Hey, where’s that tear gas coming from?

October 7, 2010

Blog Guy, it must be tough covering news in hostile situations. How do you keep track of all the different weapons they use?

You rely on your instincts. For instance, the caption for this top photo says a soldier is firing tear gas at youths who are throwing stones, but I’m not so sure.


What do you think it is, then?

Well, it’s been a while since my days of being tear-gassed and pepper-gassed, but I don’t remember that enormous flash of light we’re seeing in this photo. So I might be tempted to say it’s a Klingon Death Blaster, or one of those new Shoulder-Operated Volcano Lava Spewers.

MEXICO/Yikes! Any other possibilities?

I guess it could be the prototype of that “Oh the Humanity! Whoopee Cushion,” but supposedly only Honduras has that at this point.

So, if you were writing the photo caption what would you have called it?

Good question. At the end of a harrowing day, if I wanted to turn in my expenses and get home in time to watch “Dexter,” I guess I’d probably say it was tear gas.

This is very informative, Blog Guy. So you really have been gassed?

Several times. I don’t recommend it, especially pepper gas, unless you enjoy pulling your own lungs out through your mouth.

Did it do permanent damage? Were you at all different after it happened?

After what happened?

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Top: An Israeli soldier fires tear gas towards Palestinian youths throwing stones in the West Bank village of Beit Fajjar near Bethlehem October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Right: A fire-eater from the family-owned circus King Cat performs in Managua, October 26, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

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Pepper gassed? Now why and who would do that?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I pepper sprayed myself once. Cause I was stupid, thanks for asking. I believe there is a picture of the end results on my FB page.

Yeah if a comic book was written about a tear gas canister being launched wouldn’t the sound effect be something like “ploop”?

And Spider-mans web goes “thwip”!

And Batmans fists go “ker-plowy”!

And medidonuts go “om non non nom”!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I gotta agree – that’s a mighty big flash for a tear gas canister/grenade.

I love the asymmetric response the IDF always uses – throw rocks? We shoot you with tear gas. Actually shoot at us with a gun? We shoot back with a tank… and so it goes.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

I want a pepper spray!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Uh-oh, he’s smiling again. What are we in for now???

Posted by BethyB | Report as abusive

Tear Gas? Pepper Spray? Rocks?
Sounds like a normal day at the office to me.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

@Nosmo, that’s a scrumptous lunch menu they offer in hell!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I’d love to throw flames…especially when having a bad day at office 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

‘that “Oh the Humanity! Whoopee Cushion,”’

Blog Guy, you’re my hero. :)

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive