One of the memes making the rounds in the last couple days goes:
"Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."
I haven't found a link to the research (if there actually is any) but I did write a little perl script, scrmable, to test the hypothesis. It wroks pertty good!
I think the scrmabled words taht are least readable are the ones that end up with a lot of consecutive vowels, or that split the initial phoneme.
Update: March of teh Slashdorks!
Wired has a UAV bestiary
. This one is pretty Buck Rogers looking:
"GoldenEye's ducted fan design allows it to change direction and speed by adjusting various sets of control vanes. Because the rotor blades aren't exposed, this UAV can fly near people, trees, and buildings - perfect for street-level urban warfare ops like detecting chemical weapons."
Looks like it is real, and has actually flown:
"GoldenEye features unconventional performance that enables it to take-off and land vertically, like a helicopter, then level off into horizontal flight by virtue of rotating wings. [...] GoldenEye-100 stands 5.5 feet tall with a gross takeoff weight of 150 pounds. The aircraft can cruise up to four hours with a range of more than 500 miles at a maximum speed of 160 knots.
"In addition to the 150-pound vehicle, Aurora is developing a smaller, 16-pound derivative called GoldenEye-50. Aurora plans to build multiple GoldenEye-50s for homeland security applications and expansion of the rapid flight envelope of the ducted-fan vehicle class. This includes transition from hover to horizontal flight and high-speed dash performance."