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    Posted by Rupa Haria 12:45 PM on Dec 02, 2011

    A dead rat, a flying shark, Mr Magoo and a forgetful COO for customers. It's strange, but true...with a few photos and videos to keep you awake.

    Who killed Rico?

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    Air New Zealand's marketing rat with a dodgy accent, seen here sharing a moment with Lindsay Lohan, finally got killed off

    Air New Zealand’s controversial furry rat (of South American descent) has been killed off by the airline’s marketing department, but not before one last piece of viral marketing: in a Hasbro Cluedo-style online game, Air New Zealand is trying to pin the blame on a host of personalities including Guilana Rancic, Holly Madison and Richard Simmons. 

    In memory of Rico, here’s a video of the rat performing a rap with one of the suspects, Snoop Dogg.

    Staying with the animal theme, Japan’s All Nippon Airways this week announced the name of its new pilot training scheme: panda Flight Academy (perhaps an odd choice given the species is on the verge of extinction and it is Chinese).

    And over in Toulouse, Airbus has been busy hunting down fuel burn with a rather cheesy-looking shark jaw decaled onto the aircraft.

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    Meanwhile, Airbus has been crying “no fair” over the recent Boeing/Lion Air deal. Oops, did someone forget about a certain Chinese deal involving President Sarkozy? Read more on our own Things With Wings blog.

    Ever wondered what would happen when a short-sighted 80-year old attempts an emergency landing? The Daily Mail likened this lucky pilot to the cartoon character, Mr Magoo, after he failed to land in a field, instead heading straight into a tree in Poland.

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    Offence probably this animated parody, Taiwanese web site Next Media Animation ( offers its own take on American Airlines’ bankruptcy protection filing.

    And finally, thanks to Aerospace International’s editor Tim Robinson - @RaeSTimR – for finding this photo on of the more humorous side of the killing business.

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    Have a good weekend!

    Tags: tw99, om99, ba99

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