The CIA has a reputation for hatching crazy espionage plans and kooky James Bond-esque spy gadgets. While I'm sure that the myth is exaggerated, they have had some doozies to their name, including the Acoustic Kitty of the 1960s. As the name implies, cats were used as listening devices. Battery-powered microphones and an antenna were surgically implanted into a feline's tail, then the cat was placed in a location to eavesdrop on the target(s). However, they found the cats notoriously difficult to control, especially regarding direction, distraction, and food. The only recorded operation was in a park near the Soviet Embassy in Washington D.C., but ended in failure when Agent Whiskers was hit by a taxi. I think they were just using the wrong cats and training methods; I adopted a pair in 2006, and the male generally comes when called, and will sometimes tolerate a harness and leash when I bribe him with food. Failing that, they could have tried with dogs, but they elected to abandon the $20 million project instead.
|My cats attempted to hack into a DoD network from my laptop. Unfortunately, all they found was a Rickroll video.|
|Would you be able to endure this bugger gnawing on your junk?|
Another strange ritual is dog spinning (in Bulgarian: тричане на куче(та)). As the name implies, a dog is suspended above water with a rope and spun. The rope is coiled taut, and the natural tension of the rope's coil unwinding will spin the dog. This pagan ritual, practiced by Brodilovo village in southeaster Bulgaria, was supposed to prevent or cure rabies in a canine. However, concerns about animal welfare led the mayor of Tsarevo to ban the practice in 2006. I know that practicing medicine in ages past were more about doing random stuff to make your patient think you're helping than actual treatment, but this makes less sense than snake oil and acupuncture... just what was the spinning supposed to do? Ward off evil spirits? At least giving the dog herbs or a tonic might have been a plausible cure.