Monday, December 05, 2005

Flying Car: I Can Die Happy Now

Lately, I've been a bit discouraged by the lack of awe-inspiring technological innovation. We've been getting a lot of add-on features to things already invented. These updates are sloooowwwwllly released to generate more income for companies *cough XBox 360 cough* but nothing really life changing. I have a ho-hum attitude because it seemed as if no one was excited about creating a Jetson's like flying car; a childhood dream purchase. I really thought this invention to be in full swing by now but instead we've regressed into debating about evolution, fighting over gas and other depraved acts of uncivilization.
Why, oh, why was I seduced by Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future? Now I have all of these high expectations of human behavior and advances in technology but mostly I spend most of my days in disappointment, disgust and disbelief.

In a bizarre twist and Twilight Zone product placement, Neiman Marcus, of all places is advertising a "Sky Car PROTOTYPE" for the low, low price of $3,500,000.00.
No, really.
M400 Skycar

Born too late for the Wright Brothers' first plane? Missed out on Henry Ford's Model T? You can still have a piece of transportation history: the prototype for an unprecedented mode of transportation that melds sci-fi and state-of-the-art technology.

• The M400 Skycar is the world's first personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, designed to elevate individual drivers above the headaches of commuting and the dangers of highway travel.
• In development since the 1960s, the Skycar has completed successful hovering flights, and its first manned, un-tethered flight is planned for Fall 2005.
• Developed by Moller International, the three-wheeled, folding-wing craft is designed to be as safe, affordable, and easy to use as an automobile.
• Travels at 350+ miles per hour and achieves an environmentally friendly 21 miles per gallon on alcohol, a cleaner fuel than gasoline.
• Because most auto emissions occur at idle or low speeds, the M400 will produced less pollution by burning fuel more completely.
• A limited number of M400s is expected to be available within the next three years, but you can purchase the actual prototype for yourself or your favorite commuter now.
• For more information and to order, please call 1.877.9NM.GIFT.
• Delivery not included.*

To learn more about the M400 Skycar prototype, please visit

*Neiman Marcus is acting as the advertiser for this product. Certain regulatory requirements must be met for purchase of the prototype, including International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Federal Aviation Administration authorization. A purchase agreement will need to be signed by the purchaser.
Item: Skycar Prototype
Price: $3,500,000.00

Finally, a distracting material item worth living for. This may be so worth my soul.

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