Some things about vomiting

1) “The family further states that, when she vomited in the dark room in which she was lying, the matter ejected smoke, and gave, when stirred, a phosphorescent gleam, like that of a match rubbed in the dark against the palm.” (January 1, 1876; The New York Times; via)

2) Reminded of Cortazar’s short story, and the way he wants to let Andrea know that he is vomiting rabbits in her apartment is this way: “I was sending this letter to you because of the rabbits, it seems only fair to let you know; and because I like to write letters, and maybe too because it’s raining.”

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There is a way for your body to stay intact and your insides to turn to jelly, which is something we learned from World War I that is now a plot device on tv crime dramas. Air as a potential lethal weapon. There’s no visible wounds or outside damage but your organs get destroyed, on account of the air waves.

Hiroshima

Hiroshima

The air as an effect of the explosion, yes. But it’s still the air that kills you, in the end. Ruptures your delicate lungs. And then there’s the Russian’s with their supposed  “acoustic bullets”: low frequency modulators that can induce nausea. It’s acoustic weaponry: high enough decibels could send out compression waves and kill you, while low enough frequencies could make you sick.

So for instance a goodbye. If someone said this at the right decibel level (around 200), it could kill you. But at its current level it’s not lethal, just sort of swimmingly nauseating: a weird kind of nauseating, a phosphorescent kind, a cute-bunny kind of nauseating. A low frequency modulator.

On the other hand: they’re also working on a prototype of a device that uses sound waves to stop internal bleeding. Sort of the yes baby always of Potential Sound Wave Uses.

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