A Cambodian woman who disappeared at the age of 8 has been found after spending the past 19 years living wild in the jungle. Police said the woman was "half-human and half-animal" and could not speak any intelligible language when they found her. She was able to be identified as Ro Cham H'pnhieng thanks to a large scar across her back, which her father recognized. Not surprisingly, the woman is not interested in wearing clothes and hanging out with humans. "She prefers to crawl rather than walk," said the district police chief. "Unfortunately, she keeps crying and wants to go back to the jungle." (BBC)
BETTER HAVE AN EXTREMELY LOGICAL REASON WHY THEY SHOULDN'T KILL YOU
When you're old and gray and telling your grandchildren stories about how the robot overlords made us their slaves, don't forget to brag about how you were alive when the first killer robots were manufactured. A variety of news outlets have reported that Samsung is working with the South Korean government to build robotic guards for the Demilitarized Zone along their border with North Korea. Samsung's Web site states that their "Intelligent Surveillance & Security Guard Robot" is armed with surveillance, tracking, firing and voice recognition capabilities and could be armed with lethal weapons, which could fire autonomously on human targets. They also promise that the robots will never get fatigued "so that the perfect guarding operation is guaranteed." While killer robots are obviously being developed as our soldiers of the future, they have also found their first real jobs as police officers. The city of Chicago recently purchased four robocops to help with the messiest police work. For now, the robots are armed only with water cannons, but the manufacturer promised that the robots can be fitted with shotguns if they are needed for conflict situations. (SF Gate)
THE FIRST RULE OF PILLOW FIGHT CLUB IS GET AS MUCH MEDIA ATTENTION AS POSSIBLE
Since hockey isn't quite captivating American viewers, Canadians have created the next professional sports league to take over the world. Get ready for the Pillow Fight League (PFL), which made its U.S. debut in New York last week after building up a cult following in Canadian bars over the past year or so. According to their press release, the Pillow Fight League "leads the way as the most exciting and innovative new wave in sports entertainment." Uh-huh ... The league boasts the catchy slogan "Fight Like A Girl" and employs 22 women brawlers with names such as Sally Spitfire and Boozy Suzy. Official PFL rules call for five-minute bouts, which can be won by pitfall, surrender, referee-stoppage or judges' decision. The rules also allow punching, leg drops, clotheslines, submission holds (as long as a pillow is used to execute the attacks) but has banned all the stuff men usually want to see when watching a catfight, including eye-gouging, biting, scratching, hair-pulling, low blows and (I'm guessing here) french-kissing.
Also, loading a brick into the bottom of your pillow is strictly prohibited. Check out the next bouts or join the league at Gopfl.com.
EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG (EXCEPT FOR THE STUFF THAT'S RIGHT)
Thanks to LiveScience.com and their "Top 20 Most Popular Science Myths," we can finally settle a few bar bets. First, the things that are supposedly true but are not: A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's, hair and fingernails continue to grow after death, a man thinks about sex every 7 seconds, a penny dropped from a skyscraper will kill a pedestrian, the Great Wall of China can be seen from the moon, it takes 7 years to digest gum and animals can predict natural disasters. On the other hand, there are indeed a few "myths" that are true. For example, chickens can live without a head (for a little while) and a falling cat will always land on its feet (unless dropped from a height of less than one foot.) Feel smarter now?
GIVING US A COSMIC INFERIORITY COMPLEX
Astronomer Charles Lineweaver of the University of New South Wales speculates that the reason aliens haven't contacted us is that Earthlings are just too boring. He estimates that Earth-like planets around other stars would be an average 1.8 billion years older than Earth, so any intelligent beings on those planets would be so advanced that they would think of us as nothing more than bacteria. (New Scientist)
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