In the past, music has been used in psychological warfare and it seems that every generation has a new round of songs to torture people with. No, we're not talking the regular torture you feel when you've heard the same pop track too many times on (insert your favorite top 40's station here). We're talking about pop music literally used to torture people.
The latest is that Britney Spears' songs "Oops!… I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time" have been used to drive away Somali pirates. The reasoning behind choosing Spears' tracks probably won't surprise you. A merchant naval officer explained to NBC News that "her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most." In other words, blasting Brit Brit is the new home security system for sea highway goers.
But at least the pirates could escape the sounds of the overplayed pop music. Detainees in a U.S. prison in Kabul had to listen to Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" on loop for 20 days straight causing many to lose their minds. In 2013, hearing it once a month would be enough for us to go crazy, but back 13 years ago we have to admit we were all about it.
And an oldie but a goodie to reportedly put your enemies into a fragile state is apparently Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA." The song apparently served two purposes: to entertain the officers who can't get enough of The Boss, and to break down the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Although we don't 100 percent understand how this tactic works scientifically, one thing is for sure: if Miley's "We Can't Stop" really never did stop in a room full of people with no escape, they would surely all be in the mad house in no time.
(via NBC News)