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You Sank My Battleship

The Hydrate Bomb
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Hydrates trapped on the ocean floor, and then erupting catastrophically, are widely believed to be a cause for some of the Bermuda Triangle dissapearances.

With our new Hydrate Torpedo, you don't need to hit the ship or submarine. Simply arrive below the target, and release the gas, creating the buoyancy destrution effect, sending your enemies to a watery grave.

theircompetitor, Dec 13 2004

Article re: hydrate hypothesis and Bermuda Triangle http://woodshole.er...drates/bermuda.html
[theircompetitor, Dec 14 2004]

Clathrate Bomb Clathrate_20Bomb
Beat you to it. [bungston, Dec 19 2004]


benfrost, Dec 13 2004

       we might need some information on hydrates and a bit more detail on the manufacture, storage and deployment of said torpedo to prevent the fish from floating to the surface of your idea.
ato_de, Dec 14 2004

benfrost, Dec 14 2004

reensure, Dec 14 2004

benfrost, Dec 14 2004

       [tc], the text on your link is great. Ends with "Lloyds of London determined that large numbers of ships have not sunk in the Bermuda Triangle." Yeah, I can think of a few that haven't...
david_scothern, Dec 14 2004

       The link seems to suggest this is feasible, the key questions are: How much gas is required to generate the foam, and could this fit in a torpedo somehow? Also, if fired at a submerged submarine, would it cause a rapid ascent to the surface?
DocBrown, Dec 14 2004

       [Doc], this being the HalfBakery, I was leaving the actual gas volume calculations to the interested student :)
theircompetitor, Dec 14 2004

       We don't need more destruction.
Pericles, Dec 14 2004

       Pericles, vote as you like, but this is an idea in product:weapon:bomb.
theircompetitor, Dec 14 2004

       Does that mean we need more destruction?
Pericles, Dec 14 2004

       no, but we keep teaching physics in university
theircompetitor, Dec 14 2004

       also, you keep building firearms. That doesn't mean you have the right to use them.
Pericles, Dec 19 2004

       Neat idea, I'm sure the requisite volume of gas could be contained in the hold of a sub (no I don't know how to do the calculations).   

       [pericles] - you can't diss a good idea because it is used unethically. Actually, I bone almost all advertising ideas on exactly these grounds, so maybe you can. Anyway, this gets my bun for creative thinking. Bone away [pericles]!
wagster, Dec 19 2004

       I'd say destruction is useful if the craft you sink happens to be on its way to attack you. It would only be used in self defense...like all military weaponry, of course.
half, Dec 19 2004

       Ha! Blowing bubbles as a weapon of war! Gets my vote!   

       But further to half's comment, it would be difficult to deploy this weapon any way but defensively, taking the place of a minefield, perhaps.
DrCurry, Dec 19 2004


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