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01 April 2013

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The beaver

April fool day :-)

blowback

The British militarized wombats back in 1950s for anti-tank purposes and they could defeat any Warsaw Pact armoured fighting vehicle of the era.

John Minnerath

They'd pass unnoticed through the high crime ridden aisles of Walmarts, and on slow days could do double duty as "Greeters". A win win situation.
I can foresee some anti discrimination suits by Koala Bears though.

Maureen Lang

The details regarding "our correspondent in Melbourne" sound suspiciously like a biographical article I read once on Errol Flynn. The actor was waxing rhapsodic about his early life to a reporter, "...well, old man, once when I was 20 and running slaves off the coast of New Guinea..." What a whale of a tall tale, thinks the reporter. I can't put this whopper in my article.

It turned out to be true. Flynn, who was born in Tasmania & an experienced seaman, had at age 20 owned a tobacco plantation in New Guinea run by slave labor.

Now, WHERE exactly was Walrus anchored off Bora Bora.....?

A merry April Fools Day to all.

oofda

Understand DARPA is doing research with armadillos to develop an armoured version of the solar powered wombat assassin.

Peter C

Due to the superior burrowing and tunneling capabilities of the Wombat, a battalion of the 1st Wombat Combat Brigade will be dispatched to the DMZ in Korea to send a clear message to the Norks that tunneling will not be tolerated.

turcopolier

maureen

I leave it to walrus to decide if he wishes to disclose the exact location. Bora Bora looks like a hell of a place. The name brings to mind the old San Miguel commercial, "I was standing on the beach at Bora Bora..." pl

John Minnerath

Not so much where he was anchored, but how many bottles of that great Australian beer were lined up on the gunnels.

Maureen Lang

Agreed. If he doesn't want to give out with the latitude/longitude, not a problem.

San Miguel Dark...Pop's favorite beer. Used to buy him a six pack from time to time when I went up to visit. Good addition to cooking pot roast & chili, too.

Grimgrin

Didn't they cut funding for US deployment of this technology with the rationale that the solar powered wombat assassin role would be served by the F-35?

DH

Cagey Aussies.

David Habakkuk

Of course, none of you will not have read reports of the controversy over the culling of badgers in the UK.

Information has reached me that David Cameron’s spin doctors have – as it were – uncovered a solution.

Badgers are to be offered an amnesty, so long as they volunteer to be ‘suicide badgers’.

As such, they can replace British troops in Afghanistan, who the spin doctors want to get back home as soon as possible – insofar as this is compatible with refusing to admit that the war was a SNAFU from the word go.

In addition, the spin doctors are very worried about Obama’s enthusiasm for drone strikes – which are not very popular over here.

They are toying with the idea of offering the ‘suicide badger’ as an alternative to drones.

Fred

Looks like we are still safe at night.

Jose

We AMERICANS can DO BETTER!!!!

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57401929-1/robotic-jellyfish-for-u.s-navy-powers-itself-with-seawater/

http://techland.time.com/2013/03/29/watch-robotic-jellyfish-cyro-could-work-for-navy-come-after-you/

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-heb-robotic-jellyfish-cyro-navy-20130328,0,1772761.story

Tyler

But not a word on the importation of saltwater crocodiles to help patrol the border along the Rio Grande - more liberal media blackout.

I look forward to the Crocodilian Response Arrest Patrol.

Maureen Lang

I was thinking more of fishing coordinates, but what goes better with hauling in a few Wahoo than hoisting a few (name your favorite label).

walrus

Actually I was enjoying a fine Australian Cabernet Sauvignon a few months ago at the only Yacht CLub with its own secret military base when I saw my fist combat wombat.

The Defence Department uses the Swan Island base for testing these beasts because it was the only place these Wombats couldn't burrow out of to escape.

We saw several that managed to stray our way before being recaptured. You can see some of the cages if you use Google earth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_Island_%28Victoria%29

Earlier experiments with Claymore Kangaroos failed as the animals couldn't be reliably trained to face their pouch towards the enemy before detonation.

The Drop Bears (A species of carnivourous Koala) are already guarding the Northern rainforests.

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/drop-bears-prefer-travellers-says-study.htm

A merry day to all.

turcopolier

walrus

Be careful. Loose lips sink wombat swimmers. pl

Mark Logan

It would be unwise to reveal your location, Walrus. Flying monkeys are GPS equipped these days.

http://tinyurl.com/cxqadk6

oofda

Of course you all remember the British Army being accused of loosening man-eating badgers in Iraq. The accusations led UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer to make the memorable statement: "We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6295138.stm

markfromireland

Alas there are reports that our antipodean Odobenus rosmarus friend failed to look up and is now another drop bear victim behold I have proof :-).

http://images.wikia.com/uncyclopedia/images/e/e3/Government_Drop_Bear_Warning.jpg

Any kindly souls here are invited to send him several kegs of your best bourbon to aid him in his recovery.

mfi

PS: Happy April Fool's day.

JohnH

I had no idea that wombats had such an effective lobby--right up there with Ziocrazies!

But you have to admit that wombats are the ideal solution for fighting all those terrorist wallabys (Australian pronowciation for wannabees).

elkern

The man had good taste in beer! That's my favorite too (except on St Patricks's Day, when I splurge for the real thing).

elkern

... but they call it Wombat Day down under, I've heard, becuase they're spinning backwards & it's actually April 30th there now.

Anonymous

Torquemada is hard at work preparing a droneborne squad of solar-powered wombat killers for nominal-american termination. A hard task because there are particular constraints to the american scenario: the wombats must weight more than cambodian capitains, they have to be barn-crash-proof and be able to pass through packs of special-forces-trained Norwich Terriers, just to name a few. Poor Torquemada, his life is hell.

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