Pigeon beats Internet firm in data transfer race

Bird with card strapped to leg triumphs in 50-mile South African showdown

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A South African company on Wednesday proved it was faster to transmit data by carrier pigeon than to send it using the country's leading internet service provider.

Local news agency SAPA reported the 11-month-old pigeon, Winston, took one hour and eight minutes to fly the 50 miles from Unlimited IT's offices near Pietermaritzburg to the coastal city of Durban with a data card strapped to its leg.

Including downloading, the transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds the time it took for only four percent of the data to be transferred using a lin provided by Telkom.


How Not To Ship Pigeons .....

Tuesday, February 03, 2009,  from the Associated Press:

SYDNEY   An Australian traveler was caught with two live pigeons

stuffed in his pants following a trip to the Middle East, customs officials

said Tuesday.

The 23-year-old man was searched after authorities discovered two eggs

in a vitamin container in his luggage, said Richard Janeczko, national

investigations manager for the Customs Service.

They found the pigeons wrapped in padded envelopes and held to each

of the man's legs with a pair of tights, according to a statement released

by the agency.


 Officials also seized seeds in his money belt and an

undeclared eggplant.


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