If we informed you an American chemist created a line of military-grade stink bombs scented like vomit, rancid butter, foot odor, and urine, you may assume we someway mistook a goofy youngsters’ ebook for a historic supply. Nevertheless it’s true: Ernest Crocker’s stink bombs weren’t really meant to hurt World Warfare II troopers, however to embarrass them sufficient that they’d underperform on the battlefield. Progressive although the concept was, the conflict ended earlier than any stink bombs had been deployed.
On this episode of The Record Present, Psychological Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is overlaying a few of the most weird weapons and devices from navy historical past, from the aforementioned stink bombs to the unforgettable “canine doo transmitter” of the Seventies. Don’t fear—they’re not all fairly so disgusting. There are additionally large claws, pistols that appear to be lipstick, snake-filled pots, and extra.
Learn how these applied sciences got here to be (and the way efficient they had been) within the video beneath.
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