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(Gizmodo)   Meet the creepiest robot you've ever seen. BURN IT WITH FIRE   (gizmodo.com) divider line
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2107 clicks; posted to STEM » on 28 Feb 2021 at 11:10 AM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-02-28 10:45:44 AM  
The engineers have obviously read their Heinlein.
 
2021-02-28 11:20:51 AM  
A robot merkin? DNRTFA
 
2021-02-28 11:26:13 AM  

thedingoatemybaby: A robot merkin? DNRTFA


Liar.
 
2021-02-28 11:42:37 AM  
The way it moves remind me more of a touch sensitive plant than an animal.
 
2021-02-28 11:51:16 AM  
Roadkill robot ?
 
2021-02-28 11:54:22 AM  

WereBear666: The engineers have obviously read their Heinlein.


Done in one, and I'm out.
 
2021-02-28 11:55:42 AM  
Scientists!

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No!

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Yes!

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Yes!

Come on, get on with it! We're waiting.

/Yes, I'm aware that those two might kill me rather than shag me. It's a risk I'm willing to take.
 
2021-02-28 12:02:40 PM  
So, it's a Tribble...
 
2021-02-28 12:13:14 PM  
The proper meme is "kill it with fire", because, obviously, "burn it with fire" would be a redundant redundancy that repeats itself repeatedly...

/Department Of Redundancies Dept.
 
2021-02-28 12:20:59 PM  
Is it capable of wrapping itself around your genitals and furiously moving in a rhythmic motion?

/asking for a friend
 
2021-02-28 1:01:41 PM  
markie_farkie: Is it capable of wrapping itself around your genitals and furiously moving in a rhythmic motion?

/asking for a friend


We must have the same friend.
 
2021-02-28 1:02:53 PM  

talkertopc: The way it moves remind me more of a touch sensitive plant than an animal.


They came from within.......
 
2021-02-28 1:03:39 PM  

cabal_man: So, it's a Tribble...


And Tribbles mean trouble
 
2021-02-28 1:40:41 PM  

markie_farkie: Is it capable of wrapping itself around your genitals and furiously moving in a rhythmic motion?

/asking for a friend


Okay, I'm glad I'm not the only person who saw this and thought, "This is someone's idea of a sex toy, right?"
 
2021-02-28 3:12:25 PM  
It's a sentient Bone Fone.

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2021-02-28 3:21:37 PM  
Every time it humps itself up, I expect some horking and then a haiball coming out after 15 seconds of that.
 
2021-02-28 4:03:14 PM  

Fear the Clam: It's a sentient Bone Fone.

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2021-02-28 4:03:58 PM  

mononymous: The proper meme is "kill it with fire", because, obviously, "burn it with fire" would be a redundant redundancy that repeats itself repeatedly...

/Department Of Redundancies Dept.


One can burn with acid and other caustic chemicals.

/ pedanticsRus
 
2021-02-28 5:53:56 PM  

cabal_man: So, it's a Tribble...


More like a caterpillar.
 
2021-02-28 5:55:01 PM  

mononymous: The proper meme is "kill it with fire", because, obviously, "burn it with fire" would be a redundant redundancy that repeats itself repeatedly...

/Department Of Redundancies Dept.


Acid burn? Rug burn? Real mean insults?
 
2021-02-28 6:01:03 PM  
Yeah, that'd be a hard NO. Thanks.
 
2021-02-28 6:10:07 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: cabal_man: So, it's a Tribble...

More like a caterpillar.


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Not at all like.
 
2021-02-28 6:48:59 PM  
I seen creepier.
 
2021-02-28 7:46:48 PM  

leeksfromchichis: I seen creepier.


I seen YOU.
 
2021-02-28 8:11:44 PM  
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2021-02-28 10:01:26 PM  

Fear the Clam: It's a sentient Bone Fone.

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I had one of those. Amazing sound if you kinda pressed it against your collarbones. Tuning it to an fm station was difficult tho.
 
2021-02-28 11:19:16 PM  
Not even close, subby:

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2021-03-01 10:37:58 AM  
Yeah, Niven did it better:
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2021-03-01 11:12:24 AM  

WereBear666: The engineers have obviously read their Heinlein.


cabal_man: So, it's a Tribble...


So, back in 1952 Robert A. Heinlein wrote a young adults novel, 'The Rolling Stones'.  The Stone family, living on Luna, buy and refurbish a secondhand spaceship and go traveling.  On Mars, the twins invest in a 'Martian Flat Cat', a featureless ball of fur that (they discover too late) multiplies at a terrific rate when overfed.

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Fast forward fourteen or fifteen years.  David Gerrold is on the Star Trek set working on changes to the script for 'The Trouble With Tribbles' when one of the secretaries brings him a copy of the script and asks him to autograph it.  "Sure!  Who's it for?"  "Heinlein."

Gerrold nearly had a heart attack on the spot.  Of course, he had read 'Rolling Stones' long before, but had put it out of his mind.  He hadn't *consciously* plagiarized 'Stones' for Tribbles, but the similarities were such that he knew no one would believe that.

The script was sent to Heinlein.  He replied, said some nice things about it, and said not to worry - the gimmick may have been the same, but they were telling two different stories.  "And anyway," he added, "I figure we both owe a debt of gratitude to Ellis Parker Butler and his story 'Pigs is Pigs'."
 
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