Futility Music

Music to be tortured by

See Torture By Music at MusicRadar.com to learn what is…

known in the torture trade as futility music — chosen to “convince the prisoner of the futility of maintaining his position”.


US military have been using music as a form of torture in Iraq. Psychological operations (or psyops) play Metallica’s Enter Sandman or Eminem’s White America at excruciating volumes as a way of ‘breaking’ Iraqi prisoners of war.

Mother Jones magazine publishes the Torture Playlist so you can keep up to date with all the latest is torture tunes.

Who will be the next Top Tuneful Torturer?


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Futility, a novel that eerily predicted the sinking of the Titanic

(Update: unfortunately, the Titanic Adventure Slide is no longer available from Allison’s Fun, Inc.  No word of it sank.  Now available here: nFlatables)

From the oracle Wikipedia comes Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan:

Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan was an 1898 novella written by Morgan Robertson. The story features the ocean liner Titan which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. The Titan and its sinking have been noted to be very similar to the RMS Titanic which sank fourteen years later.

If only the captain of the Titanic had read this book! The loss of life was… what would be a good word… ah! FUTILE!. But I don’t suppose the ship’s librarian would have stocked it…

Now something to brighten our day. Yes, it’s the Titanic Adventure Slide!. Think of the fun you can have reliving that tragedy! Perfect for Bon Voyage parties:


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