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October 04, 2001

Florida Man with Anthrax
Associated Press | Submitted by: Soylent
A man in his early sixties is in a Florida hospital with a case of pulmonary anthrax, one of only 18 cases ever reported in the United States. It is thought that the case is not related to recent terrorist interest in the toxin. This case will probably be fatal.

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Unguarded Soviet Anthrax Dump
London Telegraph | Submitted by: Soylent
"Now divided between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the island was abandoned nearly 10 years ago, but enough anthrax spores remain to kill the world's population several times. It is buried in metal drums a few feet below the surface."

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It wasn't a penis after all
Rocky Mountain News | Submitted by: Soylent
After that story about the penis being found in the fruit drink swept the internet into a peni-phobic frenzy, police are now claiming that the "penis" is actually "mold or bacteria". This is of course consistent with the revelation that the Ora Potency Fruit Punch in question was over a year old, but how so many people, some of them with penises themselves, could be fooled in this debacle remains a mystery.

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Stasi Stole Jew Gold Teeth
Times | Submitted by: Soylent
During the 1970's the East German secret police, the Stasi, exhumed 600 Jews killed by the Nazi's to remove their gold teeth. In all 2.3 pounds of gold were removed from the remains dug up at Sachsenhausen near Berlin.

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Transylvania can't use Dracula Image
BBC | Submitted by: Soylent
The rights to Dracula are apparently not owned by his historical homeland but instead by a Hollywood Studio, the Romanian government has found. Dracula is based on a real character, modified by a 1897 gothic novel, and then further changed by Universal Studios. And the Studio is now claiming that Romania must license rights to the image, for evermore. [It is high time we fight back against these studio cartels and limit copyrights to 56 years, as they were originally intended.]

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Will The Real Hijackers Please Stand Up
Times of India | Submitted by: Soylent
"The message to the ATC, which said the plane had been hijacked, was promptly passed on to the pilots who locked the cockpit. All the while, passengers thought the hijackers were inside the cockpit while the pilots were under the impression that the hijackers were with the passengers."

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Infoseek Founder Wants Brainscan Anti Terror
The Register | Submitted by: Soylent
The totally fucking nutball founder of Infoseek (acquired by Disney) is promulgating the idea of using brain wave scans to detect and defeat hijackers. He wants people who intend to participate in air travel to submit to mandatory brain testing every few years, in which images are flashed at them and electric brain wave responses measured in a "scientifically established" manner.

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