Uh... Superman wasn't really real

Proving that stupidity is a global phenomenon, a boy in Hong Kong convinced his 9-yr old brother to immitate Superman by leaping off a building.   [Read more...]

Flying car update

Finally! Flying cars are looking more and more like a near-future reality, according to this report from Yahoo!

Within five years, NASA researchers hope to develop technology for a small airplane that can fly out of regional airports, costs less than $100,000, is as quiet as a motorcycle and as simple to operate as a car. Although it wouldn't have any road-driving capabilities, it would give regular people the ability to fly short distances.

In 10 years, NASA hopes to have created technology for going door-to-door. These still wouldn't be full-fledged flying cars ? instead, they'd be small planes that can drive very short distances on side streets, after landing at a nearby airport.

In 15 years, they hope to have the technology for larger vehicles, seating as many as four passengers, and the ability to make vertical takeoffs.

It will probably take years after these technologies are developed before such vehicles are actually on the market. And Moore says it will take about 25 years to get to anything "remotely 'Jetsons'-like,'" a reference to the futuristic cartoon that fed many flying car fantasies.

I plan on being here 25 years from now. I'll keep my eye on this one...   [Read more...]

UFOs and beer

The crop circle phenomenon won't go away, even as legions of folks come forward to say "Yeah, I did it." One affecionado and ale-lover Dudley Cates Jr. has combined his two passions to create Crop Circle Beer.

Crop circles carry an aura of mystery," said Cates, who grew up in Locust Valley and who first became intrigued with the legends behind the designs while living in Aspen, Colo. "I thought to myself, this phenomenon is real."

Also, said Cates, "I love beer."

There's no arguing with the boys dedication, however misguided it may be.   [Read more...]

Global warming all NASA's fault

I'm all for looking at things holistically, but this guy from Cheboygan is off his friggin' rocker:

If it takes [a certain amount of] power to raise a rocket, then according to Newton, the same amount of force is being exerted on the earth. Considering the earth's bulk, one lift-off may not have much effect, but think how many launches there are from Cape Kennedy every year and assume that each launch pushes the planet a few feet out of its normal orbit. In the course of a decade, that could amount to a major displacement, enough to have a major effect on the earth's climate.

Where the hell is Cheboygan anyhow, are are they all this moronic?   [Read more...]

Game girls take it all off

In a move that is sure to convince the rest of civilized world that gamers are a bunch of freaks, Money Magazine is reporting the October issue of Playboy will include a spread on hot and sexy female video game characters.   [Read more...]

Scientists pick top sci-fi movies

As reported in The Scotsman, leading scientists from around the globe have picked their top sci-fi movies of all time. I agree with almost everyone of their picks. Except one. See if you can figure it out in this top 10 list:

  • #1 - Blade Runner
  • #2 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Others included...
  • Alien
  • Solaris (1972)
  • Terminators one and two
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • War of the Worlds
  • The Matrix
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Well, 9 out of 10 ain't bad...   [Read more...]

Wayans and Munsters don't mix

And in what promises to be the latest sign of the apocalypse, IGN is reporting that the has-been Wayans brothers are set to remake the 1960's classic TV show The Munsters.

I especially like this line from the report: "sources claim that the Wayans came up with the idea for a Munsters movie while filming White Chicks.". Well, they sure weren't spending their time acting in that film, so it's nice to know they occupied their time with something!   [Read more...]

Early review of new Tee Morris book

Tee's book Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword hasn't even hit the bookstores yet, and he's already getting reviews.

The reviewer on Yet Another Book Review Site doesn't even care for private investigator stories, yet sings this books praises:

[T]he reason I stopped reading P.I. stories: cliche dialogue to the point of unintentional self-parody is most unbecoming.? The latter is just a form of entertainment that does nothing for me.? Author Morris deserves kudos though, for piecing it all together without too much genre-mocking, but at the same time, keeping it fast moving and fun.

You go, Tee bone!   [Read more...]

Banned Sci-Fi/Fantasy Works

Thanks to The Forbidden Library for compiling this data.

  • 1984 . George Orwell. Harcourt. Challenged in the Jackson County, Fla. (1981) because the novel is "pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter." Big Brother doesn't want people reading such things.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. Ace; Bantam; Crown; Delacorte; Dover; NAL; Norton; Penguin; Random; St. Martin. Banned in China (1931) for portraying animals and humans on the same level, "Animals should not use human language."
  • Clan of the Cave Bear. Jean Auel. Coronet. Challenged at the Berrien Springs, Mich. High School for its use in classrooms and libraries (1988), Banned from the Cascade Middle School library in Eugene, Oreg. (1992), Challenged, but retained on the Moorpark High School recommended reading list in Simi Valley, Calif. (1993), despite objections that it contains "hardcore graphic sexual content."
  • Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury. Ballentine. Ironically, students at the Venado Middle School in Irvine, Calif. received copies of the book with scores of words--mostly "hells" and "damns"--blacked out. The novel is about book burning and censorship. Thankfully, after receiving complaints from parents and being contacted by reporters, school officials said the censored copies would no longer be used (1992).
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis. Macmillan. Challenged in the Howard County, Md. school system (1990) because it depicts "graphic violence, mysticism, and gore." I'm sure the school system would rather have its children reading something which adheres to "good Christian values." I cannot recommend the works of C.S. Lewis highly enough. The Narnia books, in particular, are great for readers of all ages.
  • The Lorax. Dr. Seuss. Random. Challenged in the Laytonville, Calif. Unified School District (1989) because it "criminalizes the foresting industry." Isn't that the de-foresting industry?
  • The Martian Chronicles. Ray Bradbury. Bantam. Challenged at the Haines City, Fla. High School (1982) for profanity and the use of God's name in vain. Challenged at the Newton-Conover, N.C. High School (1987) as supplemental reading due to profanity. Challenged at the Gatlinburg-Pittman, Tenn. High School (1993) due to profanity.
  • Slaughterhouse-Five. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Dell; Dial. Burned in Drake, N. Dak. (1973). Banned in Rochester Mich. because the novel "contains and makes references to religious matters" and thus fell within the ban of the establishment clause. Challenged at the Owensboro, Ky. high School library (1985) because of "foul language, a reference to 'Magic Fingers' attached to the protagonist's bed to help him sleep, and the sentence: 'The gun made a ripping sound like the opening of the fly of God Almighty.' " Challenged, but retained on the Round Rock, Tex. Independent High School reading list (1996) after a challenge that the book was too violent. This particular novel is the recipient of a very cool plug in the movie, Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon.
  • The Witches of Worm. Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Atheneum. Challenged at the Hays, Kans. Public Library (1989) because it "could lead young readers to embrace satanism." The Newbery Award-winning book was retained on the approved reading list at Matthew Henson Middle School in Waldorf, Md. (1991) despite objections to its references to the occult.
  • A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine L'Engle. Dell. Challenged at the Polk City, Fla. Elementary School (1985) by a parent who believed that the story promotes witchcraft, crystal balls, and demons. Challenged in the Anniston Ala. schools (1990). The complainant objected to the book's listing the name of Jesus Christ together with the names of great artists, philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders when referring to those who defend earth against evil. Got it. Let's cross Jesus off that list, shall we?

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