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Exhibit A:

An unidentified member of Parliament Funkadelic shows off his outfit backstage at the 46th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2004. The group performed on the Grammy telecast. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Exhibit B:

A duckling looks around before being killed by Chinese health workers at a farm in Tianjin after the northern port city reported a suspected bird flu case February 10, 2004. Local authorities have killed about 200,000 poultry in Tianjin. (China Photo via Reuters)
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Turing Trains

These folks have constructed a Turing Machine out of a model railroad.

Allowing ourselves to fleetingly believe in an earlier historical miscalculation that "... Computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1 1/2 tons." (Popular Mechanics, March 1949), we decided to put some hundred tons of scaled steel together in order to build these calculating protozoa. The operating system of this reckoning worm is the ultimate universal calculator, the Turingmachine, and is able to calculate whatever is capable of being calculated.

I, for one, welcome our new locomotive overlords.

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