One day, two ends of the evolutionary ladder: reaching for the stars, treed by pigs

Is there an honorable mention for a Darwin Award?

High-tech attacks defending WikiLeaks and the first commercial space launch show how high on the evolutionary ladder humans have climbed. Unfortunately, we don't spend all our time there.

Two examples from the news this morning:

The high end of the evolutionary ladder:

Privately built rocket reaches orbit and returns safely; may bring spaceflight to the masses.

The other end:

French woman chased up tree by wild pigs. She got stuck in the tree after falling six feet while climbing down and called for rescue with a GPS-enabled cell phone. Rescuers decided the only way to remove her from the tree safely was by helicopter.

No word on the fate of the pigs. If there were a word on the fate of the pigs, it should be this one rôti de sanglier.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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