historic artifact would reach a point of no return if it stayed outside much longer. Smithsonian staffers took the plane apart into smaller pieces and moved it inside.

The idea of a gay bomb came from a desire to debilitate and distract their opponents but not necessarily kill them.

The concept of a “gay bomb” sounds like something out of a bad science fiction movie. A bomb that would drop a mixture of chemicals on the enemy and literally make them fall in love with one another to distract them from their wartime duties seems like such an impossible, far-fetched, ludicrous plan that no one could ever possibly attempt it, right?

In 1994, the US Department of Defense was looking into theoretical chemical weapons that would disrupt enemy morale, debilitating enemy soldiers but not going so far as to kill them. So, researchers at the Wright Laboratory in Ohio, a predecessor to today’s the United States Air Force Research Laboratory, began exploring some alternative options.

What existed, they asked, that would distract or delude a soldier long enough to mount an attack, without causing the soldier any bodily harm?

The answer seemed obvious: sex. But how could the airforce make that work to their advantage? In an act of brilliance (or insanity) they came up with the perfect plan.

They put together a three-page proposal in which they detailed their $7.5 million invention: the gay bomb. The gay bomb would be a cloud of gas that would be discharged over enemy camps “that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistibly attractive to one another.”

Basically, the pheromones in the gas would turn the soldiers gay. Which sounds totally legit, obviously.

Of course, very few studies have actually produced results that back this proposal up, but that didn’t stop them. The scientists continued to suggest additions to the gay bomb, including aphrodisiacs, and other scents.

Thankfully, the gay bomb was only ever theoretical and never put into motion. However, it was proposed to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and sparked a series of other, equally unusual chemical warfare ideas.

In the next few years, scientists theorized a “sting me/attack me” bomb, which would drop a scent that attracted swarms of enraged wasps, and one that would make skin suddenly unbelievably sensitive to the sun. They also proposed one that would cause “severe and lasting halitosis,” though it’s not entirely clear what they hoped to achieve by just giving their enemies bad breath.

Among the more comical ideas was a bomb titled “Who? Me?” which simulated flatulence among the ranks, hopefully distracting the soldiers with terrible smells long enough for the U.S. to attack. That idea was scrapped almost immediately, however, after researchers pointed out that some people throughout the world don’t find the smell of flatulence particularly offensive.

Like the gay bomb, these creative chemical ideas also never came to fruition. According to Captain Dan McSweeney of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate at the Pentagon, the department of defense receives “hundreds” of projects per year, but none of these particular theories ever took off.

“None of the systems described in that [1994] proposal have been developed,” he said.

Despite the drawbacks, for their work in such an innovative field, the researchers who conceptualized the gay bomb were awarded the Ig Nobel Prize, a parody award which celebrates unusual scientific achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think.”

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Wright Laboratory won the 2007 Ig Nobel Peace Prize for „instigating research & development on a chemical weapon—the so-called ‚gay bomb‘ / ‚poof bomb‘ —that will make enemy soldiers become sexually irresistible to each other.“ [7] However, Air Force personnel contacted were not willing to attend the award ceremony at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre to accept the award in person.

The 1994 project that sought to weaponise fabulousness

The US military has a long and storied history with homosexuality. The earliest examples of someone being expelled from the military for homosexual behaviour come from February 1778. Lt. Gotthold Frederick Enslin was court marshalled after he was discovered in bed with another soldier. He was expelled from the Continental Army by order of none other than George Washington himself.

While it’s no surprise to find rampant homophobia even at the nation’s inception, being gay was not actually a crime in the US military until much later than many would assume. While plenty of men were dishonourably discharged for being gay throughout the 19th century, it wouldn’t be until 1916 that ‘assault with the intent to commit sodomy’ was listed as a crime. In 1920, this would be revised to any homosexual act.

The punishment for homosexual behaviour was up to five years in military prison, the forfeit of all pay and allowances, and a dishonourable discharge, which can in and of itself lead to difficulties securing work, military benefits, and even a pension.

From WW1 homosexual acts were illegal under martial law, but there was no outright ban on being gay exactly. That all changed in 1982 and simply being gay in the military was illegal. As the Department of Defence stated: ‘homosexuality was incompatible with military service’. In 1992, it was estimated that around 17,000 men and women were discharged during the 1980s as a direct response to this.

By 1993, a compromise between President Bill Clinton and the Republican-led Congress led to the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law. While being gay was no longer illegal, telling people you were gay, fraternisation and homosexual behaviour would all get you dishonourably discharged.

1994 & Weaponising Fabulousness

During shortages of personnel, especially in WW2, the US military would relax its screening process, allowing gay people back into military service, but only for a time. It wouldn’t be until 1994, only one year after ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ came into effect, that the true potential of being gay became clear to the US military in what is perhaps the most bullish, straight form possible — a bomb.

To understand exactly what was proposed, it helps to take a look at the science behind it. The idea behind pheromone research is that ‘males’ and ‘females’ each have a distinct set of pheromones that are attractive to people of the opposite gender. It became more interesting, however, when a team of researchers in the early 2000s observed that homosexual males showed similar patterns of sexual attractiveness during MRI scans, as heterosexual females when shown stimulating material. The same was coloration was observed in homosexual women and heterosexual men.

From this, the researchers deduced that receptiveness to certain pheromones, in some small way, may play some part in dictating sexual orientation. The study has some interesting possibilities but it’s important to remember that the results were small, subtle changes in brain waves, not overwhelming lust.

Copulins, which are often still marketed to this day as part of numerous perfumes and colognes, as having ‘aphrodisiac’ effects, have their pseudo-scientific roots in the 1970s, but it was this ‘discovery’ that the Wright Lab in Ohio (today the United States Air Force Research Laboratory) centred around. The science remains largely unfounded and based on observations of rhesus monkeys, as opposed to humans.

The idea was so potent to the US Air Force though, that a proposal was put forward to weaponise these compounds. The quote that sums the project up best is as follows: ‘One distasteful but non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behaviour’.

A combination of strong aphrodisiacs and pheromones was thought to be so powerful that it would overwhelm even the straightest soldier into an insatiable lust for his fellow soldiers. As a non-lethal weapon, it certainly would be an interesting one.

Sadly, outside the world of fiction, this doesn’t work. It turns out humans are a little more compilated than pheromone sensitive sex machines. Spraying a group of male soldiers with female pheromones, as the bomb would’ve done, not only ignores the fact that pheromones are a small part of a very complex sexual mechanism, but assumes that sex can overcome our survival instincts, even in a combat situation.

Ironically, it also means that only gay men and straight women would be left to do the fighting.

Changing Times

$7.2 million was requested for the development of the project, but it was deemed to have too many issues and scraped before ever being developed. It speaks to the tone of the times though. The US was on the one hand persecuting gay people, while also trying to weaponise the very part of them they were most afraid of.

In a world of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ the US sought to use something they didn’t understand, to simplify it down to a chemical that could be mass-produced and sent to the frontlines. Gay people have often been seen as a threat to society, to the social order, but in the theatre of war, their place has remained uncertain.

Even today, after the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and the opening up of many militaries across the globe to gay people, the stigma remains. After President Trump’s recent challenges to transgender protections in the military, many have begun to fear for other LGBTQ+ rights in the military too.

The future of LGBTQ+ soldiers is still be written and fought over in the corridors of power while the soldiers themselves continue to fight and die on foreign battlefields.

Never forget though, that as late in history as 1994, gayness was still something to be feared by the world’s strongest military.

The U.S. Military’s Proposed “Gay” Bomb

One doesn’t commonly associate the slogan “make love not war” with the U.S. military. Indeed, the United States military is feared and formidable precisely because it has proven so effective at conceptualizing clever and innovative ways to search, find and destroy, often with the simple push of a button. However, in a departure from these hostile traditions, in 1994 the Wright Laboratory, part of the U.S. Air Force, produced a three page proposal for a “gay bomb”.

Documentation obtained by the Sunshine Project, an anti-biological weapons non-governmental organization, found that the Ohio-based Wright Lab requested a 6 year, $7.5 million grant to create a variety of non-lethal weapons. The bluntly titled project, called “Harassing, Annoying and ‘Bad Guy’ Identifying Chemicals” reads like a bawdy proposal penned by a Bond Villian- Auric Goldfinger perhaps?

It proposed a bomb “that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistibly attractive to one another”. While the laboratory also came up with similarly questionable ideas, such as bad-breath bombs, flatulence bombs and bombs designed to attract swarms of stinging insects to enemy combatants, one has to admit that the gay bomb is certainly the most novel.

The Pentagon maintains that the love affair with the gay bomb idea was brief. However, the Sunshine Project thinks the Pentagon doth protest too much, finding that they “submitted the proposal to the highest scientific review body in the country for them to consider”. Indeed, the proposal’s information was submitted to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.

The Pentagon certainly admits giving the project consideration, releasing a statement affirming: “The department of defence is committed to identifying, researching and developing non-lethal weapons that will support our men and women in uniform.”

Nonetheless, the project never made it off the ground. But the question remains: how did they even come up with such an idea? Perhaps the best clue lies in the political climate at the time. When newly elected President Bill Clinton attempted to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military, there was a din of saber rattling, pitchfork sharpening and moral hand-wringing from the military brass.

The general consensus among many leaders of the military was touted by the Department of Defence, “Homosexuality is incompatible with military service.” And that allowing gay people in the military would pose a security risk and disrupt the needed order for the military to be resulting Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (later fully called Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, and Don’t Harass) compromise, which has since been struck down, was less than thrilling for the Pentagon at time.

In such a political climate, with rampant unfounded paranoia about gay people disrupting military discipline and morale, this project seems, notwithstanding its highly flawed premise, somewhat more understandable in terms of how they came up with the idea and why they believed it might be an effective weapon.

As to the science behind this military farce, while various companies, peddling scented sprays and rub-ons, find it expedient to claim that their product contains human pheromones which have an aphrodisiac effect, lab testing has lagged behind somewhat in actually confirming any of this. Admittedly, one section of the documents, entitled “New Discoveries Needed” acknowledges that, thus far, no such chemicals have been found to exist.

While the Gay Bomb project never became perhaps more than a pie in the sky dream of the Wright Lab, it has gained a second lease on life through news media, popular culture and even academia.

The news of this proposed weapon of mass de-lovin’ even spawned a musical, disappointingly entitled “Gay Bomb – The Musical”. Why they chose this title, as opposed to say “Brothers-in-Arms”, “Das Booty”, or “Saving Ryan’s Privates” is a mystery we may never solve…

For the attempt at making a gay bomb, the Wright Lab had the honor of winning the Ig Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. As the prize is organized by the Annals of Improbable Research, it seems to be an excellent home for the project, though perhaps a step down from the National Academy of Sciences.

Among other 2007 IG Nobel prize winners were Mayu Yamamoto (Chemistry), awarded for extracting vanilla flavour from cow dung, and Dan Meyer and Brian Witcombe, (Medicine) awarded for researching the side effects of swallowing swords. The levity of the event seemed lost on the gay bomb creators, however, who kept a straight face about the whole matter; they declined to attend the award ceremony to accept the prize personally. One hopes they were not insulted by this tongue-in-cheek gesture. After all, is all not fair in love and war?

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„Gay Bomb, Gay Bomb – You’re My Gay Bomb…“

Das Pentagon hat einem amerikanischen Fernsehsender bestätigt, dass hochrangige Militärs einen Plan in Betracht gezogen, aber dann verworfen haben, eine sogenannte Gay-Bomb (Schwulen-Bombe) zu bauen.

Der Name Gay-Bomb ist dabei leicht missverständlich. Der Plan sah nämlich nicht vor, eine Bombe über den Vereinigten Staaten abzuwerfen und dabei alle Schwulen auszulöschen. Die Bombe sollte gegen feindliche Soldaten eingesetzt werden:

„The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistibly attractive to one another „

Nochmal auf Deutsch, damit man sich das auf der Zunge zergehen lassen kann: Die Amis wollten eine Waffe bauen, die eine Chemikalie ausströmt und feindliche Soldaten schwul macht. Dadurch wären sie vom Kampf abgelenkt, würden geil aufeinander werden und lieber übereinander herfallen, als an das Kämpfen zu denken.

Für den Bau der Bombe hatte das Air Force-Laboratorium ein Budget von 7,5 Millionen Dollar veranschlagt.

Chemicals in the water are turning frogs gay

One of Jones‘ most notorious conspiracy theories is that the government is using chemicals in order to turn people gay, using a mysterious „gay bomb“ devised by the Pentagon.

„The reason there’s so many gay people now is because it’s a chemical warfare operation, and I have the government documents where they said they’re going to encourage homosexuality with chemicals so that people don’t have children,“ he said on his broadcast in 2010, according to NBC News.

Five years later, the theory took a turn. In a rant that has since become a meme and a line of t-shirts, Jones said he didn’t like the government „putting chemicals in the water that turn the friggin‘ frogs gay.“

„The majority of frogs in most areas of the United States are now gay,“ Jones said in 2017. The claim was without evidence.

In 1994, a government lab did request funds to pursue the development of a weapon that would turn enemy combatants gay, though the project was quickly shelved and no such weapon was developed. A 2013 report in Gizmodo notes that the same lab also requested funding for „bad-breath bombs, flatulence bombs and bombs designed to attract swarms of stinging insects to enemy combatants,“ noting that „the gay bomb is certainly the most novel.“

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By the time the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan approached, the Smithsonian had already spent nearly a decade restoring the plane for exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. But when the nearly 600-page proposal for the exhibit was seen by Air Force veterans, the anniversary started a new round of controversy over the plane, as TIME explained in 1994:

The display, say the vets, is tilted against the U.S., portraying it as an unfeeling aggressor, while paying an inordinate amount of attention to Japanese suffering. Too little is made of Tokyo’s atrocities, the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor or the recalcitrance of Japan’s military leaders in the late stages of the war — the catalyst for the deployment of atomic weapons. John T. Correll, editor in chief of Air Force Magazine, noted that in the first draft there were 49 photos of Japanese casualties, against only three photos of American casualties. By his count there were four pages of text on Japanese atrocities, while there were 79 pages devoted to Japanese casualties and the civilian suffering, from not only the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki but also conventional B-29 bombing. The Committee for the Restoration and Display of the Enola Gay now has 9,000 signatures of protest. The Air Force Association claims the proposed exhibition is “a slap in the face to all Americans who fought in World War II” and “treats Japan and the U.S. as if their participation in the war were morally equivalent.”

Politicians are getting in on the action. A few weeks ago, Kansas Senator Nancy Kassebaum fired off a letter to Robert McCormick Adams, secretary of the Smithsonian. She called the proposal “a travesty” and suggested that “the famed B-29 be displayed with understanding and pride in another museum. Any one of three Kansas museums.”

Adams, who is leaving his job after 10 relatively controversy-free years, sent back a three-page answer stiffly turning down her request for the Enola Gay. The proposed script, he says, was in flux, and would be “objective,” treat U.S. airmen as “skilled, brave, loyal” and would not make a judgment on “the morality of the decision [to drop the bomb].”

Meanwhile curators Tom Crouch and Michael Neufeld, who are responsible for the content of the display, deny accusations of political correctness. Crouch claims that the critics have a “reluctance to really tell the whole story. They want to stop the story when the bomb leaves the bomb bay.” Crouch and Neufeld’s proposed display includes a “Ground Zero” section, described as the emotional center of the gallery. Among the sights: charred bodies in the rubble, the ruins of a Shinto shrine, a heat-fused rosary, items belonging to dead schoolchildren. The curators have proposed a PARENTAL DISCRETION sign for the show.

The veterans, for their part, say they are well aware of the grim nature of the subject. They are not asking for a whitewash. “Nobody is looking for glorification,” says Correll. “Just be fair. Tell both sides.”

Eventually, the criticism from veterans, Congress and others resulted in major changes to the exhibition. “[The show] will no longer include a long section on the postwar nuclear race that veterans groups and members of Congress had criticized. The critics said that the discussion did not belong in the exhibit and was part of a politically loaded message that the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan began a dark chapter in human history,” the New York Times reported. That version of the exhibition opened in 1995, displaying more than half of the plane, the restoration of which was still unfinished.

But the exhibition proved popular. When it closed in 1998, about four million people had visited it, according to a report‘s Correll — the most ever to visit an Air and Space Museum special exhibition to that point.

It would take until 2003 for the full plane to be displayed, at the Air and Space Museum’s location in Chantilly, Va. That opening again provoked protest, but it can still be seen there.

And as long as it is on display, the questions it raises are likely to continue — after all, they have been with the Enola Gay since it first became a household name.

Even on board, the men who flew the plane knew as much. Van Kirk, the navigator, later described the crew as having had the immediate thought that, “This war is over.” And copilot Robert A. Lewis kept a personal log of the mission, which — when it was later made public — offered a look at what else they were thinking. “I honestly have the feeling of groping for words to explain this,” he wrote of the moments after the mushroom cloud rose, “or I might say My God what have we done.”

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Abschreckungswaffe gegen homophobe Guerilla

Vertreter amerikanischer Schwulenverbände wie Geoff Kors von Equality California machten sich dementsprechend eher über das Konzept der Bombe lustig, als sich empört zu zeigen – auch deshalb, weil Homosexualität in der Militärgeschichte durchaus häufig vorkam, ohne dass die Kampfkraft von Soldaten Schaden genommen hätte – beim Heer Alexanders angefangen.

Das Pentagon verlautbarte auf eine Anfrage nach dem aktuellen Stand des Projekts gegenüber CBS offiziell unverbindlich: „The Department of Defense is committed to identifying, researching and developing non-lethal weapons that will support our men and women in uniform“ – deutete dem Fernsehsender aber gleichzeitig an, dass man die Pläne nicht mehr weiter verfolge. Tatsächlich unterschrieben die USA 1997 eine Chemiewaffenkonvention, die den Bau solch einer Waffe eigentlich verbietet. Allerdings forscht das amerikanische Militär zur Zeit verstärkt an so genannten nicht-tödlichen-Waffen, zu denen auch eine „Gay Bomb“ beziehungsweise ein „Gay Spray“ zählen würden.

Das Sunshine Project hatte die Akten über das Projekt bereits vor längerer Zeit öffentlich zugänglich gemacht. Dies war möglich, weil sie vom Militär als „nicht mehr geheim“ im Sinne des Freedom of Information Act freigegeben wurden. Die bereitwillige Freigabe könnte allerdings zweierlei Ursachen haben: Entweder forscht das Militär tatsächlich nicht mehr an einem solchen Projekt und billigt ihm auch keine Zukunftsaussichten zu – oder es hat Interesse an Gerüchten über eine Waffe, deren technische Verwirklichung nur wenig wahrscheinlich ist. Denn vielleicht sind Gerüchte über diese Waffe ja erfolgversprechender als die Waffe selbst.

Während das postulierte Konzept vorsah, dass die Soldaten durch ihre Wollust kampfunfähig gemacht und dann überwältigt werden sollten, könnte der Vormarsch der asymmetrischen Kriege eine ganz neue Dimension der Waffe in den Vordergrund rücken: Die Abschreckung. Die Waffe würde sich nämlich perfekt zur Verunsicherung stark homophober Kämpfer eignen: Mit ihr könnte dem feindlichen Kombattanten in seiner eigenen Vorstellung nicht das Paradies mit Jungfrauen blühen, sondern etwas, vor dem er potentiell mehr Angst hat, als vor dem Tod (Vgl. „Yallah, Nasrallah“ und Junge britische Muslime wenden sich verstärkt dem Islam zu). Auch gegenüber christlichen Fundamentalisten in den USA, die sich vor der Steuerbehörde verschanzenRegierungsgebäude in die Luft sprengen hätten Gerüchte vom Einsatz solch einer Waffe wahrscheinlich durchaus Drohpotential.

Edward Hammond vom Sunshine Project fand in den Akten noch einige Pläne für andere bizarre Waffen. Eine davon, die „Who?-Me?-Bombe“, sollte derart unangenehme Körpergerüche erzeugen, dass sie die Kampfkraft von Soldaten schwächt. Das Konzept wurde wieder aufgegeben, weil die Bombe bei den amerikanischen Truppen möglicherweise wesentlich stärker gewirkt hätte, als bei potentiellen Feinden: in den dazu freigegebenen Dokumenten heißt es wörtlich „that people in many areas of the world do not find faecal odour offensive since they smell it on a regular basis“. (Peter Mühlbauer)

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Good lord have these incompetent fools never heard of Alexander the great?!!!

Making a army gay just means they will have an easier time finding a sexual partner to relieve the stress which arguably would make them more effective and raising moral.

Or how about the famously fearful Spartans & their rather loose judgements of what constituted a homosexual citizen/relationship, perhaps?

6 Antworten zu „Gay Bomb, Gay Bomb – You’re My Gay Bomb…“

Gute Idee eigentlich. Warum sind denn die anderen Nationen noch nicht drauf gekommen?Was isn das für ne Chemikalie? Kölsch?

ne kölnisch wasser ? oder doch besser 4711? erinnert mich an die schlussszene vom film „das parfüm“

Ich vermute ja dass die Russen oder ein Schurkenstaat bereits mit Erfolg ein ähnliches Konzept verfolgt haben, und über den Staaten eine Bombe abgeworfen haben welche die Amerikaner dazu bringt George Dabeljjuh zu wählen.

Sollte es diese Chemikalie bereits geben, dann her damit. Ich wollte schon immer mal ein paar Heten drehen ?

Gay Bomb

Operation Gay Bomb Symone Hengy ET:6.12.19 im Hybrid Verlag Rezension ❌ Werbung unbezahlt Ich bedanke mich ganz herzlich beim Verlag für die Bereitstellung des Rezensionsexemplars! ❌ Leichen, deren Körper sich in kürzester Zeit auflösen, und ein Klient mit unglaubwürdiger Geschichte. Welche Ziele verfolgt ein Bund aus ehemaligen Ostblock-Agenten? Und was verbirgt sich hinter dem Unglück in den Österreichischen Alpen? Völlig unvermittelt geraten die Hauptkommissarin Marlies Bender und der Privatermittler Alexander Buschbeck ins Dickicht geheimdienstlicher Aktionen. Scheinbar zufällige Ereignisse folgen einem ausgeklügelten Konzept, einem ungeheuerlichen Plan tödlicher Selbstjustiz. ❌ Meine Meinung : Symone Hengy hat bereits eine spannende Trilogie(Gloria Siegel ) und den Protagonisten Alexander Buschbeck veröffentlicht. Die Bücher finde ich richtig klasse!!! ❌ Man kann Operation Gay Bomb ohne Vorkenntnisse lesen. ❌ Der Einstieg war extrem spannend. Michael Groth ist in Österreich bei einem Ausflug unterwegs und meint seine Tochter, die als Baby angeblich während der Geburt verstorben ist,lebend gesehen zu haben!Kann das wirklich sein?Mit Hilfe von Privatermittler Alexander Buschbeck ,möchte er es herausfinden. ❌ Alexander Buschbeck, ist ein ehemaliger Polizist und inzwischen als Privatermittler tätig. ❌ Alexander besitzt eine außergewöhnliche Fä verrate ich mal nichts ?Ich mag das. ❌ Des weiteren treffen wir auf Hauptkommissarin Marlies Bender, die sich um Aufklärung eines Falles bemüht. ❌ Ehemalige Ostblockagenten und ein Wissenschaftler gehören ebenfalls mit zur Geschichte. ❌ Zwei verschiedene Fälle, die zusammen hängen? ❌ Es bereitet mir keine Mühe dem ganzen zu braucht halt eine gewisse Zeit um die ganzen Handlungsstränge zu entschlüsseln. Das ist ja auch so gewollt. Die Vorstellung über einen Einsatz einer Gay Bomb,ist hat die Autorin gut recherchiert. Immer wieder gab es spannende Momente. An manchen Stellen war es mir leider zu die Auflösung nahte,überschlugen sich die Ereignisse und die gewünschte Spannung kam wieder auf.

[Rezension] – Symone Hengy – „Operation Gay Bomb“ Klapptext: Leichen, deren Körper sich in kürzester Zeit auflösen, und ein Klient mit unglaubwürdiger Geschichte. Welche Ziele verfolgt ein Bund aus ehemaligen Ostblock-Agenten? Und was verbirgt sich hin

Symone Hengy hat hier einen sehr sehr fesselnden Thriller geschrieben. Ihr Schreibstil ist sehr fließend, sodass man das Buch sehr gut Lesen kann. Auch finde ich es schön, dass bei jedem Kapitel der Name steht um wen es sich genau dreht in dem jeweiligen Kapitel. Es ist ein „Must-Have“ für alle Thriller Freunde.. Es schient nicht so zu sein, wie man am Anfang denkt 🙂 Es gibt ein sehr spannendes Ende!

Hochkarätiges Lesevergnügen

Hochkarätiges Lesevergnügen Der Schreibstil der Autorin ist absolut fesselnd, bildhaft, tiefgründig und hatte mich bereits seit Veröffentlichung ihrer Trilogie um die Profilerin Gloria Siegel von ihrem Können überzeugt. Ihr neuestes Werk hat mich ungemein fasziniert und ist an Spannung kaum zu überbieten. Sie besticht durch ihre ausgezeichnet, recherierte und äußerst fundierte Schreibweise. Der Spannungsbogen wird brillant und kontinuierlich aufgebaut. Die Handlungsstränge werden geschickt miteinander verbundenen, ein verzweifelter Vater, der seit 30 Jahren nach seiner Tochter sucht, ein Trupp ehemaliger Ostblock Geheimdienstagenten, ein hochintelligenter Wissenschaftler der im geheimen Genforschungen betreibt, ein alter Bekannter, nämlich Alexander Buschbeck, der inzwischen ziemlich zurückgezogen als Privatermittler tätig ist und nicht zuletzt Marlies Blender, frischgebackene Hauptkommisarin der Mordkommission in Dresden. Es gibt eine Reihe von Leichen, die sich in kürzester Zeit verflüssigen. Alte Strukturen und Seilschaften der Geheimdienste, insbesondere der ehemaligen Stasi, die man nach dem Mauerfall so nicht erwartet hätte. Wie das jetzt alles geschickt miteinander verbunden ist, was die super ausgearbeiteten Charaktere alles Erleben, Durchleben müssen, was es letztlich mit der Operation Gay Bomb auf sich hat, könnt ihr nur selbst herausfinden. Ich verspreche euch auf jeden Fall Faszination, Spannung, temporeiches Geschehen, ein hochkarätiges Lesevergnügen und meine absolute Lese Empfehlung. Ich freudiger Erwartung auf weitere Buschbeck Fälle.

Ein toller Thriller für Zwischendurch!

In dem Thriller „Gay Bomb“ geht es um die Entwicklung einer Waffe, die feindliche Soldaten bzw Gegner in sexuelle Ekstase versetzt und sie somit kampfunfähig macht. Ist sowas möglich? Gleich zu Anfang befindet man sich mit Michael Groth in einem militärischen Sperrgebiet, wo er Zeuge einer riesigen Explosion wird und auch seine totgeglaube Tochter trifft. Daraufhin bittet er den Privatermittler Alexander Buschbeck, auf der Suche nach seiner Tochter, um Hilfe. Doch je weiter Buschbeck in dem Fall ermittelt und rechechiert, überschlagen sich die Ereignisse und offenbaren eine Verschwörung in großem Maße. Das Einsetzen einer Gay Bomb konnte man sich ganz gut vorstellen und war gar nicht so abwegig. Jedoch war mir in diesem Buch der Bogen überspannt und stellenweise die Geschichte zu verworren, sodass ich nur schwer in die Story hinein finden konnte. Zu Anfang war die Spannung vorhanden, ließ mit der Zeit aber immer mehr nach und konnte mich auch zum Ende hin nicht mitreißen. Die Kapitel von Friedrich Hartmann und seine früheren Agenten-Kollegen aus dem Osten waren zuerst sehr unterhaltend und humorvoll, zogen sich jedoch irgendwann in die Länge. Alexander Buschbeck war mir das ganze Buch über suspekt und ich kann auch jetzt nach Beenden des Buches nicht wirklich viel über ihn aussagen. Die Kapitel über seine Recherche ließen sich ganz gut lesen, doch die „mysteriösen“ Entdeckungen gingen spurlos an mir vorbei und ließen keine Spannung oder Schnappatmung aufkommen. Marlies Bender fand ich von allen Charakteres am besten und der Strang mit der Leiche und dem Gerichtsmediziner war wirklich super und ruck zuck gelesen. Aus Henrys Sicht hätte ich gerne mehr gelesen, denn die paar Kapitel über ihn waren leider nicht aussagekräftig, um über ihn urteilen zu können. Die ganze Zeit über tappte man im Dunkeln, versuchte die Zusammenhänge der verschiedenen Handlungsstränge zu entschlüsseln. Mit jedem Kapitel kam man dem ganzen mehr auf die Schliche und es passte alles am Ende irgendwie zusammen. Das hat mir wirklich gut gefallen. Auf die Liebesgeschichte zwischen Alexander und Marlies, wenn man es so nennen darf, hätte man für meinen Geschmack gerne verzichten können. Denn sie war in der Story völlig überflüssig. Im Großen und Ganzen ist „Operation Gay Bomb“ ein toller Thriller für Zwischendurch. Wer fiktive Geschichten mag, wird hiermit gut unterhalten.

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