A few years ago, there were some news stories about a ridiculous U.S. military report from 1994 which encouraged developing "Harassing, Annoying and 'Bad Guy'-Identifying" chemical weapons. These could have included everything from making the enemy a natural target for bees, to a chemical causing "severe and lasting halitosis", to, yes, a fart bomb (eventually dismissed because "people in many areas of the world do not find 'fecal odor' to be offensive.").
Berkeley watchdog group The Sunshine Project recently re-ignited the flames over one of the silliest ideas: an aphrodisiac bomb. Basically, this would involve developing a chemical to drop on enemy soldiers so that they would find each other sexually irresistible. The request for seven million dollars to research this was denied, with the final report calling the whole idea "distasteful".
The watchdog group tagged it as a "gay bomb" - which is of course how the military thought it might be most useful, and is also a stupid enough buzz phrase for the local news to jump on, igniting about a bajillion blog posts and "news of the weird" articles. But really, this would have been more of a loooove bomb, or, erm, maybe more like a rape bomb. Either way, sexuality wouldn't have to play into it. One could easily imagine it affecting everyone: male and female soldiers, civilians, grandparents, maybe even pets.
So, old news, sort of. But it did lead me down this path: Say this had been developed. And what if, say, some militant group got their hands on one and were threatening to expose innocent people to overactive hormones. This could either be the plot to a whole new chapter in the Porky's franchise, or the best season of 24 ever.
PS - Why is no one making fun of the fact that the military actually uses the phrase "Bad Guy-Indentifying"?