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It does seem to have generated a bit of interest however as the final bid was up to $300,000,000,001,999.00. It also generated some interesting queries regarding the machine such as whether or not it uses a flux capacitor to reduce the time dilation effect and if it runs on mains power.
In other news a man in Sweden was rendered unconscious for two days after the goose shot by his son landed on his head. He made a full recovery but the unfortunate goose was well and truly cooked.
In the last few years an increasing number of little green men have been spotted in the streets of Taiwan. Not extra-terrestrials from Rael or Chinese leprechauns, but animated stick figures gracing the nation's pedestrian traffic lights. The little green man walks as a timer counts down. As the timer approaches zero the little green man begins to run. He has gone from being a traffic light innovation to becoming a pop icon.
Early rumours that on occasion the little green man stumbles and falls down, fueled considerable discussion in internet chat rooms and on notice boards.
It also inspired a short story by local writer Jiu Jiu, entitled "The Little Green Man Who Falls Down", a take-off of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play "Waiting For Godot", in which the two main characters mount a vigil to catch the little green man falling down thereby somehow, validating their mundane existences.
Lin Li-yu, deputy director of the Taipei City Department of Transportation and "mother" of the little green man, says that she heard those rumours and while it wasn't intended for him to fall down, that if the lights are out of order it is possible for him to fall half-way.
Now it appears a custody battle is looming with Chang Ming-shin, a Taipei city engineer claiming to be the little green man's "father". On Tuesday he made a statement: "As a father, I must establish my credibility with my little child, so I decided to stand up and speak out."
While Chang wants recognition as the inventor of the little green man, Taipei's transportation department have said that the design doesn't belong to any one person. Lin Li-yu added that Chang's original design was not ideal and had subsequently been modified by a team of experts. Clearly Mum and Dad don't quite agree on this one.
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