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
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
What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.
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.
"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.
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.
Slingshots taken from young vandals, May 1952
. If the police hadn't stopped them, the kids probably would have been building full-sized trebuchets
"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."
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.