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Giant Insect Invades Germany

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the our-thrip-overlords dept.

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Noryungi writes, "It seems the alien invasion of the Earth has just started! A 50-meter insect has been spotted roaming the German countryside! Let the 'I, for one, welcome our new giant insectoid overlords' joke contest begin!" A moderator at a Keyhole forum IDs the bug as a thrip, about 1mm long, squished under a glass plate during scanning.

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No... (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238155)

It seems the alien invasion of the Earth has just started!

No.. it's really Richard Branson's newest Eco-Friendly transportation mode. See, we'll strap seats to the backs of these giant genetically modified insects and they'll run us or fly us anywhere we want to go. What could possibly [imdb.com] go wrong [imdb.com] ?

microsoft europe strenuously denied it was a bug from their code, "ours are a few metres smaller."

Re:No... (5, Funny)

Rockinsockindune (956375) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238211)

Or we can plant a thumper (they are attracted to rythmic vibrations), and use hooks and ropes to climb to the tops of their backs.

Re:No... (1, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238475)

Or we can plant a thumper (they are attracted to rythmic vibrations), and use hooks and ropes to climb to the tops of their backs.

I heard that was one of the possible scenarios for after privatising the tube*

* London underground

Re:No... (1)

malsdavis (542216) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238303)

If you think of how many thousands of times more efficient insects are at converting chemical energy to kinetic energy than our methods, particularly when it comes to acceleration, then maybe he is on to something!

Re:No... (4, Informative)

diablomonic (754193) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238491)

lets see, chemical to kinetic, hmmm.. battery efficiency: maybe 90% on each of charge and discharge, lets say 80% overall. electric motor efficiency, good ones are >90%. total efficiency: >70%. thousands of times more than this: 70,000% efficiency..... LISA! in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!

Re:No... (1)

Ziwcam (766621) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238817)

Yes, but where does all that electricity to charge those batterys come from? My bet would be on "coal fired power plant" which is not nearly as efficient.

Re:No... (1)

sporkme (983186) | more than 7 years ago | (#16239009)

This article [slashdot.org] on the physiological properties of b-movie monsters sparked a pretty good discussion about the possibility of massive insects. The larger an organism, the more effective the vascular system has to be. Simply scaling up an organism does not give you a living result.

Re:No... (5, Funny)

griffjon (14945) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238507)

The European community have known about this bug (and there are many others) for years now. Why do you think they're so solidly against genetically modified food? This is a Thwips Monsantoi

(btw, I'm joking, but just to be safe, I for one welcome our new genetically-modified-food-created insectile pooping overlords!)

That's Not a Bug (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238567)

That's a fucking feature, alright?

Re:No... (1)

TankerJoe19K (982769) | more than 7 years ago | (#16239157)

See, we'll strap seats to the backs of these giant genetically modified insects and they'll run us or fly us anywhere we want to go.

Europe == Morrowind?

Ich fur ein... (5, Funny)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238175)

... Willkommen unsere neuen Insekt overlords

Other OB (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238283)

Re:Ich fur ein...... Willkommen unsere neuen Insekt overlords

In Soviet Russia Google Maps bug YOU!

Re:Other OB (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238415)

A real German would say:

Wir heissen unsere Insektenüberlordschaften willkommen! :)

Re:Other OB (4, Funny)

PresidentEnder (849024) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238815)

Wir heißen unsere neue Insektenüberlordschaften willkommen!

Letztes Jahr gab keine Insektenüberlordschaften.

Re:Other OB (1)

menkhaura (103150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16239019)

Whatever! Pray our new Insect Overlords understand the languages of ours, lowly earthlings!

Just in case:

Eu, da minha parte, dou boas-vindas aos nosos novos Senhores Insetos!

On my knees!

Re:Other OB (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16239159)

The correct translation (as literal as possible, as interpreting as necessary) is:
"Ich zumindest heisse unsere neuen Insektenoberherrscher willkommen!"

I = Ich
for one = zumindest (in this context)
welcome = heisse ... willkommen
our = unsere
new = neuen
insect over-lords = Insekten-ober-herrscher

Man, your German is bad (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238417)

... Willkommen unsere neuen Insekt overlords


Das korrekte Wort ist Überlords !!

Re:Man, your German is bad (1)

TransEurope (889206) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238863)

The correct word is "Herrscher", or if you want: "Überherrscher" ;)

Ich für meine Wenigkeit heiße unseren neuen insektoiden Herrscher herzlich willkommen!

Re:Man, your German is bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16239013)

Es war ein Witz!

That's pretty cool. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238181)

I wonder what other shit like that is in google maps.

Fark had a thread of wierd finds last week (5, Interesting)

gmezero (4448) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238741)

http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink =2294440 [fark.com]

There are some really great shots in that thread as well
as some co-ordinates to follow up on. One is a wierd land
area in New Mexico where some scammers had built out all
the roads for an entire city development and then skipped
out with the money and never built a thing.

Very wierd stuff.

Nitpick... (1)

celardore (844933) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238183)

The post at the Keyhole forums says:
Thrips is the singular and plural - like fish (I just found this out from an article in Google Sightseeing which referenced this article) Wikipedia - thrips

They're called Thrips with an S [wikipedia.org]

Re:Nitpick... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238367)

Someone's spreading FUD through the old wiki, thrips can get inside your screen!

Slashdot: News for Nerds that's... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238185)

... 3 days old.

Next up at Slashdot: Dewey Wins!

Snore............

I checked the photo and (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238195)

That doesn't look anything like Germany.

Re: Big German insect...identified!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238527)

I think it's a Volkswagen bug...

Re:I checked the photo and (3, Informative)

doti (966971) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238865)

Zoom out, put in map mode, and you'll se it's in the same country as Berlin, so it's Germany.

Re:I checked the photo and (3, Funny)

Main Gauche (881147) | more than 7 years ago | (#16239119)

"That doesn't look anything like Germany."

Because in Germany, bugs don't leave their excrement in the middle of a nice clean field like that?

Ok, I admit it. You got modded both +1 Funny and +1 Informative, and I'm left very confused. Not by the usual random moderation, mind you, but by what I'm supposed to be thinking right now....

Bugs! (5, Funny)

The Outbreak Monkey (581200) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238205)

Looks like Google Maps still has some bugs.

Re:Bugs! (3, Funny)

stunt_penguin (906223) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238683)

I think they should leave this one in for posterity, and call it a feature......... as if anyone's going to take it's presence too seriously :)

It's got more value as a cool link than a fixed bug.... I hope someone's got a sense of humor ^^

Joke contest? (3, Interesting)

captnitro (160231) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238215)

Let the 'I, for one, welcome our new giant insectoid overlords' joke contest begin!

Oh, let's not.

Alternatively, everybody can get it out of their systems today if I never have to hear it again.

Alternate joke contest (1)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238623)

tag the article with something sly Mine was "tomcruise" 'cause I couldn't remember his character's name in WotW

Is it a Bug? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238221)

Bugs taste bettter

final post (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238223)

In Soviet Germany, giant insectoid overlords welcome YOU!

Way to spoil the joke (5, Funny)

spoco2 (322835) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238263)

You know... I don't think it was really neccessary to have right there in the heading the little note that it's some tiny bug squished during the scanning process.

The fact it was posted with the Monty Python foot should be enough for anyone to know it shouldn't be taken seriously.

We could have had hundreds, if not thousands, of posts as to exactly what it could all mean, how it got there, why it was taking a large dump at the time of the photo...

But now... now you've ruined it.

I hope you're happy... go and sit in the corner and think about what you've done.

Re:Way to spoil the joke (3, Funny)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238345)

I don't think it was really neccessary to have right there in the heading the little note that it's some tiny bug squished during the scanning process.

Of course it was. It's what they want us to think. If they didn't put that idea in our heads, we'd be free to think about what really happened.

Re:Way to spoil the joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238933)

> We could have had hundreds, if not thousands, of posts as to exactly what it could all mean, how it got there, why it was taking a large dump at the time of the photo...

<jeffgoldblumvoice>
"That is one big pile of shit!"
</jeffgoldblumvoice>

fun (5, Insightful)

sporkme (983186) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238363)

Here are two Escher-licious images from google maps:
Boston [google.com]
Dallas [google.com]

...and an interesting effect that can occur when frames are spliced:
Sidewalk ends [ministryof...anda.co.uk]

Of course, there are tons of these, including the popular ipod [google.com] .

Re:fun (1)

DaveM753 (844913) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238445)

There used to be an Escher-licious image situation for downtown Seattle wherein the good folks at Google felt the best way to deal with the buildings going in all different directions was to, well, "disappear" the building I work in. They've fixed it now, so I guess I don't need to submit this.

Re:fun (1)

alchemist68 (550641) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238999)

If you think those Escher-licious images from google maps are cool, check out the images of the buildings around the World Trade Center site in New York City. The tops of the buildings are going in all different directions.

Re:fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16239053)

Oh crap that made my head hurt.

cool (1)

artifex2004 (766107) | more than 7 years ago | (#16239101)

While looking for the Fort Worth Water Gardens, I found this [google.com] .
Note the lake's color range, not just its unnatural appearance. Now zoom out a couple times.
They've obviously retouched the lake in the closer images, because you can see evidence of dodging and burning.

From the Googleplex (5, Funny)

NetDrain (167337) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238365)

But from the Corp network, we have:

http://theblight.net/misc/germany.jpg [theblight.net]

The Maps team is going to be -pissed.- It'll be awesome.

Re:From the Googleplex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238949)

Funniest thing I've seen all week. You have to report it and post the report and the response on a blog somewhere so we can read about it in a slashback.

This is News? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238375)

If i step on a bug with my sneaker, take a picture of it and upload it to the internet, will I make the front page of slashdot too?

No (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238927)

Not unless you are God and the bug you are stepping on is the Earth.

'Bugzilla' users? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238395)

Ok, so that's what they meant when they said they were using an in-house version of Bugzilla ?

Let the boycott begin? (1)

mlloyd67 (545111) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238401)

Isn't Google's motto "Don't be evil"? Is this promotion of squished bugs? Just wait until PETA hears of this...

U.S. Action soon to take place (-1, Flamebait)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238463)

US President George W. Bush has declared war on this "insurgent", and has already sent troops to set up permenant bases along the perimeter surrounding the insect.

Also, Bush reportedly, in an emergency televised speech to the world, said "Make no mistake. This terrorist will be brought to justice. No longer can these evil doers disrupt the freedoms that the brave citizens of United States of America enjoy today."

Re:U.S. Action soon to take place (3, Insightful)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238917)

Wait!!! The UN should threaten sanctions agains the insect first. We must also be sensitive and careful not to hurt the insect's feelings. Or our actions may provoke more insect insurgency. Surely the insect will respond to diplomacy. We should try talking to the insect before we fight. The insect probably doesn't understand that we respect it and mean it no harm.

Can anybody explain this one (1, Redundant)

tizan (925212) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238469)

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&z=19&ll=42.349 616,-71.072268&spn=0.001399,0.003712&t=h&om=1/ [google.com] Please note the shadow of the trees underneath (hence you can guess where the sun is) and the image of the plane seems to be above the plane....I'm a bit baffled to explain this by simple optics.

the overlords are coming!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238525)

Serve the hive!!!!!!!
they control the groove......
serve the hive...
they control the way you move.

ObSPQuote... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238485)

That kinda looks like... Tom Selleck!

during "scanning"?? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238667)

who the hell would "scan" satellite pictures? this should be digital, morons. hello, it's 2006.

Re:during "scanning"?? (1)

asylumx (881307) | more than 7 years ago | (#16239057)

The satellites weren't put up in 2006.... In fact most of the images weren't generated in 2006... and even so, none of the technology that actually captures the pictures belongs to google.

Re:during "scanning"?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16239223)

Direct transfer of image data from a sattelite to computer readable imagery was invented in 2006?

I DIGG IT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16238679)

this was on digg yesterday. /. is behind the times. prolly too busy doing linux geek stuff
grep -asdflkjasdlkfj > gnustew.cgi.bin.out

figures. (3, Funny)

not a cylon (1003138) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238743)

Well that's what happens when Google tells their employees to spend 20% of their time doing whatever interests them. Giant, mutant, killer insects.

Damn Ph.D's, with their genome maps and fancy internet tubes.

With apologies to Kafka... (5, Funny)

yuriismaster (776296) | more than 7 years ago | (#16238947)

As Gregor Samsa woke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself in his bed, transformed into a monstrous insect.

...and invaded Germany.

Reminds me of an old Frank Zappa song (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16239059)

Cheepnis [globalia.net] , anyone?

That's nothing - wait till Vista Arrives!!! (1)

nickull (943338) | more than 7 years ago | (#16239169)

50 meter bug could be squashed with a few good lines of code. Still - I'll never think of anything else when logging into Bugzilla.

great work slashdot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16239313)

Digg.com had this story on yesterday.
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