Technology is always evolving, which means warfare is always evolving, too. That's why militaries are constantly working to stay at the cutting edge of innovation... but that doesn't always work so well in practice. Sometimes you have to think outside of the box to solve a problem, and sometimes that thinking gets really, really weird.
Even the weirdest military technology is always designed for a purpose, even if the means to achieve that purpose are just plain bizarre. That's not to say everything on this list achieves its purpose. In fact, a good chunk of these inventions didn't work at all. But they were interesting innovations or experiments nonetheless, so you have to give them credit for trying.If you ever wondered what a Pokemon-inspired gun or a James Bond-inspired jet pack looks like, check out the list below.
An Epilepsy Gun Inspired by Pokemon
In 1997, an episode of the Pokemon animated show had a certain pattern of flashing lights that induced epileptic symptoms in hundreds of viewers. The military saw this and said, "I want it," so they developed a gun that would use electromagnetic pulses to induce convulsions. While it never really went anywhere, the research done to design it will probably lead to something pretty bizarre someday.
A Gun That Makes You Vomit
Because we didn't have enough non-violent ways to take people out, the Navy contracted a company to create a weapon that used radio frequencies to give people motion sickness. There's another version that used LED light pulses to achieve a similar effect.
The Ultimate Stink Bomb
Sometimes, you just need a quick way to disperse a crowd, so the Israeli Defense Force created this lovely little liquid called "skunk," which is said to smell like a "cross between a dead animal and human excrement." It may be disgusting, but it's not lethal. In fact, apparently it's so nontoxic, you can actually drink it and be fine... if you don't vomit first.
A Flying Segway
We all want flying cars and personal jet backs, and so did the armed forces back in the day. In the 1950s, the Navy was developing a personal airborne transportation device that looked like a hovering segway. They even had a working prototype, but eventually it was deemed too impractical to explore the innovation further.