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Town in Israel Puts Wi-Fi Routers On Its Donkeys

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Now you can tweet about your donkey ride!

An historical park in Northern Israel is making headlines following a decision to equip its donkeys with wireless routers. Kfar Kedem park offers tourists the opportunity to experience Talmudic-era life. This experience involves riding a donkey, which was the main mode of transport in those times. However, it seems technology has wormed its way into the experience, as you can now surf the web while riding your donkey.

The Associated Press cites park manager, Menachem Goldberg, as saying the move is part of an effort to engage with younger generations as opposed to catering to the always-on tourists that can't bear to be away from a WiFi connection.

According to the Times of Israel, there are currently 30 donkeys in the Galilee town of Hoshaya, which operates the park. Just five of them have been fitted with wireless Internet, with the routers hanging in a bag around the donkeys' necks. The park said that it would consider outfitting more of the donkeys with WiFi as time goes on.

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    A Bad Day , August 22, 2012 10:37 PM
    It's a good thing that donkeys can guide themselves should the user text while steering...
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    QEFX , August 22, 2012 11:09 PM
    TheRabidDeerThis article upsets me, and not just because they are putting wireless on donkeys but because it seems written poorly.


    Hate to break this to you, but this is Tom's. Spell checking, grammar checking, at times fact checking, breaking news that hasn't been reported elsewhere for 3 weeks and non-fanboy articles are like the edit post function ... very rare indeed.
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    BigBodZod , August 22, 2012 11:15 PM
    Hey, I guess eMule is not dead after all.
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    A Bad Day , August 22, 2012 10:37 PM
    It's a good thing that donkeys can guide themselves should the user text while steering...
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    dalethepcman , August 22, 2012 10:39 PM
    Have you tried our jackass wifi?

    My favorite quote from the AP article that can be completely misconstrued...

    Visitor Peter Scherr said. "I send pictures back to my family while I'm having fun on the donkeys."

    I'm just glad hes not talking about Mexico..

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    therabiddeer , August 22, 2012 10:41 PM
    This article upsets me, and not just because they are putting wireless on donkeys but because it seems to be written poorly.

    "...part of an effort to engage with younger generations as opposed to catering to the always-on tourists..." nothing seems right at all about this quote. Then there is the an historical/a historical at the beginning, while both are TECHNICALLY right... I still think it should be a historical because I pronounce the h (though you may not).

    Downrate all you want, I just wanted to put my 2 cents out there.
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    azraa , August 22, 2012 10:44 PM
    Im so going to hell x)
    I pictured Jesus giving out wifi instead of a sermon, on a donkey, being followed by a mass of wifi-starved people with their notebooks... and palm leaves.
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    dalethepcman , August 22, 2012 11:00 PM
    TheRabidDeerboth are TECHNICALLY right... I still think it should be a historical......Downrate all you want, I just wanted to put my 2 cents out there.

    I'm down voting you because you are reading it wrong, being an ass, grammar Nazi and Troll. Just my 2cents.

    Let me make the words simple for you, since you seem to understand the concept of writing, but not the content.

    "saying the move is part of an effort to engage with younger generations as opposed to catering to the always-on tourists that can't bear to be away from a WiFi connection."
    =
    This change was to cater to the younger generation, not to cater to the always online tourist. Both groups benefit from this, but they were specifically targeting the younger generation.

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    QEFX , August 22, 2012 11:09 PM
    TheRabidDeerThis article upsets me, and not just because they are putting wireless on donkeys but because it seems written poorly.


    Hate to break this to you, but this is Tom's. Spell checking, grammar checking, at times fact checking, breaking news that hasn't been reported elsewhere for 3 weeks and non-fanboy articles are like the edit post function ... very rare indeed.
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    BigBodZod , August 22, 2012 11:15 PM
    Hey, I guess eMule is not dead after all.
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    therabiddeer , August 22, 2012 11:16 PM
    dalethepcmanI'm down voting you because you are reading it wrong, being an ass, grammar Nazi and Troll. Just my 2cents.Let me make the words simple for you, since you seem to understand the concept of writing, but not the content."saying the move is part of an effort to engage with younger generations as opposed to catering to the always-on tourists that can't bear to be away from a WiFi connection."=This change was to cater to the younger generation, not to cater to the always online tourist. Both groups benefit from this, but they were specifically targeting the younger generation.

    The younger generation IS the always on generation, though. And why mention it at all if both parties have the same interest? There is no contrast there at all.

    Perhaps "in spite of" would be better usage. "part of an effort to engage with younger generations in spite of the always-on tourists that can't bear to be away..."
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    spamu2 , August 23, 2012 12:10 AM
    TheRabidDeerThen there is the an historical/a historical at the beginning, while both are TECHNICALLY right... I still think it should be a historical because I pronounce the h (though you may not).Downrate all you want, I just wanted to put my 2 cents out there.


    Starting out the article with that was like a kick in the teeth. Don't worry, Rabid. We have Merriam-Webster on our side:

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historic
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    fazers_on_stun , August 23, 2012 12:20 AM
    Hmm, guess watching pR0n broadcast from the arse of an ass takes on a whole new meaning :p .
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    subasteve5800 , August 23, 2012 12:48 AM
    I think the meaning of "mobile hotspot" got lost in translation.
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    alextheblue , August 23, 2012 1:11 AM
    azraaIm so going to hell x)I pictured Jesus giving out wifi instead of a sermon, on a donkey, being followed by a mass of wifi-starved people with their notebooks... and palm leaves.
    "Let there be light! Also, a bunch of other electromagnetic wavelengths, like radio."
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    alextheblue , August 23, 2012 1:16 AM
    subasteve5800I think the meaning of "mobile hotspot" got lost in translation.
    My donkey ran off and took my WiFi with it. What an inconsiderate ass!
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    mousseng , August 23, 2012 1:54 AM
    therabiddeerThe younger generation IS the always on generation, though.

    The second group was specifically identified as "tourists;" this indicates to me that Mr. Goldberg was talking about the younger generations in Israel, and not the younger generation of tourists. Now, I don't know much about the demographics of Israel, but I'd venture to say it's possible that the youths (especially in that village itself) don't quite have the same attachment (or even access) to the internet that we do in the west.
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    JamesSneed , August 23, 2012 2:12 AM
    What?

    -Sent from my ass
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    nebun , August 23, 2012 2:24 AM
    really?...such stupidity...are you telling me that people can't get away from technology for a few hours and enjoy life?...sad, very sad.
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    freggo , August 23, 2012 3:39 AM
    Now I know why we have only 10 Commandments!

    They had AT&T service on the mountain top and Moses ran out of his monthly download allowance :-)
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    mrmike_49 , August 23, 2012 6:51 AM
    I've heard the expression "...talking out his ass
    , now we can say "texting out his ass" ??
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    LordConrad , August 23, 2012 7:10 AM
    $200 a month for a mobile hotspot, my ass!
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    Reynod , August 23, 2012 10:30 AM

    The smart thing to do would be to fit them to every Public Bus on the clipper Line around the city.

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