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Infrasound

“This weapon is fully described in The Job, published by Grove Press of New York. So much for the commercial. Infrasound is sound at a frequency below the level of human hearing which sets up vibrations in any solid obstruction including the human body. Professor Gavreau, who discovered this novel weapon, says that his installation, which resembles a vast police whistle eighteen feet long, can kill up to five miles in any direction…knock down walls and break windows, and set off burglar alarms for miles around. His device is patented and anybody can obtain a copy of the plans on payment of two hundred francs at the patent office. So why be a small-time sniper?”

A transcript from The Revised Boy Scout Manual, a novel in the form of three one-hour cassettes. William S. Burroughs (1970), RE/SEARCH #4/5 (1982).

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