According to Metro, the UK's Royal Navy has begun using songs by Britney Spears to fend off Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. Playing tracks such as "Oops! I Did It Again" and "...Baby One More Time" over speakers directed at suspected pirate ships, members of the Royal Navy believe they have discovered an effective form of pirate repellant.
Merchant navy officer Rachel Owens, one of the UK's 1,500 sailors stationed on ships that routinely patrol the water surrounding the Horn of Africa, said that Spears' "songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most." Elaborating, she added, "These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect." According to Owens, the strategy has been effective so far, as she asserted that "the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns," now that the pirates "move on as quickly as they can" after being assaulted by Spears' canon.
Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, was also quoted saying "Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music. I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention."
If commercial pop music proves to be the most effective nonviolent weapon ever used, its existence will finally be validated. If not, we hope Spears doesn't spawn the largest pirate attack of the century.