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Postby StlSluggers » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:49 pm

Wikipedia wrote:Acoustic Kitty was a CIA project launched in the 1960s attempting to use cats in spy missions. A battery and a microphone were implanted into a cat and an antenna into its tail. Due to problems with distraction, the cat's sense of hunger had to be removed in another operation. Surgical and training expenses are thought to have amounted to over 10 million British pounds.

The first cat mission was eavesdropping on two men in a park outside the Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C. The cat was released nearby, but was hit and killed by a taxi almost immediately. Shortly thereafter the project was considered a failure and declared to be a total loss.

I hate stories of animal cruelty, but that highlighted sentence still drew a chuckle from me.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:50 pm

hahahh thats awesome... ;-D
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Postby Simulacrum » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:52 pm

When I lived in Iowa as a young lad, my next door neighbor used to skin his cats and mount their bones after they died. I remember he had a number of them... displayed in the same room he kept all of his snakes. :-o
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:53 pm

Simulacrum wrote:When I lived in Iowa as a young lad, my next door neighbor used to skin his cats and mount their bones after they died. I remember he had a number of them... displayed in the same room he kept all of his snakes. :-o


And all that has made up Sim has been explained in one simple 2 sentence paragraph
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Postby chadlincoln » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:03 pm

:-D :-D

That is hilarious.

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Postby Mookie4ever » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:13 pm

If it was a CIA project why was the cost calculated in British pounds?

Those must have been some expensive trainers. How do you surgically remove a cat's sense of hunger? Even if you did wouldn't your 10 million pound cat then starve to death?
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Postby StlSluggers » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:17 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:If it was a CIA project why was the cost calculated in British pounds?

Those must have been some expensive trainers. How do you surgically remove a cat's sense of hunger? Even if you did wouldn't your 10 million pound cat then starve to death?

Thanks for breaking down the humor of the situation, Debbie Downer.

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Postby acsguitar » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:30 pm

StlSluggers wrote:
Mookie4ever wrote:If it was a CIA project why was the cost calculated in British pounds?

Those must have been some expensive trainers. How do you surgically remove a cat's sense of hunger? Even if you did wouldn't your 10 million pound cat then starve to death?

Thanks for breaking down the humor of the situation, Debbie Downer.

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Postby Coppermine » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:41 pm

StlSluggers wrote:
Mookie4ever wrote:If it was a CIA project why was the cost calculated in British pounds?

Those must have been some expensive trainers. How do you surgically remove a cat's sense of hunger? Even if you did wouldn't your 10 million pound cat then starve to death?

Thanks for breaking down the humor of the situation, Debbie Downer.

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Haha, this made me think of the Debbie Downer skits when she'd saying something depressing and then it would make that "Waaaaa-Waaaaaaaaaaaah" sound.
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Postby Tavish » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:49 pm

Yet another reason to not trust Wikipedia. :-t
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