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Tsunami Bomb

Back in 1947, there was a lot of speculation in the press about a new secret weapon that was supposed to be as "awesome in its effects as the atomic bomb." Turns out the weapon that was the source of the rumors was the Tsunami Bomb -- a device for creating artificial tsunamis to wipe out enemy forces on land.

The Mexico Ledger (Mexico, Missouri) - June 16, 1947

Wikipedia has a brief article about the Tsunami Bomb, but otherwise there's not a lot of info about it online.

Other mad WWII weapons projects posted about here on WU include the Bat Bomb and the Volcano Bomb.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Aug 17, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: 1940's, Weapons

Operation Ranger and Operation Buster-Jangle

What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 22, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Science, Technology, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Documentaries, 1950's

The Bullet Knife


Don't bring a bullet-knife to a gun fight. Or a knife fight. Or to any fight, really. It's just plain dumb.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 19, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: 1910's, Weapons

Toy Hand Grenade


"I'm deeply sorry, Mrs Jones, but the SWAT team had no way of knowing little Tommy wasn't holding a real grenade before they opened fire."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 25, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Death, Toys, Comics, 1950's, Weapons

How to Use Jiu-Jitsu

Or, from the looks of it, how to use the book itself as a weapon. Prices on Amazon for this 1944 publication range from $24 to $80. So it may be useful info, but it ain't cheap.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 28, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Books, Weapons

Giant Slingshots

Slingshots taken from young vandals, May 1952. If the police hadn't stopped them, the kids probably would have been building full-sized trebuchets next.

"Salem, Mass., May 8 — Police Lt. Walter Broderick tests one of two huge slingshots confiscated after boys had broken 60 windows in two local factories. Police said the giant weapons could hurl a five-pound rock more than 200 yards."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 27, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Violence, 1950's, Weapons

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #28

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 08, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930's, Weapons

Strange Iconography


A Scottish child and a Native-American child pour hair tonic on the head of an elderly Anglo man and massage it in, while a child soldier out of some European comic opera stands by with sword upraised in tribute.

The only sensible part of this weird iconography is the Scottish kid. Once upon a time, right up to, oh, the 1960s, "anything Scottish = cheap and economical" was standard advertising shorthand.

Original ad here, with accompanying text.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 07, 2012 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, Hair Styling, 1900's, Weapons, Hair and Hairstyling

It’s always a good idea to be armed at Christmas

via christmasyuleblog
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Apr 28, 2012 | Comments (11)
Category: Holidays, Advertising, Weapons
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