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Monkey smuggled onto passanger plane under man’s hat.

In Air travel, animals, Monkey, News, Odd News, Peru, Travel, US News, wild animals, World on August 8, 2007 at 10:01 pm

A load of monkey business I say. 

What that in your hat, sir?

Passengers onboard a United States domestic flight between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and New York’s LaGuardia airport must have been a little bit freaked out when they realized a man who they thought was flying alone, actually had a small cousin with him.

Media reports say,

That sometime during the flight north, passengers and crew spotted a very small and extremely cute Marmoset monkey emerge from under the mans hat (I’ll speculate that it was a Panama hat) and perche itself on the mans ponytail.

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Once caught with the little cutey, the man spent the rest of the flight with the pint sized New World monkey in his hands and lap.

After Flight 180 touched down, the man and monkey were met by authorities at the gate in New York. A spokesperson said he was not aware of what charges the man could face.

“We’ve contacted health officials, and man and monkey will be turned over to appropriate officials. He was never on the loose in the airport,” reporters were told.

The man and his little primate buddy began their journey in Peru’s capital Lima; it is not known how the pair eluded detection in Lima and during the man’s several-hour layover in Florida.

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Marmosets are of the order Callithrix, with at least 18 species of the money found worldwide. It is not clear what species of Marmoset was involved in the monkey in hat on plane incident.

In the wild they are highly active and eat a diet mainly of fruit, insects and leaves.

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Authorities in New York said the monkey appeared healthy and in a good condition. The U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention was planning to take it for disease testing and keep it quarantined for 31 days.

Marmoset’s are popular as pets in South America and are sold to people illegally all over the world for high prices, many species are also endangered due to human induced habitat loss.

Meanwhile, in other monkey business…

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A White-faced Capuchin who escaped from the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo in Mississippi, USA, has been recaptured.

The monkey, who has a history of daring escapades, was caught by a motorist after being on the run for almost a week. In the escape, Oliver the monkey led staff on a wild chase through the park’s trail system before eventually eluding them.

White-faced Capuchin’s are also known as the White-headed Capuchin, and are native to South America.

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About six years ago the monkey escaped and ran amok on the grounds of Tupelo Country Club.

The motorist who captured Oliver was rewarded with a weekend stay at a hotel, and offered a case of bananas, which was declined.

Marmoset’s chilling at the zoo.

UPDATE: Local New York News media are reporting that the monkey wasn’t actually a Marmoset, as fist reported, but a Spider Monkey!

That’s one of these little fellas….

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 See a local news, video report right here!

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NASA begins Flying Car contest, but one company says the future of air travel is here now.

In 21st century, Air travel, Flying Car, NASA, News, technology, Uncategorized, World on August 8, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Who said flying saucers were not from this world?

As NASA launches a US$2 million prize contest for a viable flying car or personal air vehicle (PAVs), a competition called the PAV Challenge, one company says it’s already light years ahead.

The US company called Moller International says it is ready to put a real flying saucer onto the market, so you and I can have a piece of the action.

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Inspired by 1960’s cartoon series, The Jetsons, the California-based company has just begun production on the initial six airframes of its M200G Volantor.

Meet George Jetson!

Apparently, the personal flying pod can glide three metres off the ground and carry two passengers. It is powered by eight of the company’s rotary engines and with a maximum flying hight of just 3 meters above the ground, the flying saucer is said to act similar to a hovercraft without the restrictions of a rough surface, and can even “glide over terrain at 50 MPH.”

There are even prototype plans in the works for high-rise rescue pod configurations, and pods that can be equipped with weapons for use in the military, with reports this month that the US Department of Defence is looking at purchasing at least some of the technology.

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 In the 1997 Sci-Fi/Action movie, The 5th Element, flying cars are the only way to get around…

The prototype has completed over two hundred flights with and without a pilot on board.

For safety, air-bags surround occupants in the cockpit, while the vehicle’s on-board computer system ensures that it does not enter regulated airspace.

But is this the real deal?

The owner of Moller International, Canadian Dr Paul Moller, has been working to sell flying car style products for some 40 years, and while nobody really doubts that his vehicle is able to lift off in the air at least for a few moments, it takes up a lot of energy to get a fully stable and viable, Jetsons style pod to work for transportation.

The same man and company is, or was, behind the well documented Skycar. That made waves in the media back in 2003, but the buzz around that soon subsided when Dr Moller and his company was sued by the US Securities and Exchange commission, a lawsuit that was settled for US$50,000.

The Moller Skycar prototype. It’s noisy, unstable, and doesn’t go very far at all. Couldn’t even sell it on eBay.

As to date, the company has never bought a viable vehicle to market, but Moller insists that this flying pod is going to be different. But with a pricetag of at least US$90-$125,000, evidence of a potentially successful product is still to be seen, so I wouldn’t be holding my breath, just yet anyway.

However, NASA is optimistic about the future prospects of Jetsons style personal air travel, a future that some thought would be a reality today. A future where flying cars are as common as cars on the road.

A recent report predicts that up to 45% of all miles travelled in the future may be in PAVs.  The prediction accounts for the need to relieve the future congestion at metropolitan hub airports and the roads and freeways that surround them.

It would also reduce the need to build new highways and save much of the 6.8 billion gallons of fuel wasted in surface gridlock each year.

I’d just like to know who gets to drive these future air cars, and what traffic system is in place to stop deadly accidents. A problem you can bet a flying car future would bring, given the death and destruction the humble car has unleashed on the worlds roads in the last 100 years.

See video of the pod, should I say very dubious as there is a big crane pictured off to the side of the test field. I wonder what that could be for.

Also the video looks to have been taken some time in the 1980’s, maybe even longer ago than that.

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Sheep 1- Fox 0. Flock fights back as yellow bellied fox ends up in tree!

In 2007, animals, europe, Farm Animals, Farming, Fox in Tree, Germany, News, Odd News, Weird News, wild animals, World, World News on August 8, 2007 at 2:09 am

When a German fox wondered into a meadow looking for a nice meal, he got a hell of a lot more than he bargained for…

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With a juicy young lamb in his sights, Mr. Fox thought he was home sailing, but one of the rams in the field that day had other ideas.

The aggressive sheep, not interested in having one of the flock’s younger members doing a disappearing act, unexpectedly charged at the stunned fox, and hunter became hunted.

The fox took flight, literally, scuttling up a nearby tree where it remained for quite some time, before making a quick dash back to the den.

They don’t make them as tough as they used to be.

Source: Bild

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