International Hitchhiking Robot Meets It’s Demise in Philly


Normally we reserve this blog post space for anyone trying to embarrass the rest of us Pittsburghers, making the area look bad or whatever.  But, we never miss a chance to pick on Philadelphia..,especially  when they are embarrassing ALL humans.

A robot, known as HitchBot on social media, was a social experiment which originated  in Canada. In true Canadian, fashion, HitchBot was to be passed around like the Stanley Cup. In its first two weeks, HitchBot had been around Canada, Europe and was just starting its tour through the United States.

HitchBot was dependent on humans to pass it around the world while it recorded it’s interactions. HtchBOT was designed to be a talking travel companion and could toss out factoids and carry limited conversation. A GPS in the robot tracked its location, and a camera snapped photos about every 20 minutes to document its adventures.

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Well, it saw some of the East Coast and then it ended up in Philly… and I mean.. ENDED UP… as in never got out of the place because it’s now in pieces.

Now I realize we don’t really hate EVERYONE in Philly…mainly its just people in Flyers and Phillies jerseys and, sometimes, when the team intermittently becomes  relevant, people in Eagles jerseys.  But, whomever disassembled ol’ HitchBot should be hated at the level of someone in a Flyers Jersey with “I Love Cleveland” across the name area on the back and a “there is no Santa” tattoo on their forehead OR to the level that most Pittsburghers suddenly hated Marlon Byrd and the Cincinnati Reds yesterday.

Hey Philly,  thank GAWD you won’t get your hand on the Stanley Cup anytime soon.  To be honest, its probably good Phil Bourque didn’t get his hands on HitchBot at Mario Lemeiux’s pool too!  But, since you’re in the we-tear-limbs-off-of-visiting-robots mind set, we’d be happy to send NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman over there if you promise to greet him the way ya did HitchBot, Ya Jaaaaaaaaaagggggggoooooooooffs!!!


Thanks to @NYCMusicNerd for hitting us up about this and being our Honorary Jagoff Catcher for today!

Another Year


Another year just went flying by. I know it’s not the end of the year. I wasn’t confused by Christmas in July and think its New Year’s in August. I’m not senile. I don’t think I am anyway, although we’ll get to that in a moment. I’m talking about my time on this earth. A birthday looms on the horizon. I will be leaving an age I don’t want to be to advance to an age I really don’t want to be.

It’s all downhill once you hit about thirty-five, so I‘ve been on the declining slope for a while now. I’ve never really thought about getting old. I don’t have a bucket list or anything. What’s the deal with those anyway? People get older and start making lists of all the things they want to do before they leave this world. Some actually try to hasten death by taking up dangerous activities like sky-diving or running with the bulls. I don’t need the internet buzzing with a story about the stupid way that I died.

There are enough dumb ways to kill yourself if that’s what you’re looking for. One recent example was the guy lighting fireworks from his head on the fourth of July. I know it’s soon, it wasn’t even a month ago, but still. My sympathy to his family and all but why would anybody think this was a good idea? Maybe it wasn’t explained to him correctly. I’m sure the family will have a lawsuit against the fireworks manufacturer for not giving proper warning.

“Do not place explosive mortar on head when lighting.”

I mean, you would think that was a given but…

Instead of a list of dangerous stunts I thought it would be fun to do some of the things I did when I was younger. Things I don’t do anymore. My wife and I used to go to the movies at least once a week when we were dating but I can’t remember the last time we went. On one of our first dates we went to see “Vacation,” a comedy about a family going cross country to visit “Wally World.” It would be nice to see a movie like that. I checked to see what’s playing at my local Cineplex. The first thing I see is “Vacation”, a movie about a family going cross country to visit “Wally World.”

After racing over to see my doctor, he assured me that I hadn’t lost the ability to distinguish between the past and present. There is in fact a movie called “Vacation” playing right now. What a relief. I thought for sure my mind was gone. It turns out it’s just that Hollywood can’t come up with an original idea and keeps remaking the same crap.

My doctor asks,

“What year is it?”


“You see, there’s nothing wrong with you.”

“Yeah, ok I’m fine for now but it’s just a matter of time. Who knows what the future brings? It could happen next week or next year. 2016 is an election year. That could throw anybody off the deep end! What if that’s when I no longer know where I am? I could be walking around living in the past. I could think it’s 1992 and the Presidential candidates are Bush and Clinton!”

The doctor pulled out his prescription pad.

So now I don’t care if I’m getting older. I don’t care what’s at the movies or who is President. I’m not worried about dying or some stupid bucket list. I’m in my happy place.

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