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The Best Never-Used Weapons

  1. May 17, 2008 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.wired.com/culture/design/magazine/16-05/st_best

    And one of my favorites: The Great Panjandrum
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=114542
     
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    I like the "Puckle Gun" :biggrin:

    I wonder what shape he'd have chosen for atheists? :rofl:
     
  4. May 17, 2008 #3
    How many pounds of explosives could bats possibly lift?
     
  5. May 17, 2008 #4
    lol About six billion in appropriations worth.
     
  6. May 17, 2008 #5
    I remember hearing about one during the Viet Nam era--late 60's or early 70's in the 'hippie era': It was a variation of a grenade, but they spend who knows how much trying to make the 'new' grenade with the design of a Frisbee. I can't remember if the war ended first, or projected time was extended so often for 'munchies' breaks that it got too expensive.
     
  7. May 17, 2008 #6

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    It might have been George Carlin, but I can't remember for sure. Anyhow, it was a bit about the US Army developing a nuclear hand grenade that would devastate everything within 500 yards of it. Unfortunately, the average soldier could only throw it 20 feet.
     
  8. May 17, 2008 #7
    no--it was an actual 'project' by the defense dept.---again, if I remember right, the DOD spent about 1/4 million on the idea before it was 'scrapped'
     
  9. May 17, 2008 #8

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    The best weapon is always a never used weapon :smile:

    I did once hear about a nuclear land mine developed during the cold war to be deployed in the USSR's path in Europe 'just in case'. The second biggest problem (the first being the uninhabitable atomic scar to be left between E & W Europe) was parts would stop working in the prolonged cold it would have to endure. A proposed solution was to fill the casing with live chickens, food and water. They would be able to keep it warm 'til it was needed.

    I told a vegetarian that once, and her first comment was "oh those poor chickens!"
    Yeah, worry about the chickens 'cause everyone else within 10k will be just fine :rolleyes:
     
  10. May 17, 2008 #9
    <insert icon for "laughing so much you can't breathe" here>

    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  11. May 17, 2008 #10
    The bats were to have carried small incendiary devices. The idea was to start fires in Japan's wooden structure cities.

    One of the most cruel ideas was used in Cuba. CIA operatives would take cats out to the sugar cane fields. They would then soak a long piece of cloth in kerosene and tie it to the cats tail. When they lit the cloth the cats would run wildly through the fields starting fires in the sugar cane crop.

    We haven't always been the good guys.:surprised
     
  12. May 17, 2008 #11

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    Another animal related one- I heard Russia once trained dogs to associate the underside of tanks with food with the intent of strapping bombs to them. Unfortunately they only learned to associate the underside of Russian tanks with food.
     
  13. May 17, 2008 #12

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    Dodecahedron, of course. :biggrin:
     
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    [QUOTEWe haven't always been the good guys.:surprised[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, HUGE surprise there.....
     
  16. May 18, 2008 #15

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    Wanna try, haven't ever been the good guys? Remember that you Yanks were selling arms to Hitler until he declared war on the US the day after the Pearl Harbour attack. Nothing like having a strong social conscience, unless it gets in the way of profit.
     
  17. May 18, 2008 #16

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    And it was the Canadians that marched on Berlin?

    Who was selling arms to Hitler?
     
  18. May 18, 2008 #17
    ...got Saddam into power...trained Osama...voted Bush in a second time (:surprised)...sold the Easter Bunny to Playboy...

    *sigh*

    (ok, maybe not the last one :biggrin: )
     
  19. May 18, 2008 #18
    Although not really comical, i've always been fascinated by the experimental aircraft designs that the Luftwaffe was coming up with during WW2. One of my favorites is the Triebflugeljager project, better known as the Dragonfly.

    http://home.wanadoo.nl/r.j.o/skyraider/gallery/trieb_3.jpg
    http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/AC/aircraft/Focke-Wulf-Triebflugel/info/assy.gif
    http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/AC/aircraft/Focke-Wulf-Triebflugel/info/assy.jpg

    Neat video...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqqQ48KFXJE&feature=related
     
  20. May 18, 2008 #19

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    Quite a few, yes. Let's not forget Normandy, the Battle of Britain, and a few other minor conflicts that didn't interest the US.

    Lockheed, General Motors, General Electric... pretty much the entire US military-industrial complex.

    Since the title of this thread reminds me of a quote from the trailers, I'll mention that I'm now heading off to watch Iron Man. Don't anybody bother me for a couple of hours.
     
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  21. May 18, 2008 #20

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    My point was that we were there as well and probably in larger numbers by a couple of orders of magnitude or more. To say that we have always been the bad guys is ludicrous.

    Do you have references for this? Were they selling weapons or just doing business? This claim seems inflated given that before the war, we weren't at war. Large companies do business all over the world in times of peace.

    Was Canada doing business in Germany before the war?
     
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