This is one of those devices that one comes across casually and forgets only to stumble over it again decades later. In the 1950s & '60s, Professor Vladimir Gavreau of France's Electro-
With typical Gallic logic, Gavreau constructed an apparatus consisting of a high-
Luckily, we were able to turn it off quickly. All of us were sick for hours. Everything in us was vibrating: stomach, heart, lungs. All the people in the other laboratories were sick too. They were very angry with us.
When accounts of this machine leaked into the popular press, it was through a handful of sensational articles that described how the French were building a sonic death ray cannon that consisted of a framework of compressed-
It was quite a neat story and when I first saw the alleged canon sonique on a magazine cover back in the '70s the photographer had angled the camera so that the thing looked huge. It looked like it was mounted on the back of a gigantic lorry and was ready to roll into battle – or away, given that this was a French weapon. Whether or not it worked, it was impressive. Then I recently ran across the above photo of Prof. Gavreau and his brain child and it turns out that his infernal machine was about the size of a tea tray.