Feeds

Barack Obama was ALMOST EATEN by a ROBOT GIRAFFE

POTUS comes within snacking distance of techno-creature

Seven Steps to Software Security

A British mechanical giraffe evaded American secret services, infiltrated the White House and got close enough to Barack Obama to bite his head off.

The robotic beast narrowly avoided sparking World War III after appearing at an event in the White House intended to show off the work of American "makers".

The President was shocked to hear the giraffe speak in a British accent - and so was the secret service agent assigned to protect him.

"He has kind of a British accent," the President said after petting the beast's nose. The video below shows one of Obama's bodyguards rushing to save him from the robot giraffe, before the video is quickly shut off.

A video of the giraffe getting up close and personal with the US president.

So how did this strange creation get so close to the President?

By mistake, apparently. Only American creations were meant to appear at the White House Maker Faire, which was the first such event to be held in the garden of Obama's temporary home.

It is the creation of Russell Pinnington, who works as an IT bod at the British firm Holidays Please.

Somehow he managed to sneak Russell the Giraffe past "three layers of secret service security," his boss, Charles Duncombe, told us.

"We have lost so much time to this bloody giraffe," he said.

"Russell is forever flying out to America to work on the giraffe, which he takes to the Burning Man festival. But we didn't expect to see it in the White House.

"If we start seeing drone giraffes in Afghanistan, we know who to blame." ®

Update

Pinnington has been in touch to tell El Reg that the giraffe was created by Lindsay Lawlor of San Diego, while he sorted out the electronic gubbins inside it. We're of the view that this makes the giraffe British at heart and thus still worthy of representing Blighty at the heart of the US government.

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!
How many As? Reg hack's writing cops a shoeing
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1
Beijing fears it could beam secrets back to America
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.