- Oct 2016
similar account in the BibleAlso, these 16th C "fire bomb cats" - supposedly the invention of Franz Helm of Cologne, used to set fire to besieged cities, but copied and recopied with plentiful illustrations (so it must have been a great idea at the time). Basically you tie some sort of incendiary device onto a live cat.
“Create a small sack like a fire-arrow … if you would like to get at a town or castle, seek to obtain a cat from that place. And bind the sack to the back of the cat, ignite it, let it glow well and thereafter let the cat go, so it runs to the nearest castle or town, and out of fear it thinks to hide itself where it ends up in barn hay or straw it will be ignited.” - Penn University Library
What is to keep the cat from running back into your camp?
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"And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails; and when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.."
economic warfare. take that, Philistines.