There was a curious line item in the budget request from NASA: $100 million in funding for an asteroid research plan that sounds like something out of science fiction. Using an unmanned spacecraft, technicians want to collect an asteroid and move it to the moon in order to perform tests that could be used to learn more about the science of asteroids and their future use as sources of minerals and other materials. It’s theoretically possible, but that doesn’t mean NASA will get the funds.
Fiction: Microsoft unveils Bing Basic
In the fight for market share between Microsoft and Google, the barbs have been getting more and more pointed. While Google unveiled a whole fleet of fun April fools pranks like Google Nose (incidentally, the tech behind this prank is real), Microsoft stuck with a snide attack on Google, parodying Google’s iconic look with a stripped-down version of Bing web search. (Google, in turn, turned GMail blue for the day in a not-so-veiled mockery of Outlook.)
Prime Minister David Cameron is not a popular figure with the liberal media of the UK, who enjoy any chance they can get to land a jab at him, but even this one is hard to spin. When he heard a ewe bleating after getting stuck in the mud when she tried to save her lambs, he waded in to help her out, saving her from certain death. Her lambs, and other sheep across the UK, are victims of the same unseasonably cold weather in Europe discussed above; sadly, unpopular Prime Ministers aren’t always around for a rescue.
Returning to its roots, Twitter announced the rollout of a new service, Twttr, which only allows the use of consonants (Y, as a double-duty letter, passes muster). Customers who felt the service was too restrictive were invited to pay for a subscription service that unlocks vowels. t tks sm gttng sd t, bt y’d b srprsd by hw qckly y gt ccstmd t t!
What eats $75 worth of food a week, has two giant floppy ears and weighs more than the average toddler? Ralph the Rabbit, a rather gigantic specimen. While he was temporarily unseated from his throne by another Continental Giant, he reclaimed it this year, thanks to the rather fortifying (and possibly unhealthy — carrots aren’t that great as a regular diet item for rabbits) diet he lives on, and his breeding. This is one seriously big bunny!
In a very poorly-disguised advertisement for the auto company, BMW trafficked on all the excitement over the royal baby due this summer to tout a fictional pram with all the bells and whistles people have come to expect from its products. Nice try, BMW!
In Cleo Rocos’ autobiography, currently being serialized in The Sunday Times, she claims that she, along with Freddie Mercury, concealed Princess Diana as a comely male model and snuck her into a gay bar for a night out on the town. Evidently the Princess went undetected. It’s a difficult story to confirm, of course, but it wouldn’t be a total surprise given the Princess’ outgoing personality.
Poor Greece has been subjected to a number of indignities under austerity, but the latest reported proposal from the Troika was, thankfully, a hoax. EnetEnglish reported that inspectors were considering a switchover to Roman transliteration of Greek for the convenience of government officials, tourists and others, on the grounds that it would save the country a substantial sum of money each year. There’s actually real-world precedent here; Ireland no longer uses the Gaelic alphabet for example, and Simplified Chinese is used in Mainland China.
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