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Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Use your left ear to detect lies
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Drone Delivery—not yet a reality
In March 2012, TacoCopter.com appeared online, claiming to represent a SF-area startup that planned to use drones to deliver tacos. That turned out to be a hoax.


And earlier this year, the French postal service claimed it was experimenting with using drones to deliver mail. That was an April Fool's Day hoax.


So the idea of drone delivery has been a popular idea with hoaxers. But now, perhaps, it's going to become a reality. The emphasis is on perhaps. Australian textbook rental service Zookal claims that next year it will begin to use drones to deliver textbooks in Sydney. This will allow it to deliver the textbooks in mere minutes, as opposed to the 2 or 3 days it would take by the mail. The drone company Flirtey will supply the flying robots.


But Australian tech blog Delimiter cautions that while Zookal's announcement doesn't appear to be a hoax — the company appears to genuinely want to do this — it is also far from becoming an actual service. The idea is still very much in the "research and development phase," and has to clear a lot of regulatory and technological hurdles before it could become a reality. So the anticipated 2014 rollout of the service looks to be very optimistic.
Categories: Technology
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 21, 2013
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