"Nazis. I hate those guys." We agree with you wholeheartedly there, Indiana Jones. Intense hatred aside, we know they weren't shy when it came to scientific research. UFOs and orbital death rays? Yup, they were working on it. They had other projects, too. And one stands out as more bizarre than some others.
The Nazis wanted to turn man's best friend into Nazi Germany's enemies worst enemy, by creating a super-soldier dog that could talk.
According to Time magazine, Jan Bondeson, author of Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities, wrote:
An Airedale terrier named Rolf became a mythic figure of the project after teachers said he could spell by tapping his paw on a board (the number of taps represented the various letters of the alphabet). With that skill in hand, he mused on religion, learned foreign languages and even asked a noblewoman, "Can you wag your tail?" Perhaps most outlandish is the claim by his German masters that he asked to serve in the German army because he disliked the French. Another mutt barked "Mein Fuhrer" when asked to describe Hitler. And Don, a German pointer, is said to have imitated a human voice to bark, "Hungry! Give me cakes!" in German.
Dogs are as intelligent as a 2-year-old human, and the brightest of them understand 250 words, solve complex problems and even count to five. Although it would be kind of nifty for our dogs to tell us, "I'd much rather have the Kibbles n' Bits than the Alpo tonight," these particular experiments were doomed to fail: Their tongues and mouths don't allow them to form words as we do, and they don't voluntarily control their breath.
And considering that the Nazis planned to use them to guard concentration camps, it's just as well that this project failed.
Note: Hitler loved his German shepherd Blondi so much that before he shot himself, he killed Blondi first. Yup, that's love for you. Hitler love.
(via The Daily What)