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Here There Be Dragons

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the omg-unicorns dept.

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ThisNukes4u writes "The Economist reports that scientists in California are coming closer to creating real-life mythical animals. Basically, they re-create the natural selection process through a computer simulation and then clone the resulting set of DNA in a donor animal." From the article: "Each computer starts with a search image (dragon, unicorn, gryphon, etc), and the genome of the real animal most closely resembling it (a lizard for the dragon, a horse for the unicorn and, most taxingly, the spliced genomes of a lion and an eagle for the gryphon). The virtual genomes of these real animals are then tweaked by random electronic mutations. When they have matured, the virtual adults most closely resembling the targets are picked and cross-bred, while the others are culled."

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I Like Pickles!!! (5, Informative)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040679)

I Like Pickles!!!

Please mod me up to +5!!!!

Damn you, pickle smoker (1)

toadlife (301863) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040692)

I was gonna get my first first p...

Ode to an emission by MP Henry Ludlow in 1607 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040702)

Downe came grave auntient Sir John Crooke
And redd his message in his booke.
Fearie well, Quoth Sir William Morris, Soe:
But Henry Ludlowes Tayle cry'd Noe.
Up starts one fuller of devotion
Then Eloquence; and said a very ill motion
Not soe neither quoth Sir Henry Jenkin
The Motion was good; but for the stincking
Well quoth Sir Henry Poole it was a bold tricke
To Fart in the nose of the bodie pollitique

Re:I Like Pickles!!! (1, Redundant)

jouvart (915737) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040706)

Wow, April Fools sure is going to make metamoderators' jobs fun.

Re:I Like Pickles!!! (2, Interesting)

PapayaSF (721268) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040715)

Then you'll love the mysterious pickled dragon [smh.com.au] .

Re:I Like Pickles!!! (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040916)

No longer a mystery, tastes like chicken (*burp*).

Re:I Like Pickles!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040750)

So, is this article actually fake or not? I know it's April Fools Day now, but the date on the Economist article is "Mar 30th 2006"...

Re:I Like Pickles!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15041175)

If I had enough pickles I'd make you a pickle costume.

(moderators, I'd like to have +5, insigtful, tia~~

Re:I Like Pickles!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15041278)

You also like hating Jews, so why should anyone with actual morals want to mod you up!?

First P.... (2, Funny)

toadlife (301863) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040681)

...Hahahaha! Gotcha!

April Fools!

Re:First P.... (1)

m50d (797211) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041069)

OMG that's so totally clever!!!

LOL (0)

Red Samurai (893134) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040683)

I love it.

OMG!!!! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040686)

zomg i love dragons especially that brown one i hope they show him with hats to LOLOLOLOLOL!!!

Ok I gottta go now bye!!!

Finally a way to finish the collection (3, Funny)

buxtehude (965185) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040690)

Hey this is great, I can now finish off my lifesize Polly Pocket collection with a real life Unicorn....thats...like...YEAH!!

Re:Finally a way to finish the collection (1)

Flopy (926705) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041607)

Those could be added to the new OMG PONIES!! slashdot theme!
OMG REAL LIVE MULTI-COLORED UNICORNS!!
mythical animals are SO CUTE!

Nice! (1)

Shanesan (955683) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040693)

Does that mean we will soon have flight vendors and get to ride from Ironforge to Stormwind for a petty 80 copper?

This gene splicing thing is going to make quite the job market for Gryphon Masters!

Sure! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040695)

Sure. And I am King Of Persia!

Mermaids (5, Funny)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040696)

I'll have 2 please. Grilled, preferably.

Obligatory Quote (2)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040749)

"Why couldn't she have been the other kind of mermaid, with the fish half on top and the lady half on the bottom?" -- Fry, Futurama

Re:Obligatory Quote (2)

WaKall (461142) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040816)

Do you mean like this mermaid [amazon.com] ?

Ha! (4, Funny)

Ctrl+Alt+De1337 (837964) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040698)

They will be nothing compared to mighty Trogdor! Those things wouldn't know majesty if it came up and bit 'em in the face.

Re:Ha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040907)


  that happened once!

Re:Ha! (1)

Soul-Burn666 (574119) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041047)

Didn't you mean those things wouldn't know majesty if it came up and burninated their face? It's the mighty trogdor we are talking about it!

Re:Ha! (1)

It'sYerMam (762418) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041107)

Oh, come on, EVERYONE knows how the email goes.

Zardoz (2, Funny)

KajiCo (463552) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040699)

Won't they also need Sean Connery's vocal chord genes?

"To the stars Bowen, to the stars."

Anne McCaffery was right after all. (1)

cekerr (608293) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040703)

All predicted in her dozen "Dragonriders of Pern" novels.

Yeah, but Vance was earlier (1962), and more brief (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040833)

http://www.sfsite.com/11a/dm163.htm [sfsite.com]

Though I wouldn't necessarily argue better: why not enjoy both?

Re:Anne McCaffery was right after all. (1)

MtViewGuy (197597) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041617)

Actually, no thanks to dragons.

Given their fairly high intelligence (and REALLY high if they're magical), such a creature could burn down an entire town before you know it. (eek!)

An interesting observation.... (5, Funny)

rune2 (547599) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040705)

You know it's gotta be April Fool's when there are no dupes and people actually RTFA... (besides the whole color scheme thing that is)

Re:An interesting observation.... (1)

bloodstar (866306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040744)

I'm not sure which is scarier, that the article is a serious article (in The Economist no less), or the no dupes bit. Maybe they replaced the editors with... OMG!! Ponies!! err...

Re:An interesting observation.... (1)

bloodstar (866306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040775)

(you know it's bad when you have to follow up your own post)

Next time I'm so going to check the related items links. that big bold statement at the bottom of "Fool's Goldfish" maybe a subtle hint. I'm not sure though. Forget "Mad Max", I'm holding out hope for "Reign of Fire." After all, it's not every day you get to remark about guys leaping at dragons with Battle axes.

Re:An interesting observation.... (1)

cciRRus (889392) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040880)

You know it's gotta be April Fool's when there are no dupes and people actually RTFA... (besides the whole color scheme thing that is)
Actually, the tags associated to this submission is a dead giveaway.
[+] aprilfools, biotech (tagging beta)

Re:An interesting observation.... (1)

gavri (663286) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041139)

Those tags are created by users. It's not the official word. It could be wrong.

genetic algorithms (4, Funny)

Snof (964040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040708)

That's so much more awesome than the genetic algorithms I worked with when I studied AI. Technology has come a long way in the past... few hours.

Please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040716)

You've taken all the poetry out of it.

It's not "Here there be dragons."

It's: "Here be dragons."

OMG!!! UNICORNS! (1)

Rhinobird (151521) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040723)

That's like ponies, but, uh, one better...
We need more pink in here STAT!

Re:OMG!!! UNICORNS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040956)

That's like ponies, but, uh, one better...
We need more pink in here STAT!


LOL OMG I LOVE PINK THATS SOOO KEWL!!!!!11!1!!111!!!!one1!11

"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040729)

From http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm? story_id=348179 [economist.com] :
The firm's first product is a goldfish that is genuinely gold, not the shade of orange that currently passes for that colour in ichthyological circles. To create this animal required two things. The first was the introduction of a gene for a genetically modified version of haemoglobin which Paolo Fril, GeneDupe's boss, has dubbed haemaurin. The second was the introduction of a gene for a synthetic enzyme that he calls aurinase.

Unlike haemoglobin, which has an atom of iron at its centre, haemaurin contains an atom of gold. The haemaurin circulates in the fish's blood until it reaches the skin. There, it is degraded by the aurinase, and metallic gold is deposited in the animal's pigment cells. (This also opens up a lucrative sideline for GeneDupe, since its so-called RealGold fish must be fed with a special fish food that contains traces of the metal.)
aurinase = "you're an ass," I think, but what's the joke with haemaurin? And while we're at it, what about "San Melito"? And "Paolo Fril"? Are these in-jokes? I don't get it.

Yes, I'm the type of person who needs every joke patiently explained.

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (3, Informative)

Durinthal (791855) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040757)

Actually, I believe the aurinase and haemaurin names come from the word aurum, which is the Latin term for gold.

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (1)

Copy, Paste, Repeat (965073) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040804)

Yeah, but the Economist's editors are notoriously fond of punnage and other wordplay. Samuel Beckett began his career reporting for them, you know, and Nabokov spent the '60s working in their Moscow bureau. With that in mind, I wouldn't be surprised if "haemaurin aurinase" is their polite way of saying "hey moron, you're an ass."

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (2, Funny)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040761)

Yes, I'm the type of person who needs every joke patiently explained.

"Paolo Fril" is an anagram of "Happy Easter"

"San Melito" is French for "Without filtered coffee", a comment reflecting on the state of mind of the OP.

HTH, Oz.

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (1)

barefootgenius (926803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040899)

Hey dude, like, there's no f in easter or happy.

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (2)

Luis Cypher (257898) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040763)

haemaurin aurinase. = Hey moron you're an ass

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (1)

shawb (16347) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040771)

You're looking too deep... auro is the (latin? greek? not sure which) root for gold.

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040777)

Well, Paulo Fril is an anagram. Still trying to figure out San Melito.

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (1)

some guy I know (229718) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041066)

Well, Paulo Fril is an anagram. Still trying to figure out San Melito.
"San Melito" is an anagram for "Slime NATO", "melt Ansio", "neato miles", "eat no smile", "lame site", "nasty tonsils", or "ant overlords" (which I, for one, welcome).

BTW, did you know that "anagram" is an anagram of "acronym"?

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15041683)

The feast of St. Melito [newadvent.org] is observed on April 1.

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15041550)

And "Paolo Fril"?

April Fool

Re:"Haemaurin" and "aurinase" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15041908)

"Paolo Fril" is "aPril Fool" with the letters all mixed up, couldn't figure the other ones...

Damn liberals (4, Funny)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040731)

This is just another sign of the liberal pro-unicorn agenda.

I hope the president takes a stand against this just as he has so powerfully taken a stand against human animal hybrids.

Re:Damn liberals (1)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041074)

Unicorns are not human animal hybrids. I guess you mean centaurs!

Re:Damn liberals (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041119)

1. First they came fo the unicorns.
2. Then the horses with furry feet.
3. Then....OMG PONIES....opps, errr, said too much already...

Re:Damn liberals (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041439)

Phh. Unicorns. Unless the're pink and invisible they're just walking meat. With a horn.

Got to respect The Economist (3, Funny)

archgoon (894518) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040735)

High quality articles, even when they're fake. :)

Re:Got to respect The Economist (5, Funny)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040765)

Pffft, the New York Times is clearly superior. They ran fake articles [wikipedia.org] for months before anyone caught on.

Re:Got to respect The Economist (1)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041090)

Don't forget all those articles the NYTimes' Judith Miller wrote about Iraq's WMD programs. Of course, you also have to give her White House sources credit too.

Re:Got to respect The Economist (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040808)

Yeah. I could actually believe someone would do the computer simulationsm, though there were clues even in that part of the article. Aside from the matter of how much genome data we have to start with, it's the kind of think you expect some team of grad students to come up with for fun in their off hours, like the guys who measured the flatness of a pancake [ljworld.com] in a laser microscope and compared it to elevation data [npr.org] for Kansas (to determine, one and for all, whether Kansas really is as flat as a pancake). Referring back to the older article with "Paolo Fril's" previous endeavor was a nice touch. It's not until you get to the "Let's synthesize the DNA and put it in a cell!" plan that the klaxons start *really* going off.

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy MOD ME UP!! (0, Troll)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040742)

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy

The main characters, from left to right: Billy, Grim, and Mandy.
Genre Animated television series
Running time 22 minutes approx.
Creator(s) Maxwell Atoms
Starring Richard Steven Horvitz
Grey DeLisle
Greg Eagles
Vanessa Marshall
Jane Carr
Rachael MacFarlane
Jennifer Hale
Dee Bradley Baker
Phil LaMarr
Maxwell Atoms
Diedrich Bader
Country of origin United States
Original network/channel Cartoon Network
Original run August 24, 2001 - Present
Total no. of episodes 67
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, created by Maxwell Atoms, is an American animated television series that currently airs on Cartoon Network. It is rated TV-Y7-FV. The two main characters, Billy and Mandy, have obliged the Grim Reaper to be their best friend forever after having won a bet over a sick hamster.

The show's existence is largely the result of a viewer poll. An Internet and call-in event, called the Big Pick was held from August 24 to August 25 in 2000. The three final choices were The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?, and Longhair and Doubledome. Out of the three, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy won. The first season appeared on Cartoon Network in 2001. Robot Jones would later be made into a full series despite losing; Longhair and Doubledome would reappear with another pilot episode in another Big Pick-style show later on, only to fall short once again.

Originally labelled Grim and Evil, the series was a combination of two shows in one. In each show, a segment of Evil Con Carne was put between two Grim cartoons. In 2003, the network decided to give each short its own full length show. Evil Con Carne was subsequently cancelled. It re-aired in a late-night slot in the United States on Friday, August 5, 2005 with the newly-created intro and end credits. Characters from Evil Con Carne have still appeared on The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, realizing that they're not supposed to be there. For example, when the whole town is in jail due to an evil duck, Hector Con Carne from Evil Con Carne is there and yells, "I'm not even supposed to be on this stupid show anymore!"

How is this coming closer to real life? (1)

killa62 (828317) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040759)

This just seems like a computer simulated process of natural selection. How will this make cloning come to real life?
There is absolutely no way to get this computer simulated process to be viable and used in real life..

1. Computer takes random genome.
2. Changes it and picks closest-looking one to target.
4. ???
5. PROFIT!

A Short Step from "Designer" People (0, Offtopic)

reporter (666905) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040766)

This technology is just a short step from "designer" people. Eventually, you will be able to create the type of kids or soldiers which the parents or the army wants.

On 2005 August 24, Slashdot reported that Washington is working to develop laser cannons (i.e. "phasers") [slashdot.org] .

On 2006 January 5, Slashdot reported that Washington is working to develop warp engines [slashdot.org] .

Now, on 2006 April 1, Slashdot is reporting about a technology that will enable us to create "supermen" [slashdot.org] , like those described in the Star-Trek episode titled "Space Seed [wikipedia.org] ".

The above 3 technologies come directly from "Star Trek: The Original Series". Is there a cosmic reason for the sudden confluence of 3 key elements of Star Trek?

Gene Roddenberry's insight into the future is nearly impeccable. I am almost expecting first contact with the Vulcans.

Re:A Short Step from "Designer" People (1)

mpe (36238) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040783)

Now, on 2006 April 1, Slashdot is reporting about a technology that will enable us to create "supermen", like those described in the Star-Trek episode titled "Space Seed".

Most likely they'll have completed flying pigs long before they even start work on honest politicans :)

Re:A Short Step from "Designer" People (1)

OMG!!! Me!!! LOL!!! (965158) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040835)

Oh please, the Klingons are much closer to Earth =D. But really, this is a quite amazing coincidence. I agree that Gene Roddenberry might have gotten closer to predicting the future than he originally imagined. Thank God it's him and not Blizzard Entertainment. I sure as hell don't want MY legs bitten off by creepy, slimey, doglike aliens.

Re:A Short Step from "Designer" People (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040868)

Amazing coincidence? How many articles have there been on slashdot in the last... what... 7 months since the first one OP has listed? Trying to equate airplane mounted laser weapons with Star Trek lasers? An April Fool's article that has NOTHING to do with what OP said? Remember: if you stop feeding them, the trolls will stop coming out from under their bridges.

Re:A Short Step from "Designer" People (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040876)

Oddly, J. Michael Straczynski's predictions have been coming true as well, though at a much earlier date than expected. Earth's political situation as portrayed in Babylon 5 [imdb.com] bears a marked similarity to events in the US over the past 6 years...

Re:A Short Step from "Designer" People (1)

barefootgenius (926803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040890)

No. But maybe the first evidence of "Narrative" as predicted by Terry Pratchett.

The Science of Diskworld is recommended reading. Our universe from a Diskworld perspective.
1-Everything wants to be a ball.
2-All balls want to crash into each other.
3-There are no turtles anywhere.

Re:A Short Step from "Designer" People (1)

FourStarGeneral (851478) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041578)

I am almost expecting first contact with the Vulcans.

I'm afraid you're about 57 years too early for that. First contact takes place on April 5, 2063 [memory-alpha.org] .

virgins and unicorns (5, Informative)

artificialj (873081) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040770)

You know, only a virgin can catch a unicorn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicorn [wikipedia.org] ). Seems fitting that this gets posted on /.

Number of Chromosomes? (3, Funny)

Khyber (864651) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040773)

I'd like to see a nice, hot mermaid with 69 chromosomes. Till then, I've gotta stick with Carmen Electra's less superior 26 pairs.

Lame Day (0, Troll)

ImaNihilist (889325) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040774)

April Fool's day is the stupidest thing ever created. I'm going to work all day tomorrow, because it seems like the entire internet is just going to "shut down" for this garbage. Pft.

MOD P{ARENT UP !!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15041081)

Best April Folls day joke evar!
"going back to wrok" HAHAHA LOL!!!!11!

Harry Potter (1)

jm1234567890 (888822) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040778)

Now Harry Potter fans can reenact scenes from the movie!

I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040785)

I, for one, welcome our new mythical overlords!

Downsides of too much tinkering (1)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040786)

How long before most domestic animals including man are chimeras? If adding a single animal or plant gene you could add fifty years to your life expectancy or leave you immune to cancer would you do it? At what point do you cease being human? It's just one gene but it's not a human gene. What about a hundred years down the line when most people have dozens of extra genes? Are we still human? Could we wind up multiple species? Maybe different groups have different added genes and some no longer can interbreed. By definition some or all can't be Homo Sapien. If none could mix with a modern human would we in effect be extinct?

Re:Downsides of too much tinkering (1)

shawb (16347) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040874)

We already are Chimeras. Viruses transfer genetic information between species quite often. It's just that it's random, not a directed process.

Chimeras vs. inserted genes (1)

riker1384 (735780) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041101)

I think you misunderstand what a chimera is. A chimera is a being that contains cells with different genomes. For instance, a geep is a hodgepodge of goat cells and sheep cells.

A chimeric person would have cells with a different set of genes, not foreign genes that are in all the cells. I don't see it happening because it's way freakier than simply inserting a foreign gene.

You guys suck. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15040796)

And here I was, getting all excited about the concept.

fire!! (4, Funny)

deopmix (965178) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040806)

it's about time someone came up with a more efficent way to create fire. It's now just a simple 6 step process.

1) google an image of a dragon
2) find an animal that looks like a dragon
3) input 1 and 2 into computer, run simulation
4) take output genome and synthesize DNA
5) place DNA into cell and allow cell to reproduce
6) use resulting dragon to create fire

It's quite simple really, even the new /. demographic could do it.

Re:fire!! (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041021)

6) use resulting dragon to create fire


Bah! Fire is overrated. I'd rather have a Dragon that could do lightning instead.

i sowed wings on my cat, +5 INSIGHTFUL PLEASE! (0, Troll)

joevai (952546) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040821)

I sowed some wings I took off a pigeon on to my cat - nice quick and easy mythological creature, screw all that genetic engineering stuff!

True genius - +5 Insightful please mr. mod!

You smell that? (1)

The Hanna (955203) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040830)

That's the smell of PETA crapping all over this eventually.

Re:You smell that? (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041023)

That's the smell of PETA crapping all over this eventually.


Why? What does People Eating Tasty Animals have to do with this?

Blah Blah... (1)

morganix (885178) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040838)

All these advancements in DNA splicing and I still can't even get my Britney Spears clone.... :(

Yum (3, Funny)

FrankDrebin (238464) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040851)

Combine this genetically with healthy bacon [slashdot.org] , and we are on our way to Jurassic Pork. Trademark rights to the highest bidder.

i'm a real life mythical animal (1)

mincognito (839071) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040856)

and for the ladies, they should clone the dragon i have in my pants

Dragon babies !! (1)

Aqua04 (859925) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040867)

That's so cool ! Imagine dragon babys, everyone ! I want one, awwww. How about a dragon with ribbons in its hair, though ? That would be funny !! LOL ! Cute !! xoxo ... Hey, anyone wanna smoke ?

What the! (1)

august sun (799030) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040878)

I know it's become cliche to say so, but my cat's breath really does smell like cat food.

Tagging (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040883)

Wow, I hope googlebot doesn't see the tags people assign to the stories. Each and every story from "Wider Appeal" and newer is tagged "gay". Not that I have a problem with that, but, well, getting links to /. while searching for my daily gay porn dose would be quite disturbing.

More April Fools Jokes (2, Informative)

Urgo (28400) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040898)

For the third year in a row, Urgo's list of April Fool's Jokes on Websites [urgo.org] contains the most complete list of April Fool's Day pranks websites have created. Featured by news.com.com.com.. [com.com] and Microsoft [microsoft.com] , the site strives to list EVERY joke site, and is updated every few minutes with new verified jokes. wikipedia [wikipedia.org] also contains a sizeable list.

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puff teh magic dragon (2, Informative)

atarione (601740) | more than 8 years ago | (#15040921)

http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Cottage/3 192/Puffdragon.html [geocities.com] ** Sing along YAY

PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal PUFF, and brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.

OH PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,

Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail Jackie kept a lookout perched on PUFF's gigantic tail, Noble kings and princes would bow whenever they came, Pirate ships would lower their flag when PUFF roared out his name

OH, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,

A dragon lives forever but not so little boys Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys. One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more And PUFF that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.

PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,

His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain, PUFF no longer went to play along the cherry lane. Without his life-long friend, PUFF could not be brave, So PUFF that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave.

Oh! PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee



now i remember why i hate april fool's day so much.... kthnxbye

What About Some D&D Nasties? (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041001)

Anyone remember Gelatinous Cubes, Carrion Crawlers, Grey Ooze & Purple Worms?

Pink Dragon (1)

Slashdotgirl (912338) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041012)

I Want A Pink Dragon!

This Mother of Pearl ring is made with a pink color mother of pearl set in 18K pink gold. The ring has a modern feel with a look of a dragon or a turtle's back. The ring is decorated with brilliant round diamonds in SI1 clarity with G, H color. For other styles check below for other selections.

http://www.americanpearl.com/ucsr535.html [americanpearl.com]

Keeping Abreast of Genetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15041067)

Now that the technology is finally in place, try this: think of the most attractive thing --mythological or not-- that you'd love to own and then mentally add "with boobs."

G'wan! Try it!

"Fluffy bunny... with boobs. Cuddly, frolicsome unicorn... with boobs. Microwave ovens... with boobs."

If you're going to mess with the genotype and roll your own, you might as well add the things that guarantee market share.

Speaking of mythical creatures.... (1)

mentatultima (926841) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041097)

Well since we are talking about mythical beings, can someone clone me something mythical called a "girlfriend"? Hey this is /., mythical and girlfriend belong in the same sentence.

The think this joke mythes the mark, hopefully I did not cause any mythconceptions. Hopefully I did not make any mythakes or mythspellings.

Dreams (1)

Scynet85 (933220) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041121)

There will be dragons, and we will shoot balls of fire from our hands. Why? Because they're dreams, and the human kind has a habit of filling its dreams. Sure, it takes some time, but in, say, 600 years, maybe we really manage to create a creature that resembles the dragon of the myths, and no doubt we'll also have the possibility to attach nano/quantum implants into our hands that create some yet unknown reaction to fire plasma-like subtance from our fingertips. As long as there are wars where these invetions could be used and there's a military that supports them, they'll happen. I have no doubt, really.

Hypothetically speaking... (1)

m1chael (636773) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041373)

If this was possible... looks aren't everything. Just because it looks like a dragon and it's shit smells like dragon shit doesn't mean it can fly like a chicken.

I can't wait to get my dragon... (1)

divisionbyzero (300681) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041434)

In about 75 years when this might actually be possible... Of course we'll all be immortal by then. So I should have some time to play with him at least until I piss him off and sets me on fire.

Bah. (1)

Caspian (99221) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041475)

What about FURRIES? The world needs more double-penised hermaphrodite dragonfox/wolf kitsunes! ;)

What about a troll? (2, Funny)

craXORjack (726120) | more than 8 years ago | (#15041622)

Each computer starts with a search image (dragon, unicorn, gryphon, etc), and the genome of the real animal most closely resembling it (a lizard for the dragon, a horse for the unicorn...

If I commissioned them to build me a troll, I wonder whose genes they would start with?

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