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Candidate and fleet owner channels Van Damme in ad

| December 05, 2013

Given the millions of views for the Volvo stunt vid I wrote about last week, featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme doing a full split between two moving Volvo cabovers, it was probably only a matter of time before the following happened. 



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A little applause for computers and the Internet? 

Amazon Prime Air — got nothing on the meat drone
A friendly note, following my Tuesday post on Amazon’s “Prime Air” drone delivery plans, from the folks at RedPepperLand.com yielded this quite funny take on the delivery drone. 



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The drones are coming! The drones are coming!

Amazon Prime Air a big joke? -- "The data systems (CSA, PSP ...) tracking our lives and businesses, in the end, require much more of our attention and time than any airborne threat..."

Get your meat on? OK.

And here are a couple of the responding wisecracks on our Facebook page, starting with my personal favorite: 

Michael Granstrand: Man dies in freak bowling-ball mishap. Film at 11. 

David Grandahl: Can you say ‘target practice?’