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Wind Tunnel for Birds

Hemos posted more than 12 years ago | from the flying-through-the-tunnel dept.

Science 126

bgood writes "'What, a swallow, carrying a coconut? ...' The Department of Animal Ecology at the University of Lund in Sweden uses a modern low-speed wind tunnel specially crafted for bird experiments. The birds are trained to fly in the 'test-section' and the tunnel can be tilted up or down to simulate ascent and descent. This link contains plenty of detail, complete with bird pictures. For those of you who yearn to build your own (non-bird-compliant) wind tunnel, you can find instructions in this Scientific American article."

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Smart Birds? (1)

ajiva (156759) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550224)

I'd imagine that the birds would eventually figure out that they can just glide and not have to flap their wings? I mean isn't that what airplanes do?

Re:Smart Birds? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550239)

Well, evidentally you imagined wrong, retard!

Re:Smart Birds? (2, Informative)

mutende (13564) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550267)

I'd imagine that the birds would eventually figure out that they can just glide and not have to flap their wings? I mean isn't that what airplanes do?

Only if the bird flies ``downhill''. A quote from the page:

The experimenter can control the wind speed and set it to a speed appropriate for the bird species in question. He can also tilt the whole tunnel, so that the wind is inclined upwards or downwards, relative to the horizontal (+8 to -6 degrees). If the wind is inclined upwards, the bird is effectively flying "downhill". If the angle is steep enough, the bird can glide without flapping its wings.

Re:Smart Birds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550346)

I'd also imagine, that the birds would eventually figure out speech, natural language, real number theory and finally Godel's incompleteness theorum, and dissapear up their own arses.

My own wind tunnel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550350)

I'd like to have my own wind tunnel, please.

Can anyone here help? I feel so incomplete without a one.

2nd (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550230)

we want more Heather

Imagine (-1)

Klerck (213193) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550231)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these shoved up your ass sideways

Re:Imagine (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550497)

NOT SIDEWAYS!!!! anyway but SIDEwaYS!!!

horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550236)

I don't find animal cruelty that cool.

Re:horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550246)

We should slashdot the site.

Re:horrible (-1)

Trollificus (253741) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550257)

It's funny because these videos I took of my friend beating his dog with a lead pipe were pretty hilarious.

Re:horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550301)

even better.. two cats and some electric shocks...weeee

Re:horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550331)

Putting a cat in a bag and smashing it hard against a concrete wall until the little bastard goes silent is also great fun!

Re:horrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550389)

how about sticking an explosive up its ass and kicking it up and watching it explode in mid air. The only problem is getting splattered with all teh little kitty pieces.

Re:horrible (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550519)

get an umbrella. check out

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Re:horrible (4, Insightful)

pacc (163090) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550516)

It's not horrible, the scientists using it said that they haven't even let a bird fly more tahn two days in a row, because they had to go home and sleep themselves. (Feature on Swedish Television "Nova")

In context, they didn't even get close to the birds limits flying 3000 km without stop in 3 days, with species reaching over 10000 km.

The bird themselves flies these distances in the wild and would have suffered more if held in captivity withouth the chance to get rid of the summer fat.
In the spring they are released again in their natural environment.

What interest the scientists is how the birds can manage to eat its own weight in a single day, and be able to use that energy to build up muscles extremely fast, and then use it up during the flight.

Some reference in Swedish [publik.svt.se]

My own wind tunnel (0)

PigeonGB (515576) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550240)

What would I use it for?
I suppose if anything it would be cool to see how paper airplanes and mini-kites work before building larger versions of them, and I could model my own planes, I could see how those work too.
Sounds like a fun project, if I had the time and resources.

Re:My own wind tunnel (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550381)

Every human comes with its own wind tunnel, but needs fuel [accessente...ment.co.uk] and good ventilation.

Our tax paying dollars at work. (0, Flamebait)

zendal (465023) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550241)

Well, It seems like a bunch of scientists have got drunk and high, and decided a new way to have fun watching birds trying to fly at high speed winds. In the meanwhile making it look like scientific research. Most major science discoveries were caused by scientists being high. The names of the subatomic particles for instance so the may actually be on to something, or they are just having fun.

Re:Our tax paying dollars at work. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550382)

These guys are Swedish, so they are not exactly your tax dollars at work.

Stuff that matters? (1, Funny)

corebreech (469871) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550243)

When other guys are domesticated and get assigned to put the birdhouse in the backyard it's a 20-minute trip to Home Depot and 5 minutes hammering the thing to a tree.

Re:Stuff that matters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550475)

For me its about 5 minutes going to Home Depot (I speed) and about 20 minutes nailing (cause they get all bent up on me).

007 Bird Agent (3, Informative)

TilRock (196653) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550245)

This could prove to be very useful in figuring out how to build a flying robot that mimics a real bird. You could fly one of these things behind enemy lines, undetected, and spy on damn near anything you want as close as you want. Pretty far off in the future yet but a definate possibility.

Re:007 Bird Agent (1)

WzDD (23061) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550369)

Well yes, but it couldn't transmit radio waves because that's damn easy to detect, so it'd have to be autonomous, or its controllers would have to be really good at controlling something that can't give any feedback. Plus it'd have to be about the same body temperature as a bird, because that's also damn easy to detect. Plus it'd be highly suspicious if it got inside anywhere and did anything except look like it was trying to get out. There are much easier ways to spy on people when they're wandering around outside, such as satellites.

Re:007 Bird Agent (1)

mgv (198488) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550507)

Well yes, but it couldn't transmit radio waves because that's damn easy to detect,

Actually, spread spectrum technology makes it quite hard to detect transmissions. (To the best of my knowledge).

Michael

Re:007 Bird Agent (1)

perky (106880) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550613)

1. It wouldn't be diffivult to make it body temp

2. It wouldn't really matter if it weren't because your average army camp isn't pointing an IR canera at everything that moves to see whether it is hot or not.

3. The most probably use of this kind of thing would be to set it off from a position fairly close to the target. ait for it to have a quick look around and feed video back etc. Then return to SAS type people who set it off. They then know what's going on and are better prepared to make their move.

Re:007 Bird Agent (3, Funny)

dimator (71399) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550371)

Such a device would be terrible for living birds. Can you imagine an enemy camp shooting every flying bird that comes close with a bazooka for fear of one of these devices?

If you can make a bird "spy" thingy, then you could make it into other animals too, and soon the baddies would literally be shooting anything that moves.

Re:007 Bird Agent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550511)

Here is an article on using animals as agents.

http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xm l= /news/2001/11/04/wcia04.xml

Re:007 Bird Agent (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550514)

dont forget to erase the space in the middle of the url and any at the end. sorry, i dont know how to make a clickable link. anyway, the article is about how cats were used by the cia during the cold war to spy on the russians.

Re:007 Bird Agent (2)

Kerg (71582) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550771)

Or...

You could build an army of nano robots that look like ants. Those little critters can get anywhere. You could hide a whole bunch of them in bin Laden's beard.

Re:007 Bird Agent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550800)

You mean like this???

http://amber.aae.uiuc.edu/~m-selig/movies/launch .m pg

Hehe (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550248)

It would be fun to crank the sucker up and watch the birds struggle and eventually give up and get blown and smashed into the back of the tube, quacking or chirping frantically.

Or, even better, turn the fan on in reverse and watch them try to waddle and hop against the suction.. slowly getting stronger.. and stronger.. the bird finally can hold no more and WOOSH BZZZZZZZT SPLUT bird guts EVERYWHERE! Whoopsie!

MOD UP!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550254)

I'm sure there would be at least some scientific use for these experiments.

Re:Hehe (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550308)

Damn thats funny. Whoopsie though? Are we a chocolate snuffler by any chance?

Re:Hehe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550480)

This was the funniest post in the whole discussion so far! Don't let the humorless moderators get you down...

great (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550250)

I'm going to vomit before I go to bed now.
Thank you Slashdot [slashdot.org]!

Monty Python (0, Offtopic)

headkase (533448) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550252)

What, a swallow, carrying a coconut?
Now as long as we don't run into the Knights that say Ni.

Why Tilt the Whole Thing? (2)

dragons_flight (515217) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550260)

I can understand wanting different angles of flight, but why do you have to tilt the whole aparatus? It would seem that being able to tilt the whole wind tunnel would be a rather difficult (ie expensive) engineering constraint.

Is there a good reason you couldn't work out some sort of flexible tubing or other solution so that part of the tunnel could be bent appropriately without moving the whole thing? Would the effect on the air flow be so disruptive that you couldn't correct for it?

Re:Why Tilt the Whole Thing? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550289)

The problem may be that you always want the wind to be travelling parallel to the sides of the tunnel. If it is not, then you will set up turbulene due to the wind bouncing off the sides.

So, changing wind direction may actually make it a much more complicated environment w.r.t the bird.

Re:Why Tilt the Whole Thing? (1)

Orion2 (200288) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550561)

Think about gravity. Flying uphill means that the gravity is not pulling at a 90 angle to the winds direction. This is true for the real world as well as for flying in a wind tunnel. Since you can't change the angle of attack of gravity (or not easily), you need to turn the tunnel.

Re:Why Tilt the Whole Thing? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550631)

Angle of attack w.r.t gravity doesn't really enter into it. The "angle between" gravity and the wind is independent of the mechanism by which the wind is generated.

Consider the following:
1) Tilting the tunnel at 45 degrees
2) Generating wind at a 45 degree angle within the tunnel using a moveable source.

There are 2 frames of reference - inside the tunnel and outside the tunnel.

The angle that the wind is blowing is constant w.r.t the outside of the tunnel. Therefore in both cases the angle between gravity and the wind is the same. The angle between the wind and the tunnel, however, is different. I suspect that this may be the main rational between the approach to changing the angle of attack.

(Or, I could be on crack. :-) )

Sorry but... (1)

Slur (61510) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550262)

...this thing is for the birds!

WARNING: KARMA WHORE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550264)

This shit had better not get modded up to "+5 funny"

Re:Sorry but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550279)

I hate you. I just had to spend 5 minutes cleaning vomit out of my keyboard.

Is there no barrier too low for the comedic geniuses of Slashdot to fall beneath?

Re:My Itchy but... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550373)

>I've got a large amount of itching powder rammed up my ass, causing inflamation, swelling and discomfort.
> Can anyone recommend a good cream or soothing balm?
Well, you'll get modded -1, Offtopic for this, but since its obviously causing you so much pain:

Try canesten combi [pharmj.com] or Anusol [academyhealth.com].
I prefer the second one, because the names funnier.

Happy rubbing!

Re:My Itchy but... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550513)

get gold bond, its not just for creepy old people anymore!

Outdated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550263)

Wow, this is really outdated. The page
was written in 1997 and hasn't been modified
since early 1998. Go Slashdot.

Eagles (2, Interesting)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550265)


One of the most interesting things I ever saw in a nature flick was a clip of an eagle grabing a big fish out of a lake. The fish was so big that the eagle was only able to gain altitude very slowly.

But the interesting thing was the way the eagle handled the fish. It came up from the water with the fish turned sideways in its two feet, but over a period of several seconds it shuffled its grip on the fish and turned it pointing forwards, the way a fish swims in the water -- presumably to reduce the aerodynamic drag on it.

Re:Eagles (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550269)

wow. who gives a shit?

Re:Eagles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550284)

not u?

Re:Eagles (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550294)

Kill all white people!

You're either with us or against us.

Re:Eagles (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550307)

w/o us whities, who would pay your salary?

Re:Eagles (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550338)

There will be no need for money.

Re:Eagles (2)

nomadic (141991) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550435)

Sometimes birds miscalculate; ospreys have been known to dive into the lake, grab a fish, then have it drag them under. Then fisherman catch the fish and wonder why there's remnants of a bird skeleton embedded in the fish...

Imagine a beowulf cluster of those things (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550300)

I have no idea why someone would want one, but just imagine...

Compliance (3, Funny)

Engelbot (24601) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550313)

Well, *my* wind tunnel is 100% OpenSwallow 2001 compliant, and supports remote control through /dev/windtunnel. :-)

Re:Compliance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550342)

Man, you gonna get modded down -1, Troll for mentioning swallow.

Re:Compliance (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550449)

Who needs Compliance?

It's all in the Start Menu for me..

Fuck the /dev/linuxisdying shit!

Wow (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550316)

This site is fucking gay.

Score -1 Redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550335)

i think most everyone figured this out serveral years ago.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550416)

Oh yeah?

And just what exactly is wrong with being "fucking gay"?

MRI (3, Interesting)

threaded (89367) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550323)

This method only displays the surface information.

If they could fix up an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine they could also get information on muscle use and blood flow.

Now that would be neat.

Re:MRI (1)

perky (106880) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550632)

If they could fix up an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine they could also get information on muscle use and blood flow.


No they couldn't. An MRI scan requires that the part to be scanned is in the exact centre of the magnet that surrounds the bore. It also requires that the sftware that combines all of the sectional images into a 2-D slice and then a 3-D image know exactly where each image was taken from. For a flying bird exact position is variable and unpredictable. In orther words you are talking rubbish.
p>

Re:MRI (1)

Eevee (535658) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550688)

I'm sorry to say that your comments are wrong.

An MRI scan requires that the part to be scanned is in the exact centre of the magnet that surrounds the bore.

If you read the article, the birds do stay in an essentially stationary location. Particularly for smaller birds, even the wingtips would stay inside the zone covered by a normal MRI done on a human torso.

It also requires that the sftware that combines all of the sectional images into a 2-D slice and then a 3-D image know exactly where each image was taken from.

Well, the article states they are already creating 3D images of the bird via high-speed cameras.

Instead, I would focus on speed (Can the MRI slices be taken fast enough to image an entire bird multiple times a second? Seems unlikely with the current generation of equipment), accuracy (Can the imaging be matched up to a sufficent degree of accuracy to the MRI results), or costs versus benefits (MRIs are still rather expensive.) as reasons for not persuing the MRI concept.

Seen something simliar before (0)

Solokron (198043) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550326)

I remember seeing something similiar to this before on Discovery or The Learning Channel. Anyone else see that?

Re:Seen something simliar before (-1)

Genghis Troll (158585) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550359)

Yea, I saw something just like this, except it was a big, fat, black dude fist-fucking this druggie-looking white chick in the ass and then shitting on her face. She smeared the shit all over her body, then starting retching uncontrollably, then the black guy started kicking her in the ribs. There was no windtunnel, but there was a fan in the window, and I think there was a bird there at some point. I forget which channel it was on, though.

Fucking troll. Why don't you bloat a goat! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550434)

I dare you to bloat your goat [bloatedgoat.com]!

Re:Seen something simliar before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550502)

that must be the hardwired video connection to my apartment. sorry for the abtrosities you have witnessed and if you enjoyed it....well, wait until tomorrow!

OT - Chelsea Clinton (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550332)

Interesting story over at CCN [cnn.com]. Seems that the young Ms. Clinton is over in the UK at Oxford University. Shes having a bit of a hard time with anti-american feeling, and only wants to be around yanks.

The final bit:

>Chelsea Clinton is studying for a Masters degree in international relations.

made me piss myself. As a side note, I hate the yanks, I much prefer a long, slow wank.

Re:OT - Chelsea Clinton (-1)

Genghis Troll (158585) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550366)

Chelsea Clinton is well-known for the extreme tinyness of her pussy. Since nobody in the US has a dick small enough to penetrate without killing her, she naturally went to the UK in the hopes of getting some. She's also homely as all hell, but probably one of the five best looking women in the UK, which will improve her chances.

Re:OT - Chelsea Clinton (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550503)

jesus it's tough being american. well not really. but fuck, england, you assholes are supposed to be our immediate family. (no, no cheap america is the colonies and england is our 51st state jokes)

i love how brits love america until it becomes unhip and suddenly they are all euro-sophiticated again. you know who started all this anti-american sentiment? the french. enjoy them then, hang with the french, it's not my fault that entire villages of french women raped my dad and his friends after the liberation of paris. sure the english were there, but the french have hated the english since they stopped flinging shit at each other and climbed down off those trees.

we offer you this: canadians. the only north americans that can be embraced as fuzzy and warm. they are useless and effect nothing. so what's to hate?

look, enjoy the canadians. fuck you if you don't like us. you know how often great britain enters daily conversation in america. seldom. very very seldom. unless you off another problem ex-princess.

Re:OT - Chelsea Clinton (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550451)

Chelsea is one hot girly-girl!

However, if she can't handle anti-American feelings perhaps she shouldn't be considering a career in international relations.

Re:OT - Chelsea Clinton (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550493)

holy leaping fuck, that is some intense detective work there cock-face. what a hero of deductive reasoning you are!

chelsea is a hag with a fine ass. if she wasnt from the highest strata of afluance (i.e. rubbing infant gland extract all over her freckly mishapen inbred southern face) she would be a white trash poster girl.

though i would fuck her until the friction started the bed on fire.

Excellent (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550334)

Now I can finally test my penis in a wind tunnel and find out how to maximize its fucking potential.

Re:Excellent (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550471)

How the fuck can this offtopic??? Its about wind tunnels, its about birds (if you have a sexual desire for them) and it should be modded funnny.

Taco-Snotting F.A.Q. (-1)

The WIPO Troll (267426) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550360)

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By The WIPO Troll

What is "Taco-snotting?"

"Taco-snotting" is a term used by Rob Malda of Slashdot, otherwise known as CmdrTaco, to refer to the practice of sucking off a homosexual man (or unwilling heterosexual) and blowing the semen back out his nose onto the other man's face or body. Usually a long stream of semen is left on CmdrTaco's face, dribbling out of his nose: hence the term, "Taco-snotting."
Have you ever been Taco-Snotted?
Unfortunately, yes. I met CmdrTaco at an
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CmdrTaco invited several of his Open Source convention (or rather, Open Sauce convention -- man sauce) buddies over to continue the snotfest. Linux Torvalds raped my ass with his monolithic kernel, and Anal Cox used his network stack in various unspeakable ways on every orifice in my body.

How did I finally escape? After about 16 hours of nonstop homosexual atrocities, they all went to sleep. I was left there, covered in jizz-snot, chained to the bed. Fortunately the cum worked wonderfully as a lubricant and I was able to squirm my way out of the handcuffs and slip out the back door. I'm just glad I survived the ordeal. These geeks had a lot of built-up spunk in their wads, I could've easily been drowned.

Why am I always receiving emails from CmdrTaco asking me if I would allow him to Taco-snot me?
You may have recently received an email similar to the following:
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To: wipotroll@hotmail.com
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CmdrTaco has probably already got the hots for your wad, and there's no escaping a geek in heat, so it's probably too late... but you can possibly rectify this situation. To remove yourself from the listings, log into your Slashdot account, go to your user page, click on Messages, and uncheck the box next to "Willing to Taco-snot."

I can't stop receiving these emails from CmdrTaco!?
Probably not. If you indulge him in a Taco-snot or two, he might leave you alone. You might also want to look into mail filtering, or purchasing a heavy, blunt object to ward off rampaging homosexual geeks in heat. Trust me, when they charge... oh, the humanity. If he gets you, and you let him Taco-snot you, he might chain you up in his basement and use you as his sex slave for the rest of your life -- or until he accidentally drowns you in spunk while using you as his sex pony in a "circle-snot." It very nearly happened to me.
What is a "Circle-snot"?
A "circle-snot" is a
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To complete the circle, Michael, Timothy, and Jamie sometimes join in, dressed in Nazi Gestapo uniforms, jack boots, and leather gloves. They all then proceed to snot each other's cum and whip each other's asses with riding crops and cattleprods until their pasty, white geek bodies are exhausted from all the passionate, homosexual revelry.

Does Jon Katz get involved in this? I thought he was a paedophile, not a homosexual.
Actually, he's a homosexual paedophile. He's also a coprophiliac, and a zoophile. Jon Katz is somewhat of a loner and doesn't involve himself in circle-snots. Mr. Katz usually engages in a game called "Katz juicy-douching" with his harem of little boys, which involves administering an enema to himself of little-boy urine, spooging the vile muck from his ass back into the enema bag, then slathering the goo all over himself, and the little boy's chained up and naked bodies. Unwilling boys are tortured with pliers until they comply and allow Mr. Katz to juicy-douche them for the rest of their lives.
As I already said, Mr. Katz is also a zoophile. As if the sexual escapades with the helpless little boys aren't enough, Jon usually enjoys his juicy-douches best when his penis is firmly planted in a goat's anus. He is also rumoured to get off on watching his little boys eat the goat's small, bean-like turds.
...Are you getting hard writing this?
Why, yes. :) Join me in a WIPO-snot? I promise I won't try and rape you, chain you up in my basement, and make you my pony for the rest of your life. I'm not like CmdrTaco; I only enjoy snotting on willing partners.
What's that screaming I hear coming from your basement?
Oh, that's just my sister; I got her chained up in the basement. In fact, I just finished snotting all over her body. You should see her squirm when I spooge on her belly, lick it up, and snot it all over her face. She's such a feisty little 14 year-old bitch. Of course she's my sex slave, she's my
sister. What else would she be good for? ...So, join me in a WIPO-snot?
No, thanks. I'm already CmdrTaco's boi toi.

$Id: tacosnotting.txt,v 1.4 2001/11/11 02:00:45 wipo Exp $

What, no benchmarks? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550364)

And all this time, I was hoping to see the effect it has on rfc1149 throughput.

A better test: (1)

x136 (513282) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550380)

Hurricane Force Wind And Its Affect On Bird Flight.

Crank that sucker up to 150MPH or so and see how well the bird can fly. :)

An 'excercise bike' for homing pigeons (2, Funny)

DABANSHEE (154661) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550385)

I wonder if people racing pigeons will buy these for pigeon training.

Bird research / deformable flying surfaces (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550393)

A man goes to visit his doctor,

"Doc, I've got a rather embarassing problem, my farts just don't sound right,"

"Well how do they sound?" enquires the doctor.

"They make a HONDA sound"

The doctor looks puzzled, "Hmm, is there anything else I should know?"

"Well I also have a terrible boil on my arse," replies the man

The doctor looks pleased, "Thats it then. We'll lance that boil and you'll see a difference immediately,"

"Why's that then, Doc?" asks the man

"It's well known," laughs the Doctor, "Abscess makes the fart go Honda."

Improvements in man-made wings possible? (2)

imrdkl (302224) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550489)

The article discusses the design and history of the wind-tunnel at length. They seem pretty proud of it. Thats cool. They also talk about trying to learn about how much energy is used by migratory birds on long flights. Thats also cool. I guess (IANABiologist) that the distance that some species, like the albatross, fly without food is pretty amazing.

Whats interesting for me tho, is what can be learned about wing design from these birds. I don't know if a wing that really "flaps" could ever be used, but surely there must be some good "science" in the flow patterns which can be observed from a large wing in a "glide" setting. Although I doubt the tunnel is big enough for an albatross...

Anyways, interesting science from the Swedes.

A message for all you geeks and all you ass homos (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550495)

I was wonder what was the best way to drive up your guy's asses? If you'd tell me I'd really appreciate it.

I mean whats the deal here, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of geeks here talking about birds and windtunnels. Could it really get more pathetic. I hope you all choke on a fucking bottlecap or get hit by a fucking bus on your way home from where ever it is your geeks work. That is if you geeks have ever even seen the outside of your house since you were drove home from the hospital when you were born. Unless your mother was a whore and you were born in the toilet of a lesbian bar somewhere in Kentucky.

Thanks people, its great that I have a way to express myself.

One experiment goes horribly wrong... (3, Funny)

Crag (18776) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550505)

Scientist #1: OH MY GOD! The tunnel is coming apart!

Scientist #2: DUCK!

Re:One experiment goes horribly wrong... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550573)

Sorry you didn't get any karma from that.. at least *I* thought it was funny :-)

MOD THIS FUCKER UP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550522)

What is "Taco-snotting?"
"Taco-snotting" is a term used by Rob Malda of Slashdot, otherwise known as CmdrTaco, to refer to the practice of sucking off a homosexual man (or unwilling heterosexual) and blowing the semen back out his nose onto the other man's face or body. Usually a long stream of semen is left on CmdrTaco's face, dribbling out of his nose: hence the term, "Taco-snotting."
Have you ever been Taco-Snotted?
Unfortunately, yes. I met CmdrTaco at an Open Source convention and he invited me back to his room for a game of Quake. When I got to his room, he jumped me and tied me to his bed, naked. He Taco-snotted me three times over the next two hours, sucking me to orgasm then snotting my semen onto my face, in my mouth, then again on my belly.

CmdrTaco invited several of his Open Source convention (or rather, Open Sauce convention -- man sauce) buddies over to continue the snotfest. Linux Torvalds raped my ass with his monolithic kernel, and Anal Cox used his network stack in various unspeakable ways on every orifice in my body.

How did I finally escape? After about 16 hours of nonstop homosexual atrocities, they all went to sleep. I was left there, covered in jizz-snot, chained to the bed. Fortunately the cum worked wonderfully as a lubricant and I was able to squirm my way out of the handcuffs and slip out the back door. I'm just glad I survived the ordeal. These geeks had a lot of built-up spunk in their wads, I could've easily been drowned.
Why am I always receiving emails from CmdrTaco asking me if I would allow him to Taco-snot me?
You may have recently received an email similar to the following:

From: malda@slashdot.org
To: wipotroll@hotmail.com
Subject: Hey, baby - jion me in a taco-snott! :)
Hey, baby!
Ever done a Taco-snotting with anothar fellow geek? Its more fun then trolling Slashdot, trust me! All that talk you troll with about homasexual incest and stuff got me all horny and hot for you! Is it serius? Please tell me that itt is! If you want to get with me and my Slashdot bois, drop me an emale!
ps- Please replie to me at horny_rob_6969@hotmail.com. I'd rather the guys at VA Linux are not seen this. :) :)
--
CmdrTaco (malda@slashdot.org)
You most likely forgot to uncheck the "Willing to Taco-snot" checkbox in your preferences. Whenever CmdrTaco gets bored, he roams through the Slashdot database, penis in hand, looking for people who might enjoy being Taco-snotted. And this time, he found you. Lucky you.

CmdrTaco has probably already got the hots for your wad, and there's no escaping a geek in heat, so it's probably too late... but you can possibly rectify this situation. To remove yourself from the listings, log into your Slashdot account, go to your user page, click on Messages, and uncheck the box next to "Willing to Taco-snot."
I can't stop receiving these emails from CmdrTaco!?
Probably not. If you indulge him in a Taco-snot or two, he might leave you alone. You might also want to look into mail filtering, or purchasing a heavy, blunt object to ward off rampaging homosexual geeks in heat. Trust me, when they charge... oh, the humanity. If he gets you, and you let him Taco-snot you, he might chain you up in his basement and use you as his sex slave for the rest of your life -- or until he accidentally drowns you in spunk while using you as his sex pony in a "circle-snot." It very nearly happened to me.
What is a "Circle-snot"?
A "circle-snot" is a Taco-snotting circle-jerk: When CmdrTaco, CowboiKneel, and Homos get together and Taco-snot each other with their gooey, hot and sticky cum, spooging all over each other's faces and bodies until they're covered with their sticky, sweet man juice. Roblowme usually provides extra lubricant; he owns a limo service and has ample supplies of motor oil and axle grease.

To complete the circle, Michael, Timothy, and Jamie sometimes join in, dressed in Nazi Gestapo uniforms, jack boots, and leather gloves. They all then proceed to snot each other's cum and whip each other's asses with riding crops and cattleprods until their pasty, white geek bodies are exhausted from all the passionate, homosexual revelry.
Does Jon Katz get involved in this? I thought he was a paedophile, not a homosexual.
Actually, he's a homosexual paedophile. He's also a coprophiliac, and a zoophile. Jon Katz is somewhat of a loner and doesn't involve himself in circle-snots. Mr. Katz usually engages in a game called "Katz juicy-douching" with his harem of little boys, which involves administering an enema to himself of little-boy urine, spooging the vile muck from his ass back into the enema bag, then slathering the goo all over himself, and the little boy's chained up and naked bodies. Unwilling boys are tortured with pliers until they comply and allow Mr. Katz to juicy-douche them for the rest of their lives.
As I already said, Mr. Katz is also a zoophile. As if the sexual escapades with the helpless little boys aren't enough, Jon usually enjoys his juicy-douches best when his penis is firmly planted in a goat's anus. He is also rumoured to get off on watching his little boys eat the goat's small, bean-like turds.
...Are you getting hard writing this?
Why, yes. :) Join me in a WIPO-snot? I promise I won't try and rape you, chain you up in my basement, and make you my pony for the rest of your life. I'm not like CmdrTaco; I only enjoy snotting on willing partners.
What's that screaming I hear coming from your basement?
Oh, that's just my sister; I got her chained up in the basement. In fact, I just finished snotting all over her body. You should see her squirm when I spooge on her belly, lick it up, and snot it all over her face. She's such a feisty little 14 year-old bitch. Of course she's my sex slave, she's my sister. What else would she be good for? ...So, join me in a WIPO-snot?
No, thanks. I'm already CmdrTaco's boi toi.

he never never ever gets the pussy (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2550525)

ain't that right cmrdtaco. you call yourself taco cause your a hooded wrap and micheal fucks you constantly. don't think i dont know whats going on. i am on to you......and i want in buddy. how bout and tacosnort!

I've seen worse (2, Informative)

candyuk (535795) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550532)

Loughborough University Physics Department received a grant of £250K (about $400K) to investigate the aerodynamics of Toast, and to find out why toast lands butter side down no matter what height you drop it from. Hey investigating bird flight with a wind tunnel sounds quite good.

The greates contribution to mankind will be.. (2, Funny)

marcelk (224477) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550544)

Given that this machine recycles its
airflow, it provides a good training
for these birds not to shit during flight.

science of flight book (2)

danny (2658) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550550)

A nice popular work on flight is Hank Teneke's The Simple Science of Flight [dannyreviews.com] . One thing I particularly liked about this is that it treats birds (and insects) alongside aircraft.

Danny.

Kinda Cruel (1)

Raven42rac (448205) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550612)

This is kind of cruel if you think about it, birds pretending to fly, this is kind of like putting a dog on a treadmill and making it walk itself. Maybe it's me but i think that maybe this experiment would work better in the birds natural habitat, because numerous studies have proven time and time again that animals act really funny when placed in captivity. So any data collected would be most likely completely useless.

OH great! (2, Funny)

G00F (241765) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550659)

Something else my bird will want for christmass! Everyear fancier toys, and new ways to advertise it. . . .

Our greatest weapon... (2)

neema (170845) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550676)

Don't be fooled! This is all weapon research to be used on the "War against Terrorism". The bird cannon will devastate millions!

Wait a minute (0)

LighthouseJ (453757) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550682)

Can anyone let me know how exactly a bird in a wind tunnel is considered "new and exciting technology" or "something nerds will like hearing about"? What, have some birds lost the ability to fly and we need to figure out why?</rhyme> I've submitted far more interesting stories than this and they got rejected.

What about the noise? (1)

pvera (250260) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550684)

Wind tunnels are really loud no matter the size or speed. Back in my fluid mechanics lab I hated the damn thing because it was nearly impossible to talk to each other, and we ended up wearining hearing protection thru most of the time we spent in there. Don't you think that noise would be dangerous to the animals?

Re:What about the noise? (3, Informative)

Knobby (71829) | more than 12 years ago | (#2550806)

Uhm.. Not all tunnels are loud. I imagine this tunnel is only running at 10-20mph.. At those speeds the aeroaccoustic noise should be very minimal (Noise is proportional to Velocity^4).. Assuming the motor is sized correctly, well balanced, and turning an aerodynamically clean fan, the noise levels should be very small in the test section..

I'm actually surprised they decided to use a closed loop facility for a study like this. The cost of a closed loop facility is roughly 2.5 times the cost of an open loop facility (all those turning vanes should be airfoils) and there are air exchange issues to deal with..

interesting project though.

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