News, but not the serious kind
Well, there’s your problem right there, Mister!
We have a video report about the Thai government deciding not to buy any more of these expensive bomb detectors because they say the the things only work 20 per cent of the time.
“Great news, men! We’re passing out your new bomb detectors, and I’m happy to announce that 20 of you 100 guys will get to go home to your families tonight!”
See, when you put it like that, you can understand why the Thai folks might be cheesed-off.
Our video shows the soldiers walking around using a gizmo that looks like it’s straight out of “Ghostbusters,” so I got curious about the GT200. I went to the company’s Website to learn more, and here is their explanation:
The simple way to explain this technology is to take an inflated balloon and rub it on your hair. A static charge is being created making that balloon “attract” it to say, a wall. Provided that there is enough charge on that balloon, it will remain “attracted” to the wall for an indefinite amount of time. However, once the “charge” has dissipated, the balloon will then “unattached” between itself and fall to the ground.
I swear I did not make that up. I think it means the GT200 will only find a bomb if it’s been rubbed on some guy’s hair.
But here’s my very favorite tidbit from the company’s Q & A:
10. What happen if you are very close to the target substance?
It is very possible to totally miss the target substance if you are too close. Remember that the GT200 is a long-range detector…
I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly breathing a sigh of relief, knowing my detector isn’t going to tell me about a bomb if it’s too close to me… Why spoil the surprise?
Photos 1 and 2, REUTERS TELEVISION
Photo 3, “Ghostbusters” publicity photo