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Jeff Bezos' first proper test rocket has successfully launched

Jeff Bezos first proper test rocket has successfully launched


Elon Musk may be the most famous tech billionaire with an interest in spaceflight, but he's certainly not the only one. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also has a company, Blue Origin, which is doing similar research into reusable craft to get us to-and-from the heavens. The normally secretive outfit has just revealed that its first test vehicleNew Shepard, made arguably its most important, partially successful test flight yesterday. In the experiment, the priapic craft took an (empty) crew capsule to a height of 307,000 feet before releasing it to float gently back to earth.

Unfortunately there was a fault in New Shepard 1's hydraulic system, and so the company was "unable to recover" the propulsion module -- a polite euphemism for crashing into the desert. Thankfully, no-one was injured, and the business is already working on building a second and third New Shepard to continue testing the vertical takeoff, vertical landing vehicle. If successful, then it's likely that Bezos will look to offer governments a cheaper way of getting satellites, personnel and cargo into orbit, hopefully bringing us all a bit closer to the space taxi NASA's always been jonesing for.

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"priapic craft"

...which at this point are the toys of billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson.

Mere mention of the word priapic should get this stashed in your Phallus stash, right?

Also, do you know what the deal with Instagram and the Eggplant emoji is?

Do not interact with the offending (because provocative) vegetable!

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It gets stranger, though. While using one eggplant emoji will not yield a hashtag, combining it with others such as two eggplants — or the equally suggestive peach — is fine. (Check out the gallery below for examples.)

The banana, the corn and other phallic-shaped emoji were left free for users to tag at will.

Instagram confirmed the eggplant ban to Mashable via email. What we don't know is whether it constitutes an infringement of the Instagram guidelines, which bans nudity and “and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks.”

This isn't the first time Instagram has refused to let you use certain hashtags. Previously they've banned hashtags that were pornographic or illegal in nature such as #nude, #underwear or #weed.

So if you really must make a phallic reference, it's time to step up your banana and corn emoji game.

And to think, this all started with Jeff Bezos's rocket.

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