This Week in the Future, January 23-27, 2012

Look, world’s longest ongoing experiment. You’re impressive. We won’t deny that. But the fact that nobody has ever seen your tar pitch actually drip in person, after 85 years, is infuriating. Just ask this trio of impatient folks: Ms. Hawk, Admiral F-35, and Dr. Whiskeybottle are all waiting for something, anything, to happen.

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