Hey, where’s that tear gas coming from?
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.
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?
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