In case you thought Philadelphia was softening up . . . nope.
Two weeks ago, researchers from Ryerson University in Toronto started an experiment to see if a ROBOT could hitchhike across America. They called it 'hitchBOT,' and put it by the side of the road in Boston with a sign saying "San Francisco or Bust!"
Obviously they hoped different people would take interest, and gradually drive it all the way to California. It came with a bucket list of places to visit . . . like Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon . . . and could answer simple questions.
And they had good reason to be optimistic . . . it's already made trips across Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Things started out pretty well too. The robot made it to Fenway, visited three cities in Massachusetts, hung out on a fishing boat, and got all the way to Times Square.
Unfortunately it wound up in Philadelphia this weekend, where people DESTROYED it . . . stole the electronics inside . . . and took its HEAD. The researchers said they're regrouping and that, quote, "bad things happen to good robots."
The wrestling world has barely gotten over the death of DUSTY RHODES in June, but now there's another, even greater, loss to contend with.
"ROWDY" RODDY PIPER died in his sleep Thursday night after suffering a heart attack. He was 61 years old. Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006, but was reportedly cancer-free at the time of his death.
Roddy was from Canada, but he played up his Scottish heritage, wearing a kilt to the ring and coming out to bagpipe music. He was born Roderick Toombs, and he wrestled his first match when he was 15.
Piper's influence on the wrestling business . . . especially when it comes to BAD GUYS . . . can't be overstated. He was fearless, unpredictable, and one of the best talkers in the history of the business.
His feud with HULK HOGAN and MR. T back in the '80s, which also involved CYNDI LAUPER, put pro wrestling on the map, and was the main attraction of the first Wrestlemania back in 1985.
But it's possible that he'll be best remembered for his TV interview segment, "Piper's Pit" . . . especially the episode where he smashed a coconut over the head of JIMMY "SUPERFLY" SNUKA.
(WARNING!!! This feels a little racist by today's standards, but remember . . . Piper was playing the villain.)
Piper also did some acting. His most famous film was JOHN CARPENTER's sci-fi classic "They Live" from 1988. The movie included the classic line, "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass . . . and I'm all outta bubblegum."