The device was proposed in 1994 by researchers from the U.S. Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. The plans for its development are contained in a 1994 document entitled Harassing, Annoying, and “Bad Guy” Identifying Chemicals, which was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act about 3 years ago:
Chemicals that can affect human behavior so that discipline and moral in enemy units is adversely affected. One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior.
Other Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded to the authors of a British Medical Journal study which concluded that sword-swallowing causes throat abrasions, perforated oesophai and punctured blood vessels; a team of Spanish scientists who found that rats can’t distinguish between Japanese and Dutch when the two languages are spoken backwards; and an Australian woman who studied the indexing problems caused by the word “the”. Members of the Wright Laboratory were not among the 7 out of 10 winners who attended yesterday’s ceremony to collect their prizes.