U.S. considered 'sex bomb' to hobble enemy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. military looked into building a so-called "gay bomb," which would make enemy soldiers "sexually irresistible" to each other, the BBC reported Sunday.
The weapon was not developed, nor was one to give away positions of soldiers by their bad breath. They were among various non-lethal chemicals the Defense Department considered to disrupt enemy discipline and morale.
The 1994 plans for a six-year, $7.5 million project would have centered on researching what the U.S. Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, called "harassing, annoying and 'bad guy'-identifying chemicals."
The "gay bomb" plan envisaged an aphrodisiac chemical that would lead to homosexual behavior among troops, causing what the military called a "distasteful but completely non-lethal" setback to morale.
Scientists also reportedly considered a chemical weapon to attract swarms of enraged wasps or angry rats towards enemy troops, and a substance to make the skin unbearably sensitive to sunlight.
Hasbro creates bad-guy potato head
PAWTUCKET, R.I., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. toymaker Hasbro is giving kids a chance to apply a villainous makeover to one of its mainstays, Mr. Potato Head.
Hasbro's Playskool division next month is launching "Darth Tater," a collection of parts to give Mr. Potato-Head the look of the infamous "Star Wars" bad guy, the company said in a news release.
The figure, which comes with lightsaber, cape, helmet, shoes, eyes, nose and teeth, will cost $7.99 at retail stories.
Yemeni vendors protest burka-clad nudie
BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Yemeni vendors in Brooklyn won't sell a Polish magazine with a bare-breasted woman in a burka on the cover, the New York Daily News reports.
Calling the latest issue of Polish-language news weekly Forum an insult to Islam, Yemeni vendors blacked out the breasts and threatened to stop selling the magazine.
"They show something bad about Islam, an Islamic woman naked. We feel angry about it," Abdul al-Fatah, 30, told the Daily News.
But Poles questioned why the vendors don't mind selling porn magazines like Hustler and Penthouse.
Forum ran the picture to accompany an article about sex and Islam.
Man shoots self with nail, doesn't notice
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A Breckenridge, Colo., construction worker has discovered he shot himself in the face with a nail gun and did not notice it for six days.
Patrick Lawler went to his dentist's office to have a minor toothache looked at, 9News Denver reported Sunday. However, when x-rays were taken, the dentist discovered a nail lodged just inside the front part of his brain, just millimeters from his right eye.
The nail apparently entered through Lawler's upper lip when a nail gun misfired and hit him in the face. Lawler had thought it was only the gun that hit him.
The dentist had Lawler taken immediately to Littleton Adventist Hospital, where the chief neurosurgeon has worked on several similar cases. A team of surgeons performed a six-hour operation and successfully retrieved the 3 1/4 inch nail.
"This is the second one we've seen in this hospital where the person was injured by the nail gun and didn't actually realize the nail had been imbedded in their skull," said Dr. Sean Markey. "But it's a pretty rare injury."