The brand name Taser has become as synonymous with these devices as Kleenex or Xerox have to photocopies and tissues a quirk of language known as a "proprietary eponym". The word has even become a verb, as people commonly speak of being "Tased" or "Tasered".
The word Taser, though, didn't start with the company: it's actually a loose acronym of the book Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. Jack Cover, the inventor of the modern ECD, named his prototype after the YA sci-fi novel he loved, and the very idea for a less-lethal electric gun was largely inspired by the fictional one described in the book.
And while this quirky history is known among some in law enforcement and engineering circles, the innocence with which it's told a curious inventor culling inspiration from the literature of his youth belies a more sinister truth: the book itself is boldly racist.
The world's oldest living tracked bird has been spotted back on American soil where she is expected to lay an egg at the ripe old age of 64.
Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, was seen at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge with a mate at the weekend following a year's absence.
She was first tagged in 1956 and has raised at least 36 chicks since then.
Refuge staff said they were humbled and delighted to see her return. read more
After decades of research and development, Naval scientists say they are within reach of a cure for Butthurt Disease, more commonly known as BHD.
"With BHD the rectum gets so inflamed it essentially swallows the rest of the body, making that person an actual, giant -------," said lead researcher Doctor Yvette Diaz. "Thus, the puckered frowny-face and ----- attitude."
Sen. Jeff Sessions is out with a list of 12 vetted refugees who quickly joined jihad plots to attack the United States.
Sessions and other critics fear he'll use his many powers -- and Congress' autopilot funding for refugee programs -- to bring in far more than 10,000 migrants.
Obama says the new refugees will be vetted. But top security officials say the Syrians can't be vetted because the U.S doesn't know what they were doing in Syria before they applied for refugee status.
And so, the cyber war between Isis and Anonymous rages on. After shutting down over 5000 of the militant group's social media accounts, and publishing a handy "how to" hacking guide against them, Anonymous are well into the midst of their "biggest" ever terrorist takedown. The online activists are apparently more determined than ever to destroy Isis and now, they may have just unleashed their most powerful weapon yet.
According to a recent tweet from the #OpParis account, Anonymous are now flooding all pro-Isis hashtags with "Rick Roll" videos. That means; whenever any Isis account tries to spread a message, or get something trending, the topic will instead be flooded with countless videos of Rick Astley circa 1987.