Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 6

Strange Weapons

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 10, 2008 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • Scientists have been trying to invent a death ray composed of x-rays or gamma rays for years. But nature beat them to it. In 2007 NASA discovered a black hole generating such a mean that's destroying everything in its pat. It's been dubbed "the Death Star."

    • Prolonged exposure to loud music has been used by the U.S. military to "soften up" prisoners. Artists on the mind-bending playlist include Eminem, Metallica and Barney the dinosaur.

    • During World War II, the Germans devised a precursor to the Cornershot by attaching a curved barrel to their Sturmgewehr rifle. It proved impractical – as it increased barrel wear and decreased accuracy and muzzle velocity.

    • Pentagon documents from 1994 indicate the U.S. military had investigated building a gay bomb." It would have contained strong aphrodisiacs to encourage the enemy to make love, not war.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: Rays that make the enemy flee when they feel the heat and devastating lasers straight out of science fiction. A machine gun for bb's, super slippery slime and a flashing light that can make you lose your lunch. From ancient devices designed to rip, tear and ensnare to robo-warriors of the future it's the untold story of Strange Weapons, on Modern Marvels.

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