One of the most popular anti-war campaign slogans is “make love not war”. In 1994 a group of scientists from the US Air Force’s Wright Laboratory in Ohio interpreted the slogan in their own way and proposed the development of a one-of-a-kind non-lethal bomb.
The documents that were leaked by the US military in 2000 suggested that the US Air Force did indeed consider building a bomb that would make enemy soldiers irresistibly attracted to each other. Thus the idea of the “pheromone” or “aphrodisiac” bomb was born. The initiators of the project requested the funding of $7.5 million.Their idea for a weapon based purely on human pheromones, that act as a natural aphrodisiac, was described by the military strategists as “completely non-lethal, but rather distasteful”.
Eventually, the idea was dismissed by the Pentagon but in 2007 the Wright Laboratory won the Ig Nobel Prize (an American parody of the Nobel Prizes) for their research and development in the field of chemical weapons that can make enemy soldiers irresistible to each other.