“A person is smart. People are dumb,
panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”
– Tommy Lee Jones (“K”) speaking to Will Smith (“J”)
in Men In Black.
The general gist of the following article is (Stench + Fear = Mass Panic)–
Contagious Fear: Mass Sociogenic Smell Weapon
Fear really can be contagious. And while the human fear/alarm pheromone may have something to do with it, we may also be hard-wired to react to certain smells – which may have implications for a new style of nonlethal weapon….
This is nothing new. Judging by the way a skunk cleans out an entire ocean liner in the following classic cartoon, the Looney Tunes creators were onto this phenomenon decades ago. Heh.