HFM 087 | Greatest Unintended Consequences in History, Part 2: The Cobra Effect

September 15, 2014



If you want to get rid of a nasty pest, it might seem sensible to offer a bounty as a reward. But nothing backfires quite like a bounty. We look at bounties on snakes in Delhi, rats in Vietnam; and feral pigs in Fort Benning, Georgia. In each case, bounty hunters found loopholes in the system and made the problem much worse than it was in the beginning.

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About Michael Rank

Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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