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In 2001 a team led by Pam Dalton of Monell Chemical Senses Center developed a substance called U.S. Government Standard Bathroom Malodor. It is a synthesized compound of eight chemicals. The exact eight chemicals aren't available online, and that's probably a good thing. Because this shouldn't be in the wrong hands.
...Volunteers testing the stuff began to scream and curse after just a few seconds exposure. One of the company's researches is quoted as saying, "It fills your head and gets to you in ways that are unimaginable. It's not something you are likely to come across in the real world."
...the Nonlethal Weapons Department of the Department of Defense is funding Dalton's work in large part, as part of so-called "stench warfare" efforts of crowd control, forced evacuation, and suspect-marking (so that they couldn't disappear into a crowd.)
Originally posted by Ian McLean
reply to post by wayno
Also, if I remember correctly, there were government-sponsored experiments, using stench, to test what wind-borne distribution patterns would be, in the event of biological war.