The FAA has a program called NextGen Initiative which is planning ways to update the aviation infrastructure. One of the cutting edge ideas is to eventually have planes that fly themselves, no pilot required. It will be a while coming, but we are headed that way. Reason number 3,952 I'm glad I don't travel by air.
A Dutchman was caught trying to smuggle 11.5 pounds of cocaine into an Amsterdam airport last Sunday. Security apparently thought it was odd to find string beans in the man's luggage. On closer inspection it was discovered that each bean concealed a plastic tube of the drug. The bumper crop is worth an estimated $240,000.
A jail trusty is facing charges for smugging contraband into the jail. The 42 year old, Rapides Parrish, Louisiana man attempted to bring baggies of tobacco, cigarettes, and muscle relaxers in hidden in his prosthetic leg. Apparently somebody thought to look there and I'm guessing the prisoner is no longer a trusty.
It gives new meaning to the phrase- just point and shoot. Do it yourself LASIK eye surgery is possible, whether or not it is advisable, is another question entirely. You send in your prescription, presumably so the laser can be properly programed, and $99.95 (+ tax of course). Perfectly safe I'm sure. Oh, and yes, they also sell shirts and mugs touting their procedure.
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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