Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dead Flies Power Flesh-Eating Robot



In wacky news, scientists in Bristol, England invented robots who get their energy from munching gross things like dead flies and rotten apples. Why invent such a thing? So, you can get robots to run in places lacking electrical outlets. Like the ocean floor.

Here's the entire article.

This week marked my most expensive experience at the gas pumps. Just under $50 to fill up the van. Major ouch.

You can see where I'm heading...

I want someone to invent a car where I get to dump a business of dead flies (yes, business is the collective term for flies!) into my gas tank before taking off on a road trip. Would give a whole new meaning to the expression "doing it on the FLY"! Or getting somewhere on a WING and a prayer!

And in unwacky news, huge congratulations to my niece, Jocelyn, who was voted sixth grade valedictorian for her school!!!

7 comments:

Maureen McGowan said...

There was a documentary film a few years ago about a vegetable oil fuelled bus that Woody Harelson and others drove around US college campuses promoting various grean (and vegan) messages. Film is Go Further. (or was it Farther? LOL)

Worth seeing. I found it hilarious and learned a few things too. (Others I took with a grain of salt -- I like meat.)

Maureen McGowan said...

Ah, green, not grean. Can't type today.

Barrie said...

Maureen, you are becoming my personal movie reviewer. Ha!

Kathy Krevat said...

Maybe they can invent a vacuum cleaner that runs on dead bugs. Or a lawn mower that runs on snails.

Barrie, you must be filling up with a quarter tank left. I'm usually on empty and it takes $60 to fill up my minivan. Gotta love California!

Barrie said...

Maybe I am filling up sooner than you. You might be more of a risk taker? :)

Sara Hantz said...

Your petrol is still cheaper than ours!!!

Well done Jocelyn.

Kathy Holmes said...

Hmmm... if I think gas is high here in Florida, wait til we get back to the west coast. I hear it's even higher there. Oh goodie!