Careful aim

I sighed and grabbed the Glass Plus, and then came to what seemed an inescapable conclusion: birds have evolved sufficiently to be able to target an area on one’s windshield squarely within the driver’s line of sight just about every time. (There’s just as much glass on the passenger side, but they don’t bother to drop anything over there.)

And they do all that without frickin’ lasers, unlike this shark:

Marine biologist-cum-TV personality Luke Tipple attached a 50-milliwatt green laser to a lemon shark off the coast of the Bahamas in late April. The escapade was sponsored by Wicked Lasers, a consumer-focused laser manufacturer based in Hong Kong that produces some of the most brilliant — and potentially dangerous — handheld lasers in the world.

I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of coupling “consumer-focused” and “potentially dangerous.”

The lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, was chosen for its comparative docility. Not that you personally need to worry:

Steve Liu, Wicked Lasers CEO, told Wired: “If there was a way the shark could operate the laser on its own accord and use it against humans, we wouldn’t even attempt this.”

“Shut up and take my money!” shrieks Dr Evil.


  1. McGehee »

    4 May 2012 · 11:31 pm

    That’s what you call Proof of Concept.


  2. fillyjonk »

    5 May 2012 · 10:17 am

    Forget sharks with lasers. As soon as cats figure out some way to replicate opposable thumbs, we’re all hosed.

    And I say this as someone who LIKES cats.

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