Bizarre Military Inventions That Almost Saw Deployment of The Gay Bomb

The idea of a ā€œgay bombā€ is a terrible marriage of awful science and rampant homophobia that seems…

Bizarre Military Inventions That Almost Saw Deployment of The Gay Bomb
Bizarre Military Inventions That Almost Saw Deployment of The Gay Bomb

The idea of a ā€œgay bombā€ is a terrible marriage of awful science and rampant homophobia that seems like it belongs firmly in the 1950s. But as recently as 1994, the US Air Forceā€™s Wright Laboratory requested a jaw-dropping $7.5 million to develop a chemicalĀ aphrodisiacĀ that could be dispersed by an explosive and would cause ā€œhomosexual behaviorā€ in enemy combatants.[


The whole idea was a failure on a scientific level. First, there is no known or proposed mechanism for aĀ chemicalĀ causing heterosexual people to suddenly change their sexual orientation. Second, thereā€™s also no known or proposed aphrodisiac chemical thatā€™s ever had a measurable effect on the human body, let alone such a drastic one.

It was also a failure on a conceptual level as thereā€™s no evidence that a big gay orgy would actually reduce troop morale. To the contrary, we already have plenty of evidence of excellent career soldiers who happen to be homosexual.

As this is the case, the funding was never delivered and the whole project thankfully never made it past the concept stage.

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