What is an Emu?
August 2, 2002 3:39 AM   Subscribe

What is an Emu?

A source of Food?

An Australian Airline with a since of humor?

A source of an oil with many uses?

Yes, yes and yes. But perhaps more importantly, as today is Friday, you might want to skip the above links and see what happens when you cross an Emu, Flash and the Arcade classic Moon Lander:

Here's some Friday Flash goodness, the Emu*Lander "because Emus can't fly."

[Ignore the rabbit meme, land the EMU.]
posted by DBAPaul (9 comments total)
rabit meme
posted by DBAPaul at 3:42 AM on August 2, 2002

Emus are cool as shit. They look like big haystacks with legs. There is an emu farm by my in-laws house in Middletown, NJ...they raise emus there for emu jerky, no shit. Here's one from the Philadelphia Zoo.
posted by adampsyche at 3:59 AM on August 2, 2002

I think the intro graphics are better than the gameplay.
posted by crayfish at 5:00 AM on August 2, 2002

Do you think you could try to take up a little less screen space on the front page of Metafilter next time? Thanks!
posted by engelr at 5:34 AM on August 2, 2002

Good stuff, DBAPaul. Excellent links all around and a rather cool retro game. Thanks.
posted by shagoth at 6:34 AM on August 2, 2002

I'm with crayfish on the gameplay. For giant flightless birds, they certainly didn't seem to have trouble generating lift.

So, I went looking for something better in the way of Emu Emulation, but gluing the feathers on it looked like too much work. Then I discovered that there's an even better way to get an emu to emulate lunar lander (not to mention Tempest and Red Baron).
posted by ursus_comiter at 7:14 AM on August 2, 2002

A few years ago, emus were a Texas-sized scam.
posted by gimonca at 7:23 AM on August 2, 2002

I have children, so when I hear the word Emu, I automatically think of this (click on "Move Like an Emu"). The Wiggles rock!
posted by internal at 8:10 AM on August 2, 2002

One of the emus at Audobon Zoo in New Orleans, shot by yours truly. It didn't seem very happy that I was taking a picture while it tried to sleep.

Cool game. It took me a while to get the landing right.
posted by me3dia at 8:40 AM on August 2, 2002

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