Life imitates art imitates life until the whole operation has gone directly up its own rectum. (Unless you’ve already put vodka in there. Please, stop butt chugging.)
In this case, the US Military had, in 1997, been trying to find ideas for non-lethal weaponry that can bring armed militants – or rioting civilians – to their knees without killing them.
Then they heard about this newfangled thing that’s catching on: Pokemon.
In December of ’97, an episode of Pokemon gave about 700 viewers symptoms of epilepsy – mostly vomiting.
People across the world thought that was absolutely horrible. The US Army thought that was awesome.
They came up with the concept, through this story, to create a means through which to trigger electrical stimulus via the optic nerve. They claim that the idea would affect “100% of the population,” and the recovery from the overstimulation would be equal to or faster than your average seizure.
Has the US Army created a seizure ray? They say flatly “no,” and by no, they probably mean, “totally, but you bleeding hearts won’t let us use it.”
Here’s a list of non-lethal weapons that they didn’t come up with:
- Boner Killer
- Rabies Simulator
- Potato Gun
- Women (Thanks, Lee)
- Dry Ice Bombs
- Butt Chugging
Meg and Steve are here to talk a little more about that: