Vomiting Larry, The Robot Who Vomits, may sound like a character in a short-lived and particularly unpleasant Saturday Night Live sketch, but the world we live in is not that simple. Far from a joke, Vomiting Larry is a robotic assistant built specifically to produce projectile vomit, and lots of it. Larry -- who is technically a "simulated vomiting system" that you can see in action after the break -- is helping researchers study the food borne illness norovirus in hopes of teaching researchers how it spreads, and thus how they can best control potential outbreaks.
Considering the the stress that can be involved in flying across the country braving baggage claims, TSA lines, and winter weather, it's not surprising that to some people, a nice long Caribbean cruise seems like the perfect antidote to the traditional travails of the holidays. Of course, those cruises aren't without their own hazards -- case in point, the 400 people sickened with what appears to be nausea- and diarrhea-inducing norovirus on two recent holiday cruises. All of a sudden, sitting through yet another round of Mom's favorite holiday pastime -- "When are you going to meet someone nice and settle down?" -- doesn't sound so bad.