September 17, 2001
7:37 PM   Subscribe

Who else thinks we could use some of these now.
Seems a shame they're not quite ready to help with this disaster.
" crawling through earthquake rubble to search for victims..."
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger (11 comments total)

You win.

Strangest thing I've seen today.
posted by ColdChef at 7:41 PM on September 17, 2001

Wasn't there a similar thing in the movie The Fifth Element. I have a picture in my head of Tricky playing with a remote-controlled roach with a camera on its back...
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger at 7:44 PM on September 17, 2001

You know, I know it's just a bug. But damn, that's pretty creepy.
posted by QrysDonnell at 7:50 PM on September 17, 2001

Kinda' leads to a John-Malkovitchian existence for the roach, doesn't it? The roach wants to do one thing, but the controller another. Very creepy.
posted by nathan_teske at 7:55 PM on September 17, 2001

eeeewwwwww ew ew ew... ew.. ew. (Yes.. thats what I actually said.. when I saw it..)
posted by KimmishKim at 8:02 PM on September 17, 2001

i wonder if PETA will pick this up?
posted by designflea at 8:04 PM on September 17, 2001

People for the Ethical treatment of Animals

This does seem cruel though...
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger at 8:07 PM on September 17, 2001

That type of roach technology was mentioned briefly in The Cockroach Papers, a book I recommend checking out of your local library. Gives some interesting insight on the roach and how society treats it.
posted by gluechunk at 8:07 PM on September 17, 2001

That is the coolest thing I've seen in a really long time. I've gotta get a whole troop of those critters to help out with this favorite activity.
posted by Dane at 8:10 PM on September 17, 2001

this quote is just... odd.

"They are a little bit smelly, and there's something about the way they move their antennae. But they look nicer when you put a little circuit on their backs and remove their wings." "
posted by smt at 9:24 PM on September 17, 2001

It just *seems* wrong to me. I used to torture insects when I was 8 years old... Who'd have thought you could grow up and do it as a profession?
posted by dawiz at 12:22 AM on September 18, 2001

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