Headline of the Day (Heck, the Year)

Via Reuters: Venezuela launches Zeppelin to tackle rampant crime.

I haven’t even read the story yet, but could there be a a headline that is a better combination of cool and ridiculous with something you just never expect to read?

Update: Ends up it is some kind of surveillance blimp, which isn’t so cool, I’ll admit. However, I just like the idea of a Crime Fightin’ Zeppelin.

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Comments

  1. markm says:

    …wonder if they used hydrogen as the lifting gas?…..

  2. Bithead says:

    ANd can they get Page to pay for ’em?

  3. DC Loser says:

    Don’t laugh. We have a few of them over Baghdad trying to do the same thing.

  4. Because nothing stops rampant crime at 10,000 feet like a lighter than air dirigible.

  5. anjin-san says:

    Well that is kind of funny, but a discussion about the steady rise in violent crime under Bush right here in America might be more useful…

  6. Is this a response to ballooning crime rates in Venezuela?

  7. Bithead says:

    Must be, Budge…

  8. sherlock says:

    Couple of comments:

    1. It is not a “Zeppelin”, it’s a blimp. A Zeppelin is a rigid airship: it has a frame covered by a fabric-type skin, and carries its lifting gas in internal cells similar to balloons. Pretty much went out of fashion with the Hindenburg. Blimps are not rigid, but rely on gas pressure to hold their shape. Much simpler, and strangely enough, more rugged.

    2. “Because nothing stops rampant crime at 10,000 feet like a lighter than air dirigible”.
    – It’s not a “dirigible” either – that word is usually reserved for zeppelins – see comment 1.
    – Lighter than air dirigibles are however, much more effective than those idiotic heavier-than-air ones that just lay there and do nothing.
    – Wow, they have rampant crime at 10,000 feet? That place is totally out of control!

    Just having a little fun, no offense intended. And by the way – including a spell-checker is a really great feechure!

  9. Michael says:

    And by the way – including a spell-checker is a really great feechure!

    Just use Firefox, it’ll spell check any textarea on any web page.