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20 Of the Weirdest, Wackiest, and Stupidest Sci/Tech Stories of 2011 (So Far!)

From IT geeks winning millions to Google mush-brain syndrome, 2011 is shaping up to be one wacky year.

The Background

This year is shaping up to be one of the weirdest and wackiest in recent memory. We have everything from U.S. intelligence agencies looking to collect the world's metaphors in a database, cool food porn from none other than an ex-Microsoft exec and a vengeful programmer. With the year half over we take a look at some of the stories that have caused us a double take so far in 2011.

Your Brain On Google
Sex Doll-Based Robot Helps Dentists Learn Realistic, Sensitive Healing

Bordering on obscene and a little bit scary, Japanese researchers created a dentistry-training robot that can flinch, gag, blink and try to carry on a conversation with cotton stuffed in its mouth - effectively mimicking a real human visit to the dentist. The thing is that the all-to-realistic robot is one of Japan's top sex doll makers, Orient Industry, was brought in to help design and craft realistic skin, tongue and mouth areas.

Unabomber Ted Kaczynski's Creepy Online Auction Raises $232,000

The US Marshals said the online auction of the personal effects of Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, raised $232,000 and will be divvied up among to Kaczynski's victims. The Marshals office said the most expensive lot, which sold for $40,676 consisted of approximately 20 personal journals, which describe in diary fashion Kaczynski's thoughts and feelings about himself, society and living in the wilderness. They also include admissions to specific bombings and other crimes.

The Metaphors Have It
White Castle's Hamburger Cult of Craving Goes Viral
NASA Looks Fries-Up Jet Fuel That Tastes Like Chicken
'Speaking of Food: Food Porn' At It's Best: Ex-Microsoft CTO Publishes Groundbreaking Cookbook
What Constitutes Defamation On Twitter? Rocker Courtney Love Has An Idea
Researcher Blows $15K by Reporting Bug to Google
Vengeful Programmer Gets Two Years In Prison for Botnet Attack
IT Pro's Perfect Game Puts Him In Putt-Putt Record Books
25 Years On: Captain Midnight
Building the Borg: US Intelligence Agency Wants to Know How Your Overtaxed Brain Works
Pummeling PowerPoint
Um, Really? She's Not Going To Be Happy
Digitally Altered Broadcast of Fireworks Sparks Debate In Boston
#$@%@#^ Computer!