Friday, November 9, 2007

Bits: The Gay Bomb

"'Gay Bomb' scoops Ig Noble award," from the BBC

The concept behind the Ig Nobel awards is that they are given to breakthroughs in research and the such that are, as the article quotes, "first make people laugh, and then make them think."

One particular award stood out, to me as well as to the BCC, hence the headline:

For Peace: The U.S. Air Force Wright Laboratory for instigating research and development on a chemical weapon that would provoke widespread homosexual behavior among enemy troops.

Earlier in the article, the BBC noted,

Unfortunately, said the organizers, nobody from the U.S. military who carried out the research on chemicals that could prompt homosexual dalliances amongst rival troops (a research project called Harassing, Annoying and "Bad Guy" Identifying Chemicals) attended the ceremony because the study's authors could not be tracked down.

This is what Rob had to say to that: "They were in a bar in Provincetown, recovering from their 'wounds.'"

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