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This is How Pepper Spray Really Works

Monday, May 31st, 2010

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I’m still a big fan of chemical weapons. Yes, everybody in the vicinity gets a little of it, but the intended target gets it far, far worse, and presumably doesn’t know it’s coming. Two important points:

- You want “stream” chemical weapons, not “spray” or “fog”. The stream is just what it sounds like, putting out a super-soaker-style splattering stream of Suck. Spray or fog tends to produce more of the aforementioned collateral damage.
- The surprise of the sensation is key to its effect. Thus, it is essential that you never, ever telegraph your intention to spray someone, or use the threat of spray as a deterrent. Anyone who’s been sprayed before will instinctively close their eyes and hold their breath if they know it’s coming, diminishing the Suck and enabling them to continue doing whatever it is that you were spraying them for.

Someone figured out steampunk

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Courtesy Merlin Mann.