Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Nazi dogs and the danger of navigation systems

Have you heard about the German man who taught his dog to hold up its right paw in a Hitler salute? That's right, at his command, the dog would hold out its paw while he yelled "Seig Heil!" Apparently (and thankfully) that sort of thing is illegal in Germany. He was charged with "using symbols of unconstitutional organisations" and could get three years. At least he didn't shave the dog's head or teach the dog to goose-step. The dog will be sent to a pet shelter, which I think is a shame. It was only following orders. Maybe in prison, someone will teach the owner some tricks...

And for those who look forward to the day when we all have computer-controlled cars that drive us around, talk to the Bavarian tourist whose car had an onboard navigation system. He decided to follow his system exclusively because he didn't know the city. Seemed like a good idea until it malfunctioned and sent him straight into a supermarket, and I mean that literally. He was so focused on the machine that he didn't notice until he plowed through the front doors and hit a rack of shelves. I'll bet just before the crash, he was yelling, "Jane, stop this crazy thing!" This is why I'm glad Microsoft doesn't build cars.
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