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Death of a Furby
ifeedformula wrote in metaquotes
ladydyani brings on teh funny again.

When my daughter was three, we somehow managed to beat the other people away and get her a Furby for Christmas. (Remember how popular those were? And how hard they were to find?)

She opens it Christmas morning, and is absolutely delighted. After presents are finished, I'm in the kitchen, cleaning up the breakfast dishes. She's taking Furby around and showing him the house. I hear "This is the living room." Step, step, step. "This is the kitchen." Step, step, step. "This is the bathroom." Pause. "Go potty." SPLASH!

She dropped poor Furby in the toilet. I suppose dropped is the wrong word. Shoved would be more appropriate.

After a painstaking drying, he did manage to work again, but for the rest of his life, he would randomly blurt out odd sounds every once in a while.

Poor Furby.

The context has been savaged by a small child

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Um, I have a Furby, and it doesn't actually "learn" anything from human beings. Furbys have a program that gradually filters the Furbish to English, but they don't actually pick up words they haven't been programmed with.

It's a shame because programmable or naughty Furbys would have rocked.

Really? I remember reading an article that they were banned from certain work places (NASA, I think the article was about) because of the recording technology.

The NSA did ban them from the premises, but it was due to a misunderstanding about the capacity Furbies have in espionage. They probably just saw the advertising and didn't realize that Furbys have audio sensors, but don't actually record anything from end users.

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