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   Undertoad  Saturday Jan 7 12:45 PM

1/7/2006: Robot camel jockey



This one has sat in my IotD queue for literally months. But it's IotD-worthy so I'm not sure why - I just overlooked it for a while. :P Anyway --

Most countries have horse racing; some have dog racing; and here, in Qatar, they have camel racing.

Like horse racing, the camels bearing lighter jockeys have an advantage, and so they have always used young boys for the job. But there is controversy over the horrible trafficking of such children in Qatar. (Note that Michael Jackson has now moved to Bahrain, not Qatar...)

And so, since they are as rich as rich can be, they are simply switching over to using robots as jockeys.



richlevy  Saturday Jan 7 01:59 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
And so, since they are as rich as rich can be
And yet, I have still not seen the money.


Griff  Saturday Jan 7 02:16 PM

That can't touch a Predator with hellfire missles.



wolf  Saturday Jan 7 02:18 PM

But if the robot wins, it can't warm the Sultan's bed for the night as well as the boy.

I don't think this will catch on, I really don't.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jan 7 09:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
But if the robot wins, it can't warm the Sultan's bed for the night as well as the boy.

I don't think this will catch on, I really don't.
Pshaw, where do you think all those unemployed jockeys will be earning their daily bread, if not in the Sultans boudoir.


Kitsune  Monday Jan 9 12:58 PM

Who knew the racial slur really existed? Next up: automatic cheese-eating frogs.



capnhowdy  Monday Jan 9 01:49 PM

According to this the robots may help free child slaves.

If the robots do replace the children, they will most likely still use child slaves to shovel the camel shit. Maybe they already have robots to do this...... dunno....



Troubleshooter  Monday Jan 9 02:06 PM

And it's no wonder they traffic in little boys...

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapc...stan.honor.ap/

"MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Nazir Ahmed appears calm and unrepentant as he recounts how he slit the throats of his three young daughters and their 25-year old stepsister to salvage his family's "honor"..."



capnhowdy  Monday Jan 9 06:28 PM

These people are nuckin futs.
Not the nation as a whole, but THESE PEOPLE...I'm just saying.



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