Greeting, my fellow port swillers!
Ol’ Robbo finds himself watching a program on the Military History channel this evening about “odd” and “bizarre” weapons ideas over the years.
The overall tone of the show is pretty snarky, as in some cases is fairly justified. But one of the topics covered was the Japanese balloon bombs of WWII that were launched against the American west coast. The show laughs them off as being random and ineffective, but ignores an incident that I recall from somewhere in the Pacific Northwest where a parson and his family stumbled across one while on a picnic. If I remember correctly without looking it up, the thing went off and killed most of them.
Ha, jolly, ha.
On the other hand, the show feels compelled to issue content warnings before sections dealing with weapons systems involving pigeons and bats.
What a stupid, stupid time in which we live.
Yeah, think I’ll go read a book.
BTW, I’m reminded again of a story that Churchill became interested in a project to train seagulls to poop on German U-boat periscope lenses. Dunno if that was true, but if not, it should have been.
Update: Looked it up but can’t link here because I’m on my phone: the incident occurred May 5, 1945, in Oregon. Church outing. Five kids and the pastor’s pregnant wife were killed. Not a good story line for a flippant show about “weird” killing machines. Feh.