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    for use against enemy armies, enemy armies have learned to counter them.

    In the semi-autobiography Good-Bye to All That Robert Graves tells of a gas attack he saw while he served in the trenches of WWI. (That's the same Robert Graves who wrote I, Claudius.) When the Brits tried to gas the Germans the Germans lit a series of smudge pots along their lines to try to lift the cloud away before it got to their lungs. Yet before the cloud got that far the winds shifted and his side ended up gassing themselves. That's one drawback that never occurred to the lab boys who made it.

    Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

    by Ice Blue on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 08:07:48 AM PDT

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