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Robots are evil. Remember that. EEEEEVIL.

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Full article, from the Salt Lake Tribune, 23 October, 1932, is available here for the clicky.
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On August 11th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
You know, I'm actually glad that scientific lectures with live ammunition aren't as common nowadays.
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On August 11th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
But...but...where's the fun in that?
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On August 11th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC), full_metal_ox replied:
And that's precisely why Mythbusters stepped in to fill that yawning void (as well as carrying on the pioneering work of Jearl Walker, the Jackie Chan of physics.)
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On August 11th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Completely aside from the LOLs, I'm not sure what to make of this. Was this a hoax, do you think? Did the reporter just invent the entire thing? Or is it obviously humor and I am just the most gullible (read "Wants to believe it is true") person on the planet.

Jason @ doctorcomics.blogspot.com
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On August 11th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
I'm not sure what to make of it either. True or false, it's a useful indicator of the mindset of the pulp era, that articles like this and the Laredo robot could be run in the newspapers straightfacedly.
On August 12th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Seems to be real. See...

http://cyberneticzoo.com/?p=1158
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On August 13th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC), kevingarcia commented:
You know your Internet famous right?
Well, I mean, you already were (not to mention in literary and scholastic circles)... but anyway...

They linked to you on IO9:
http://io9.com/5611423/the-true-story-of-a-robot-who-shot-his-creator-in-1932
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On August 14th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
The robot, especially its head and ears, bears a remarkable resemblance to an automaton in the comic "Jo, Zette et Jocko", drawn by Hergé, the creator of Tintin. I wonder if Hergé was inspired by this story.

Compare: http://www.bdzone.com/chop/popuptable.php3?code=2203311037

Regards, Michiel P.
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