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(Smithsonian Magazine)   In the eighties, visionaries dreamed of genetically engineering cat-sized rhinos, carrot-root tomatoes, and plants that taste like meat   (blogs.smithsonianmag.com) divider line 32
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2012-12-11 04:36:17 AM  
probably can be done, but can't think there will be much acceptance.

Now rhino-sized cats might be fun.....
 
2012-12-11 08:50:27 AM  
Opulance, the 80s has it.

cdn.uproxx.com

"Fry, I'm an 80s guy. That means for a 100 bucks, I'd beat you senseless and steal your shoes."

www.josesandoval.com
 
2012-12-11 09:47:23 AM  
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2012-12-11 09:54:08 AM  

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I miss that show.
 
2012-12-11 09:58:28 AM  

Malacon: thecpt: [i245.photobucket.com image 320x180] 

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I miss that show.


The second season was one of the best seasons of a show ever. To lurkers: is the best office oriented satire and its streaming on Netflix. The first season is enjoyable and at least worth your time. The second season is refined glory. I don't think I could hype it enough.
 
2012-12-11 09:59:48 AM  
Screw you subby, I still want a cat sized elephant and steak that grows on trees. More than a flying car.

In all seriousness, no genuine hunger alleviating discoveries will ever become widespread, presuming they are ever developed or safe. Big Hunger has too meant $ at stake.
 
2012-12-11 10:12:05 AM  
I've been saying for years that the coolest pet in the world would be a bear that's the size of a house cat. Bears, like cats, will rip your head off without hesitation when they're bigger than you, but get them down to about 12 pounds and they're adorable. A rhino would be cool too, but I want a tiny grizzly bear, dammit.
 
2012-12-11 10:21:57 AM  
I still want one of those mini giraffes.

=]
 
2012-12-11 10:27:47 AM  
And we would have done it too if you hadn't kept underfunding the departments!

I want meat that tastes like sadness.
 
2012-12-11 10:31:59 AM  

Yukon Cornelius: I've been saying for years that the coolest pet in the world would be a bear that's the size of a house cat. Bears, like cats, will rip your head off without hesitation when they're bigger than you, but get them down to about 12 pounds and they're adorable. A rhino would be cool too, but I want a tiny grizzly bear, dammit.


That WOULD be very cool. They need to get that Russian guy that made the fox dogs on that shiat, stat. My god, it's full of stars... The glory.. The possibilities.. My new obsession is now cat sizes bears.
 
2012-12-11 10:33:59 AM  

neongoats: In all seriousness, no genuine hunger alleviating discoveries will ever become widespread, presuming they are ever developed or safe. Big Hunger has too meant $ at stake.


Starvation is political in origin. There is enough food being produced to feed anyone and everyone.
 
2012-12-11 10:37:05 AM  
I thought the visionaries in the 80s were fighting over magic staves
 
2012-12-11 10:40:51 AM  
Rolling over onto that horn in the middle of the night would be unpleasant.
 
2012-12-11 10:42:23 AM  
Self proclaimed Visionaries are always wrong.
 
2012-12-11 10:44:39 AM  

DerAppie: Starvation is political in origin.


Only partly true. It's also a logistics issue. It's hard to get a fresh ear of corn from Iowa to the northern provinces of Bangladesh.
 
2012-12-11 11:05:55 AM  

abhorrent1: Rolling over onto that horn in the middle of the night would be unpleasant.


That's what she said?
 
2012-12-11 11:10:49 AM  
It's time that we start talking seriously about a bacon tree.
 
2012-12-11 11:12:03 AM  
Maybe you've heard the internet meme-ish question: would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses. Well, I've got a new one for you: would your rather own a kitty-cat sized-rhino or a rhino-sized kitty-cat? Because children of the 1980s were told that in the future they might just get such a choice.


A rhino-sized cat would kill you in seconds.
 
2012-12-11 11:51:48 AM  

Mr_Fabulous: DerAppie: Starvation is political in origin.

Only partly true. It's also a logistics issue. It's hard to get a fresh ear of corn from Iowa to the northern provinces of Bangladesh.


Sure, but let us pretend for a minute that there are foodstuffs that will keep better than an ear of corn and that there are countries with a food surplus closer by than the US.

Barring political issues, like war or incompetence amongst the rulers, and natural disasters every country on the world can either produce enough food to feed the citizens or trade for the deficit with neighbouring/nearby countries.
 
2012-12-11 12:03:47 PM  

neongoats: In all seriousness, no genuine hunger alleviating discoveries will ever become widespread, presuming they are ever developed or safe.


Norman Borlaug would like a word with you.
 
2012-12-11 12:18:42 PM  

doczoidberg: Maybe you've heard the internet meme-ish question: would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses. Well, I've got a new one for you: would your rather own a kitty-cat sized-rhino or a rhino-sized kitty-cat? Because children of the 1980s were told that in the future they might just get such a choice.


A rhino-sized cat would kill you in seconds.


Do you not own a cat? A rhino-sized cat would play with you until you bled to death, probably taking several minutes longer to do it then you wish it would.

But a 2 foot tall giraffe, god I need one, hurry up science!
 
2012-12-11 12:55:54 PM  
How about photosynthetic skin and gut flora that lets us digest cellulose? Hunger solved.
 
2012-12-11 01:05:14 PM  

BronyMedic: Opulance, the 80s has it.

[cdn.uproxx.com image 300x177]

***snip***


Glad to see this was posted, disappointed it took so long to be posted.

piercedgeek: doczoidberg: ***snip***
A rhino-sized cat would kill you in seconds.

Do you not own a cat? A rhino-sized cat would play with you until you bled to death, probably taking several minutes longer to do it then you wish it would.

But a 2 foot tall giraffe, god I need one, hurry up science!


Well a rhino sized house cat would swat you around until your heart/brain exploded, but a rhino-sized member of the feline family would probably not waste time and just run you down and bite your head off.

At least you would likely see those coming, how 'bout some death from above?
 
2012-12-11 01:54:09 PM  
www.everywoodyallenmovie.com

/my god I just beat a man insensible with a strawberry...
 
2012-12-11 06:46:40 PM  
Ah, the delusions of a past age sure look funny under the lens of today. How come so many people cling to the space bilge of the 1960s?
 
2012-12-11 10:16:18 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Ah, the delusions of a past age sure look funny under the lens of today. How come so many people cling to the space bilge of the 1960s?


Because reality is completely underwhelming.
 
2012-12-11 11:58:42 PM  

abhorrent1: Rolling over onto that horn in the middle of the night would be unpleasant.


My first thought after reading that was "shin guards."
 
2012-12-12 04:43:29 AM  
I know no one believes it, but eggplant tastes like meat. If the eggplant is prepared perfectly and the meat is unidentifiable to begin with and part of a frozen tv dinner.

/Actually, eggplant parmesean, done right, is magnificent. But we're talking restaurant here.
 
2012-12-12 09:17:46 AM  
Plants that taste like meat?

Chickienobs?

/obscure? I doubt it...
 
2012-12-12 06:23:27 PM  

Wizzin: Quantum Apostrophe: Ah, the delusions of a past age sure look funny under the lens of today. How come so many people cling to the space bilge of the 1960s?

Because reality is completely underwhelming.


Finally a sane answer. I can see the spiritual and religious appeal of the overblown Space Age promises. But it was all just saber rattling.
 
2012-12-12 09:51:46 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Wizzin: Quantum Apostrophe: Ah, the delusions of a past age sure look funny under the lens of today. How come so many people cling to the space bilge of the 1960s?

Because reality is completely underwhelming.

Finally a sane answer. I can see the spiritual and religious appeal of the overblown Space Age promises. But it was all just saber rattling.


How would one rattle a lightsaber?
 
2012-12-13 04:14:38 AM  
Visionaries!? I loved that show!
sharetv.org
 
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