DARPA Announces "Specially Challenged Robot" Event

Funny story written by Ken Adrian

Sunday, 14 March 2004

Arlington, VA - With the failture of any of the Robots designed for the DARPA Challenge to actual complete the course, the military think tank has decided to try another competition for the "Specially Challenged Robot".

"This is our version of the Special Olympics for robots" says DARPA technical lead Dr. Ingrid M. Spyfinder "We're looking for some robots with limited cognitive ability this time."

One entry, dubbed "God's Special Robot Project" (or 'GRSP'), has already managed to generate interest by the agency. GRSP has a wonderfuly loveable disposition that makes up for it's inability to navigate the terrain.

"These robots may not be able to do things that OTHER robots can do" says one proud engineer "but they CAN help us all feel good about ourselves."

The Special Challenge begins next week with all of the special entries having been thoroughly tested for safety.

"We can't afford to have anything go wrong this time." a DARPA spokesperson said "We've set the bar very low but you just never know... I mean these are, after all, challenged (but special) robots."

Herbie the Love Bug will open the ceremony with a special performance his lovable antics that is sure to make the crowd go "Awwwwww..... Isn't that sweet.!"

In a related story, George W. Bush is running for office again.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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