The Blue Screen of Death Can't Melt Steel Beams

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Close Call of the Day: Man Nearly Crushed While Deboarding Ferry

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Always wait for the boat to actually stop moving before you get off, or terrible things can happen.

Exhibit A: This guy.

As the ferry nears land, he scurries off the ramp and ends up taking a tumble into the sand.

Fortunately, someone quickly comes to his rescue and pulls him out just before the ramp slams down on his back.

A Small Oregon Paper Just Announced the World's First Frog Pitcher

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The small East Oregonian paper ran this unfortunate typo in a story about Pat Venditte of the Oakland Athletics. Venditte is ambidextrous and able to pitch either left or right-handed. However, it's way cooler to think that he's actually a frog and/or salamander person in disguise.

An Amtrak Train Ran Into a Truck Carrying Tens of Thousands of Pounds of Bacon. A Moment of Silence, Please.

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The train was en route to Chicago from San Diego when it ran into a truck trying to cross the tracks. Luckily there were no serious injuries reported, but the real casualty was all this bacon. RIP bacon, we knew you well.

Can Somebody Get the Camera Robot Out of the Frame?

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Now to Make a Quick Dip in the Pool...

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Mashup of the Day: Watch a Bunch of Robots Fall with WWE Wrestling Commentary

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Just when you think robots are about to take over the world, they go and do something like this.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge was held this past weekend, with numerous teams “vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters.”

Turns out they had a few disasters of their own as well.

IEEE Spectrum created a compilation of robot falls from the first day of the finals, and while this is pretty funny to watch in itself, one YouTuber took it a step further and mashed it up with some WWE commentary turning it into Internet gold.

“As much as nobody wanted to see a robot fall, everybody wanted to see a robot fall,” wrote IEEE Spectrum on their blog.

The course involved the competing robots trying to open doors, turn valves, drive cars and climb over rubble.

Team KAIST from South Korea took home the top prize with the fastest time, and here’s their robot, DRC-Hubo, stepping up to victory. It was built with wheels on its knees to help protect it from taking a tumble.

“These robots are big and made of lots of metal and you might assume people seeing them would be filled with fear and anxiety,” said DRC organizer Gill Pratt. “But we heard groans of sympathy when those robots fell. And what did people do every time a robot scored a point? They cheered!”

Meanwhile, nothing can stop the beasts from Boston Dynamics, so while these falls are funny, the threat is still very real.