Carrie Fisher was a highly regarded Script Doctor; someone who does uncredited rewrites on screenplays. She did rewrites on Hook, Lethal Weapon 3 and The Wedding Singer among many others themarysue.com/carrie-fis…
Today I learned about the U.S. Air Force's doomsday weapon, SLAM. The rocket was designed to fly fast and low over the Soviet Union, dropping hydrogen bombs over predetermined targets while its unshielded nuclear reactor contaminated everything in it's path. popularmechanics.com/mili…
In 2007 six US cruise missiles with the nuclear warheads were mistakenly loaded onto a bomber, not reported missing, and remained mounted for 36 hours with no security precautions for nuclear weapons implemented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
When Nelson Mandela left the prison gates in 1990, one newsman shoved a modern microphone in his face. He recoiled slightly, wondering if it were some newfangled weapon that had been developed while he was in prison history.com/news/mandela-…
When taking an oath of office, Kentucky officials have to swear they've never fought a duel with deadly weapons. nymag.com/intelligencer/2…
Southern live oak was a secret weapon of the USS Constitution, one of America's first naval vessels, that was nicknamed "Old Ironsides" after so many cannonballs bounced off her hull because live oak wood is a super dense wood. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
When a Taser is fired, it releases tiny bits of uniquely numbered confetti that correlate to the specific weapon. It can then allow Taser International to track the sale of the specific weapon, which could lead police to the buyer bernews.com/2010/04/polic…
In 1997 a series of Ponzi schemes run by the Albanian government collapsed. 2/3rds of the citizenry were invested. This lead to mass protests. And the formation of gangs, who took control of entire cities. These gangs siezed weapons from military bases, and started a full blown civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
In 1975, Sean Connery co-wrote a script for a Bond film called "Warhead". It features Spectre, from a secret base in the Statue of Liberty, launching an attack on NYC. Robotic hammerhead sharks, armed with nuclear weapons, are sent into the city’s sewers to wreak destruction as they explode oneroomwithaview.com/2015…
Bhangmeter is the device used to measure yield of nuclear weapon.It is named after the hindi word for cannabis as a joke that only a person on drugs would believe the bhangmeter to work properly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
Bagpipes were the only musical instrument deemed a weapon of war by the courts because it inspired troops to battle and instilled terror into the enemy. melaniejackson.com/bagpip…
British nuclear weapons were armed with only a bike lock key until the mid 90's. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/70971…
Today I learned about Pontiac’s Rebellion at Fort Michilimackinac. Native Americans played Lacrosse outside of the fort, and the British came outside to watch the games. Once the natives thought that enough soldiers were outside, they grabbed weapons and rushed the fort, killing every British soldier they saw. ss.sites.mtu.edu/mhugl/20…
The KS-23 is a Soviet shotgun that was built from rejected 23 mm aircraft gun barrels. The weapon is technically a carbine but can be loaded with grenades, buck shot, rubber bullets, or flashbangs. It is the largest-bore shotgun in use today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KS-…
The number of nuclear weapons in the world is actually down from 70,000 in 1986 to around 14,000 today bbc.com/news/newsbeat-510…
Due to the use of Nazi concentration camp slave labor during the construction of V2 rockets, more people died during the building of it than were ever killed by it as a weapon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
America considered weapon system called Thor or Rods of God. This would have been a upgrade from the"Lazy Dog Bombs. These Rods are kinetic projectiles made from tungsten from Earth's orbit with impacts of speed of Mach 10. This concept of Kinetic Bombardment started in the Cold war. businessinsider.com/air-f…
In 1977, a speaker claiming to be a representative of an intergalactic government hijacked British television, warning humanity to give up its weapons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
In the 60s, three new physics PhDs with no weapons experience, working only with unclassified information and limited support, produced a "credible design" for an implosion-type nuclear bomb in just 2.5 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nth…
Some spider species mimic ants and kill them one by one when they least expect it. They have a fake ant head that splits open to reveal deadly weapons. theconversation.com/spide…
In the 7th century BC, lawmaker Charondas forbade anyone from bringing in weapons to the assembly under penalty of death. One day, seeking to defeat some brigands in the hills, he brought a knife to the assembly. In order to uphold his own law, he killed himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned about the boxer crab (Lybia tessellata), which carries poisonous sea anemones around in its claws as deadly weapons to punch its prey with. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyb…
The Soviets manufactured multiple weapons for Space Warfare, such as the Polyus Orbital Weapons system, a modified 23mm Rikhter Cannon attached to the Space Station Almaz, and a laser powered handgun for blinding enemy satellites, should the Cold War ever spread to space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about Dead Hand, a Cold War-era automatic nuclear weapons system used by the Soviet Union. It can trigger the launch of Russian ICBM's if an attack is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity, and pressure sensors, even at the absence of human oversight. It allegedly still remains in use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
UK was first country to research nuclear weapons, codenamrd Tube Alloys, which was merged with Manhattan Project, later on. But later on the US refused to provide all information regarding nuclear bomb to the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tub…
One of the weapons the British suggested using to assassinate Hitler was a Bazooka nationalarchives.gov.uk/e…
Today I learned about Madame Popova who operated a murder-for-hire service in Russia that specialized in liberating married women from their cruel husbands for a fee. She murdered over 300 victims, by using poison, her own hands, a weapon, or hiring an assassin. murderpedia.org/female.P/…
Permissive Action Links are devices included in or attached to nuclear weapon systems to preclude arming and/or launching until the insertion of a prescribed discrete code or combination. wikipedia.org/wiki/Permis…
Henry Bessemer, the engineer largely credited with the invention of modern steel, also invented or contributed to embossed postage stamps, long sheets of plate glass, military weapons, and a method for extracting sugar from sugar cane. He eventually earned nearly 130 patents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Humanity invented nuclear weapons before we invented compound bows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Japan's Rabbit Island (Ōkunoshima) had a poison gas factory that supported much of the chemical warfare carried out in China. Although Japan was a signatory of the 1925 Geneva Protocol, they kept the development of their chemical weapons a secret. Today, many visitors can play with the rabbits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5…
Many early American Cold-War plans were based on using hundreds of non-existing weapons; for example, an autumn 1945 plan envisioned using 196 atomic bombs on Soviet industrial targets, but U. S. Strategic Air Command could not deliver such quantities until 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The bearing of weapons along with the mask was specifically prohibited by law and enforceable by the Venetian police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about Trigona Spinipes, a stingerless bee in Brazil. Their main weapon against predatory animals, including human beings, is to entangle themselves in the victim's hair and buzz loudly. They will also aggressively penetrate human bodily openings such as nasal and auditory orifices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
There have been 32 nuclear weapons accidents since 1950s. They are known as "Broken Arrows". 6 have been lost and never recovered. atomicarchive.com/almanac…
Today I learned of the "Battle of Bowmanville." After an international dispute led to Germans and Canadians shackling each others POWs in WW2, some German prisoners revolted and locked themselves in a mess hall with makeshift weapons. The Canadians successfully raided the building using hockey sticks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
Today I learned about the 1943 Quebec Agreement, where the United States and the United Kingdom agreed in secret not to use nuclear weapons without each others consent. When asked, the U.K. provided its consent to use nuclear weapons on Japan on July 4, 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Despite having some of the top physicists in the world, including Werner Heisenberg, Nazi Germany was unable to build a nuclear weapon partly because they did not want to affiliate with "Jewish Physics" causing many scientists to defect to the US to help with the Manhattan project. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Today I learned about Antoinette Tuff; a woman who worked at Robert E McNair Discovery and Learning Centre in Atlanta. Tuff managed to talk down 20 year old Michael Hill from shooting anyone in the school, and managing to convince him to surrender his weapon. antoinettetuff.com/
Japan was planning to use plague as a biological weapon against San Diego, California, during WWII, but the atom bomb attacks on Hiroahima and Nagasaki ended the war five weeks before its scheduled date (Sept 22, 1945). npr.org/2011/04/25/135638…
A viking grave of a woman warrior was dug up, and contrast to the skeletal evidence, it was assumed to be male due to the weapons in the grave. Even after DNA testing proved she was female, claims were then tried to be made that the bones got mixed up. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The common claim that the majority of soldiers in WW2 never fired their weapons or deliberately aimed above the enemy's heads (because they did not want to kill) is based on now-discredited research. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
"Backpack nukes" weren't spy novel fiction. A veteran trained in the 60s to use one-person-portable nuclear weapons said β€œWe all knew it was a one-way mission, a suicide mission,” since one couldn't get away in time and also such bombs weren't expected to be left unguarded before exploding. greenbaypressgazette.com/…
Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" has a lyric that references Frank Herbert's Dune, "Walk without rhythm/and it won't attract the worm", and that the "tone of my voice" line is a nod to the Fremen's voices being weapons with the Weirding Module. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
Boeing is 2nd biggest weapon contractor in the world, Airbus 12th and Rolls-Royce Holdings 27th. people.defensenews.com/to…
Weapons manufacturer Remington produces an 8-gauge shotgun called the Master Blaster. It's classified as an "industrial tool" rather than a firearm, being used to blast away built-up materials within rotary kilns from a distance. ballisticmag.com/2018/12/…
In 1986, astronomer and scientist Carl Sagan was arrested at the Nevada Test Site for protesting the US's nuclear weapons testing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nev…
During the WW2, the Nazis were developing a huge space mirror with 1,5 kilometer diameter, it would've been used as a weapon that could burn cities and boil parts of oceans using the mirror to reflect the sunlight. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
In Kubrick's science fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, the satellite craft shown in space immediately following "The Dawn of Man" sequence, were originally conceived as orbiting nuclear weapons. You can still see "power" nation flags on their detailing. crypticphilosopher.com/20…
The Byzantine Empire invented flamethrowers. They pushed a burning petroleum-based fuel through metal tubes. It was a totally devastating naval weapon. historyextra.com/period/a…

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