This may sound like a joke, hoax or conspiracy theory… but it's not!
It's all real life!!
Back in the 60's, when spying was all about telephones in shoes and knockout gas in wristwatches, the CIA came up with a crazy program: Operation Acoustic Kitty.
Yes, that's the real name.
They implanted a microphone microchip in a cat's ear canal, an antenna was embedded down his tail and a transmitter was implanted at the base of his skull.
This cat was a literal cyborg kitty who was supposed to be able to just walk up to people and record their conversations.
But seeing as how cats aren't dogs, the cat wasn't very good at following orders.
The cat's first real world test was to go to a park and record the conversation of two men on a bench.
So the cat and his handlers went into the field and released the cat.
He immediately ran into the street and was run over by a taxi!!
Omg! That's awful!!
The craziest part is that the whole project cost about $20,000,000!!
We're sad the cat died but glad that the program failed so no other cats had to be mutilated!
[Image via Jan Tik/Jennifer Barnard/Wikimedia Commons.]
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