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Weapons of Mass Distraction

Which progresses to madness
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The idea behind this is simple. During warfare, troops are placed in unfamiliar environments. They are new to the place in which they are fighting. They have to get used to the sights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. Spooky sounds can be very unnerving, especially at night.

My plan is to airdrop portable speakers near the enemy at night. These speakers are cheap and easy to manufacture, much less expensive than a 1,000 pound bomb. These speakers then emit noises that have been specially design to unnerve and demoralize the enemy. These noises include screams, gurgles, creaks, and various spooky noises, even inaudibal waves that affect you even though you can't hear them (science shows that certain inaudibal frequencies produce certain feelings, such as that something is watching you).

At first, the noises would be irritating and distracting, but eerie. Then the noises would increase the distraction, making the enemy paraniod. The longer the sounds continue, the more disfunctional the enemy becomes. They might even start shooting at any noises they hear. They might even shoot each other. It would be like water dripping on your head that you can't wipe it off, impossible to ignore.

Our own troops would have psychological block, and of course, we wouldn't drop the speakers near them, would we?

DesertFox, Aug 26 2004

inaudible frequencies - the "hypersonic effect" http://jn.physiolog...tent/full/83/6/3548
[yabba do yabba dabba, Oct 05 2004]

Another method. http://www.halfbake.../Warfare_20TacTicks
Courtesy of idyll [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 05 2004]


       [+] A good idea. I imagine thousands of these remote controlled speakers strewn across the landscape. They could be silent at first, then a few would start screaming in pain, then a few more would scream, “run for your lives,” “save yourselves,” etc., building up to a total rout.
ldischler, Aug 26 2004

       Psychological warfare, yes, but airdropping speakers near the enemy? No, it hasn't been done.
DesertFox, Aug 26 2004

       I think its a stupid idea. What would prevent them from disconnecting the speakers?
energy guy, Aug 26 2004

       Finding the hundreds of them
swimr, Aug 26 2004

       What - they can't find something thats making all that noise? Rubbish!
energy guy, Aug 26 2004

       ...detonation upon disconnection?
yabba do yabba dabba, Aug 26 2004

       Very interesting links, guys. The inaudible frequencies might explain why I sometimes feel a tingling in my spine and unseen eyes staring, waiting...*gasp*   

       How about adding holographic projections of undistinguishable shapes moving about, changing form, along with the creepy sounds. That should scare the bejesus out of anyone.
Machiavelli, Aug 26 2004

       I always thought the perfect distraction would be to waft odors of the soldiers' favourite food.   

       this is baked though, as the Israelis are holding barbecues outside Palastinian prisons in order to break a hunger strike.
adamosity, Aug 26 2004

       Contracts, not baked. And I quote:   

       //The US has dropped single frequency radios for intimidation psyops in the past.//   

       These are *NOT* single frequency.
DesertFox, Aug 26 2004

       Almost baked.Monty Python , World's Funniest Joke(read out loud in German so the English troops would'nt understand,and would'nt die laughing).
python, Aug 28 2004

       You know what's a good scary sound? The sound of a couple thousand guys shooting at you.   

       Just sayin'.
Aude Sapere, Aug 28 2004

       Swiggidy, swiggidy, Swagg. I like this Idea. But what about other sounds, such as low frequency sounds like dog wistles or backwords talking. If you say the backwords talking in ze right voice it can be extremly unnerving. Mas conceit teip no ungata zatocramonita
Tangora, Oct 14 2005

       I like the idea of mad sounds - just hire Donald Rumsfeld to recite some of his "Verses of a Village Idiot" speaches.
xenzag, Oct 14 2005

       I thought this would be a big, styrofoam bomb and several spies drawing everyone's attention to it. While it is priority #1, we just walf in and attack. This idea works too. +
Shadow Phoenix, Nov 11 2007


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