A while back I read a document which was released by the US military under the Freedom of Information act. Regardless what you may think of the Department of Defense, this confidential document contains some interesting ideas . During a brainstorming session back in 1994, the Air Force requested $7.5 million to fund non-lethal chemical weapons research. Some of the most creative ideas were:
- Using chemicals that could be sprayed on enemy positions to attract stinging and biting bugs, rodents and larger animals.
- Another idea involved creating severe and lasting halitosis to help sniff out fighters trying to blend in with civilians.
- The most creative idea, and one immediately rejected, was the creation of a strong aphrodisiac – especially one that would cause homosexual behavior. The idea was to affect human behavior in a way that would adversely impact discipline and morale within the enemy units.
Creative ideas that aren’t implemented do not add value. My hunch is, these added little value in the long run. Do you have any other examples of wildly creative ideas?