Creepy Is As Creepy Does, So They Say...


An exceprt on the subject of "surprise" from the Online Etymology Dictionary:

"surprise (n.)

late 14c., "unexpected attack or capture," from M.Fr. surprise "a taking unawares," from noun use of pp. of O.Fr. surprendre "to overtake," from sur- "over" (see sur-) + prendre "to take," from L. prendere, contracted from prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile). Meaning "something unexpected" first recorded 1590s, that of "feeling caused by something unexpected" is c.1600. Meaning "fancy dish" is attested from 1708.

A Surprize is ... a dish ... which promising little from its first appearance, when open abounds with all sorts of variety. [ERN - Indeed...] [W. King, "Cookery," 1708]

The verb is from late 14c. Surprise party originally was a military detachment (1841); festive sense is attested from 1858. Related: Surprising. "

This report definitely encompasses all of the most unwelcome connotations of the above. Our good friends at Boston Dynamics have an especially delicious "amuse bouche" for us all in the incarnation of PETMAN. Behold, be frightened and, if you're not able to compose yourself, it is alright to weep. We've certainly had a good cry or two over this one.

That's one small step for PETMAN, a giant leap for Evil Robot Kind...

" PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot developed by Boston Dynamics for testing special clothing used by US military personnel [ERN - If you buy that this is truly its intended purpose, please contact us immediately regarding some shady real estate deals we have to offer you, you're just our type...] . PETMAN balances itself as it walks, squats and does calisthenics. PETMAN simulates human physiology by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating inside the clothing to provide realistic test conditions. PETMAN development is lead by Boston Dynamics, working in partnership with Measurement Technologies Northwest, Oak Ridge National Lab and MRIGlobal. The work is being done for the DoD CBDP. For more information about PETMAN visit us at "

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