Booby traps are perhaps the oldest type of weapon we know. Before we could make melee and projectile weapons, traps were the preferred way to catch game. Of course, a simple prehistoric trap from our time as a hunter-gatherer can hardly be compared to the sophisticated – and deadly – mechanisms found in today’s booby traps, although the idea has always been more or less similar.
Of course, not all booby traps are created equal, as this is a broad definition anyway. Something as simple as a buried knife in the ground could technically be called a booby trap because it fits the definition perfectly. However, simple booby traps are not the reason why we are here today. Our focus in this case would be on the deadliest and most thoughtful traps in history that are characterized by their ingenuity and effectiveness.
From the many uses of snakes in the Vietnam War to the elaborate, mysterious network of traps found under Qin Shi Huang̵
This is an encore to one of our previous lists, as presented by our YouTube moderator Simon Whistler. Read the full list!
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