In the years that followed the unfortunate episode that become know as the Second World War, senior people pondered whether or not dropping nuclear weapons on fellow humans represented the best battle plan they had to offer.
Surely there was another way?
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 non-lethal chemical weapons.
Full karmic points for putting the non-lethal into combat, but the actual details were more than a little odd, so it’s no surprise to learn it took a Freedom of Information Act request to drag the whole thing out of the closet, so to speak.
It was revealed war boffins had suggested a strong aphrodisiac could be dropped on enemy troops, ideally one which would also cause “homosexual behavior”. The documents described the aphrodisiac weapon as “distasteful but completely non-lethal”.
Not to put too fine a point on it, the plan was to turn the opposing army into an unruly sex-crazed mob less interested in doing battle and more interested in doing each other.
Since that first three-page document was issued there have been no public signs of the gay bomb getting any kind of take-up in the international war machine industry and we’re pretty sure this deafening silence is exactly that and not an indication it has moved to an even more super-secret development stage.
And it wasn’t a total loss for would-be gay bombers as the plans did at least get some wider recognition – 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”.