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(Some Guy)   Genetic engineers predict Christmas tree of the future   (news.independent.co.uk) divider line
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3625 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Dec 2001 at 12:44 AM (18 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2001-12-25 12:48:40 AM  
Cool, yet one step ahead of a few supervillainn origin stories. Electricity from plants. Then electricity from animals. Then an Electric Super Villain.
 
2001-12-25 12:49:10 AM  
Let me know when they grow one that can take itself to the sidewalk after Christmas.
 
2001-12-25 12:49:44 AM  
This should be lasbelled img.fark.net

Why modify things when we don't absolutely have to? We will pay for this stupidity eventually.
 
2001-12-25 12:50:16 AM  
lasbelled=labelled
 
2001-12-25 12:55:54 AM  
These trees would make for some pretty nifty and very cheap solar panels. Might come in handy.
 
2001-12-25 12:58:08 AM  
WOMBAT!!!!!
 
2001-12-25 1:01:27 AM  
Eat them.
 
2001-12-25 1:01:39 AM  
I'm just saying...
 
2001-12-25 1:04:14 AM  
Hey Wombat, have you seen the movie Tommy Boy? "WOMBAT!!!" was one of the best scenes in that movie. I wasn't yelling at you over your comment, just saying hi.
 
2001-12-25 1:04:32 AM  
How about trees that don't drop their damned needles? >:P
 
2001-12-25 1:08:13 AM  
What about modifying one of those pine trees to look like one of the brazilian booby babes and teaching it give mean head, and not drop its needles???
 
2001-12-25 1:12:30 AM  
(I'm drunk!) This is the coolest thing I've ever seen. Can you imagine planting trees to make electricity? That's some farked up shiat that's even beyond science fiction. It reminded me of the trees in Tenchi Muyo.

If I ever built up the responsiblity to own a house, like my married friends, and even attempt to take care of that house, I always thought I'd build giant windmills and solar panels. There really is a lot you can do to increase energy efficiency and help the environment, but it's expensive as hell and a fringe pursuit.

If you could plant electric trees, though! Especially if this shiat got out of control like GM corn, it would be amazing. Cross-breeding, even inadvertant migration of the seed, eventually we'd see red/white/blue glowing trees all the fark over the place. And they'd provide free electricity.
 
2001-12-25 1:16:04 AM  
LordWatson, OK then. Haven't seen Tommy Boy, it must've come out while I was fighting the communists in the forests of Romania, only armed with my fists and a short pointy stick. Is it any good then?
 
2001-12-25 1:22:03 AM  
ProfaneWombat:
It was pretty damned funny, not as funny as fighting the communists in the forests of Romania, only armed with my fists and a short pointy stick, but good none the less. If you can get your hands on it in Dutch-zania or where ever you live you should rent it. Most of it was filmed near where I live, I saw David Spade and Chris Farley in local bars during filming, err I mean after filming.

When Chris Farley's character was in college they would party all the time. At frat parties they would inhale on joints and then do keg stands (chugging upside down) and then exhale the smoke (still upside down) yelling "WOMBAT!!"
It was pretty juvenile frat boy shiat, aka right up my alley.
 
2001-12-25 1:32:19 AM  
ahhhh.....
 
2001-12-25 1:35:17 AM  
But they admitted that critics have accused them of "trying to take God into our own hands".

Dems gotta be some mighty big hands, fo sho!
 
2001-12-25 1:36:35 AM  
Sounds like a good thing. I'll have to rent it sometime.

But back on topic: I really think that if God didn't intend us to mess around with genes, he would've made mice with ears on their backs himself. Not doing so is pretty much asking for it, isn't it?
 
2001-12-25 1:43:22 AM  
Halfassed Monkey Boy: Are you any relation to the Four-assed Monkey?
 
2001-12-25 1:44:40 AM  
MorphineWombat:
If scientists can't grow ears on mice's backs, well then the you know whos have already you know what.
 
2001-12-25 1:49:12 AM  
Should we just go ahead and call the troops home?
 
2001-12-25 2:23:09 AM  
lol, "trying to take God into our own hands".

Have to give it to the critics for coming up with a new one for the holidays.
 
2001-12-25 9:08:05 AM  
Okay, so nobody else has spotted the obvious stupidity in this idea?

We're gonna have electric trees, right? Okay. What happens when you touch one? Do you get 250 volts of power zapping thru your body? Because basically, that is bad.

Listen, if dozens of drunken christmas morons kill themselves left right and center every yuletide in pointless car accidents and home mishaps, how do you think a farkin' electric tree is going to add to the fun? We're looking at thousands of charred xmas morons every year.

So, of course, I'm all for it.
 
2001-12-25 10:12:35 AM  
Of Korz, you're probably right, but maybe the engineers are going to use genes from the really smart eels, the ones that can communicate with humans. That way we can work things out without all that scary shocking you talk about.
 
2001-12-25 10:19:50 AM  
"..genes from the really smart eels, the ones that can communicate with humans."

You mean lawyers?
 
2001-12-25 12:21:20 PM  
I hear they have electric trees in Bizzaro World :P
 
2001-12-25 6:08:28 PM  
But will it shock the dog when he tries to piss on it?
 
2001-12-25 9:50:28 PM  
I will just stick with my YULE BLAZERS. The plutonium-powered Christmast lights!
 
2001-12-26 12:05:20 AM  
Electric Christmas Trees? They ruled, I just loved "Eyeball of Hell".

Or am I thinking about the dudes who think they're Mannheim Steamroller?
 
2001-12-26 12:17:48 AM  
"taking god into our own hands" bad english.. how did you make it this far anyways?
 
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