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(io9)   Just in time for Caturday, we learn that Allied forces tested cat-guided bombs during WWII   (io9.com) divider line 77
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2013-12-13 10:07:46 AM
And you could use them 9 times.  Great idea.
 
2013-12-13 10:14:47 AM
i41.tinypic.com


/doesn't really apply to this story but I laughed anyway when I saw it
 
2013-12-13 10:28:31 AM
How'd they keep them awake long enough?
 
2013-12-13 10:42:38 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: How'd they keep them awake long enough?


It's in TFA: "The cats in question, they found, passed out half way through the drop".

How they could know that is questionable. I'm leaning towards calling shenanigans on this story.
 
2013-12-13 10:46:40 AM

MrBallou: It's in TFA: "The cats in question, they found, passed out half way through the drop".

How they could know that is questionable. I'm leaning towards calling shenanigans on this story.


Because they all landed on defeat?
 
2013-12-13 10:57:42 AM
Bullshiat
 
2013-12-13 11:09:21 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: MrBallou: It's in TFA: "The cats in question, they found, passed out half way through the drop".

How they could know that is questionable. I'm leaning towards calling shenanigans on this story.

Because they all landed on defeat?


Is this how they got them in?
granucci.com
/hot like it has cat-scratch fever
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2013-12-13 12:04:18 PM
I saw a show just yesterday about how close we were to dropping "bat bombs" on Japan. They were successful in the initial tests, but we decided it would be better to send a fatman and little boy instead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb

/ Bats with napalm FTW
 
2013-12-13 12:07:46 PM

Pud: I saw a show just yesterday about how close we were to dropping "bat bombs" on Japan. They were successful in the initial tests, but we decided it would be better to send a fatman and little boy instead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb

/ Bats with napalm FTW


NAPALM STICKS TO BATS!
 
2013-12-13 12:53:32 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: How'd they keep them awake long enough?


They mostly used them as sleeper agents.
 
2013-12-13 12:54:50 PM
Dog-guided bombs worked pretty well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog
 
2013-12-13 12:56:49 PM

MrBallou: MaudlinMutantMollusk: How'd they keep them awake long enough?

It's in TFA: "The cats in question, they found, passed out half way through the drop".

How they could know that is questionable. I'm leaning towards calling shenanigans on this story.


If the cats passed out during the drop, they were dropping them from too high. They should be flying lower, no higher than a very tall tree if possible.

Cats often survive falls from twenty story buildings, but I've never heard of one surviving a fall from 50 stories. They need enough time to turn over, and they should never hit terminal velocity without a parachute (120 mph for a human--I expect cats could survive a higher speed but as these cats did, they might pass out if you dropped them from too high).
 
2013-12-13 12:56:56 PM
I see the intelligence level of the government has remained flat.
 
2013-12-13 12:57:25 PM
I'm not sure how this was supposed to really work.  Did they really think that dropping cats out of airplanes would result in the cat gliding straight to the ships somehow, instead of straight down?
 
2013-12-13 12:57:43 PM

This text is now purple: Dog-guided bombs worked pretty well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog


Anti-Tank dogs you say?

i39.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-13 12:59:24 PM
In ancient times, the Spartans had some success with foxes. They tied torches to their tails and set them loose in the enemy's hay and grain fields.

But shame on the animal cruelty. All may be fair in love and war, but the cats aren't at war and should be considered innocent civilians unless they are working for the enemy.
 
2013-12-13 01:00:30 PM
But it is not Caturday, it is Friday the 13th.

i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-12-13 01:01:33 PM

randomjsa: This text is now purple: Dog-guided bombs worked pretty well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog

Anti-Tank dogs you say?

[i39.tinypic.com image 640x448]


Much wow!
 
2013-12-13 01:02:29 PM
It makes total sense....

static2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-12-13 01:02:47 PM

This text is now purple: Dog-guided bombs worked pretty well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog


First thing I thought of.

"OK, Coco, you hungry?!?! Yeah?!?! You know where the food is?!?!? GO GET IT!!!!"
 
2013-12-13 01:03:14 PM
Brings new meaning to the term catsplosion.
 
2013-12-13 01:06:54 PM
They parachuted the kitties to safety right before booom, right? Right?
 
2013-12-13 01:06:56 PM
No need to blow up cats, make them useful and send to North Korea.
 
2013-12-13 01:11:41 PM
anything that involves the destruction of those vile creatures is ok in my book.

/going to kill a few kittens myself...
 
2013-12-13 01:12:25 PM
Didn't we use dogs to run explosives under tanks? Or did I just read that in a novel somewhere?
 
2013-12-13 01:13:34 PM
Don't forget about those Pigeon Missiles!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pigeon">http://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Project_Pigeon
 
2013-12-13 01:13:56 PM
 
2013-12-13 01:14:24 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Pud: I saw a show just yesterday about how close we were to dropping "bat bombs" on Japan. They were successful in the initial tests, but we decided it would be better to send a fatman and little boy instead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb

/ Bats with napalm FTW

NAPALM STICKS TO BATS!


OPUS PICKLED IN VATS!
 
2013-12-13 01:15:58 PM
Pigeons too.
And the Nazis were working on talking dogs.
 
2013-12-13 01:16:29 PM

Piizzadude: anything that involves the destruction of those vile creatures is ok in my book.

/going to kill a few kittens myself...


Agrees:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0tiT7KlACM
 
2013-12-13 01:16:58 PM
Not enough of them, IMO

/dnrtfa
 
2013-12-13 01:17:12 PM

Darkviking: Don't forget about those Pigeon Missiles!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pigeon">http://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Project_Pigeon


I have raised you, sir.

/hat tip
 
2013-12-13 01:20:52 PM
I like animals, but I found myself chuckling at this 'idea'. Someone actualy thought cats had a glide ratio of greater than 0/1 and could not only move their mass, but a bomb as well. This person managed to convince others that this was plausible enough to get into the testing phase.

Or maybe it was a room full of people who just thought it would be funny to strap cats to bombs.


Shiat, you don't even need the bomb. Take a handful of cats and chuck them out of an airplane. Woe to the poor motherfarker those frenzied beasts land on.
 
2013-12-13 01:22:36 PM

randomjsa: This text is now purple: Dog-guided bombs worked pretty well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog

Anti-Tank dogs you say?

[i39.tinypic.com image 640x448]


Metal Saga FTW!
 
2013-12-13 01:22:37 PM
I saw a show about this somewhere. If I remember correctly, they trained several different animals to keep the bombs aimed at a target by rewarding them with food. Basically, they had a sight and by pecking or pawing at the target on the image, the bomb would align with the target. I'm pretty sure the best animals were pigeons.

I should google before I start typing, but here is the pigeon idea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pigeon. No mention of cats, but I think it was a similar principle.
 
2013-12-13 01:24:48 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-13 01:28:16 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk
Updated for the modern times
 
2013-12-13 01:29:03 PM

brantgoose: All may be fair in love and war, but the cats aren't at war and should be considered innocent civilians unless they are working for the enemy.


Cats are many things. Cute, Soft, Adorable...but innocent they are not. While warm and fuzzy on the outside, inside their souls are black as the deepest night.

Like the saying goes, "The road to hell is paved with cats"

We know that all dogs go to heaven, and all cats go to hell, but most people don't know the cats go willingly and it's their  job to drag your tainted soul along with them.

Those black shadows that took the bad guy away in Ghost? Those were farking cats. You can tell by the hell-sound they make....the same sound a cat makes when you bathe it. And if you look real close you can see tails.
 
2013-12-13 01:29:17 PM
Cat bombs?
media.tumblr.com
 
2013-12-13 01:41:41 PM

OneFretAway: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Pud: I saw a show just yesterday about how close we were to dropping "bat bombs" on Japan. They were successful in the initial tests, but we decided it would be better to send a fatman and little boy instead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb

/ Bats with napalm FTW

NAPALM STICKS TO BATS!

OPUS PICKLED IN VATS!


OPUS CAUGHT RICKETS FROM CATS?

+1
 
2013-12-13 01:43:41 PM

WelldeadLink:


Half of what I was looking for. Missing the quick and dirty Photoshopped cat head.
 
2013-12-13 01:45:31 PM
This explains much.

The smart folks in the OSS left after the war to go make money. Those who stayed-- including the cat-bomb guys-- formed the core of its replacement, the CIA.

/their grandkids run the TSA.
 
2013-12-13 01:55:32 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Pud: I saw a show just yesterday about how close we were to dropping "bat bombs" on Japan. They were successful in the initial tests, but we decided it would be better to send a fatman and little boy instead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat_bomb

/ Bats with napalm FTW

NAPALM STICKS TO BATS!


LOBSTER STICKS TO MAGNET
 
2013-12-13 01:57:37 PM
I gather the person who came up with this idea didn't actually fight in WW II. So, I guess there were a lot smarter people fighting and dying. There just had to be.
 
2013-12-13 02:15:31 PM
fark the article, this needs to be a photoshop thread.

Cat bombs, or maybe just Cats of War.

www.history.com
 
2013-12-13 02:25:42 PM
They tried something similar in the 80s.

i22.photobucket.com

/never get tired of this old gem
 
2013-12-13 02:29:45 PM

peterthx: They tried something similar in the 80s.

[i22.photobucket.com image 799x379]

/never get tired of this old gem


Forgot about that one.  Well played.
 
2013-12-13 02:34:22 PM

ChipNASA: It makes total sense....

[static2.wikia.nocookie.net image 269x466]


Anti-gravity cat?
 
2013-12-13 02:35:39 PM
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

Ready for action
 
2013-12-13 02:40:00 PM

This text is now purple: Dog-guided bombs worked pretty well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog


"Gunfire from the tanks scared away many of the dogs. They would run back to the trenches and often detonated the charge upon jumping in, killing Soviet soldiers."

"the Soviets used their own diesel-engine tanks to train the dogs rather than German tanks which had gasoline engines.[5] As the dogs relied on their acute sense of smell, the dogs sought out familiar Soviet tanks instead of strange-smelling German tanks.[7]"

etc.

Looks like they worked out great. I lol'd when I read the first quote. Farking serves them right.
 
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