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December 25, 2001

Christmas rage spreading
Reuters | Submitted by: Soylent
Two ladies enter. One lady leave: "In the turkey incident, two unidentified women were said to have tussled over the last turkey in a supermarket in the town of Barry, with, inevitably, only one emerging victorious."

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Stealing artist's work: Priceless
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: Soylent
Mastercard sent rotten.com cease & desist letters last year demanding that we remove our "Priceless" parodies, citing violation of trademark. But Mastercard felt it was OK to steal the creative ideas of two Minneapolis guys and use them in a massive nationwide advertising campaign without any compensation or recognition whatsoever. Priceless.

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Marsupial incineration ends badly
Daytona Beach News-Journal | Submitted by: Soylent
"Fire Lieutenant Larry Morgan said the man told fire rescue workers he killed the opossum, which had been coming onto the couple's property on Berkshire Road, then followed a neighbor's advice to burn the carcass. The man said that as he fed the flames with gasoline, he tripped, fell backward and splashed gas on his girlfriend's right leg, which caught fire."

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India sniffing all internet email
Times of India | Submitted by: Soylent
India intends to expand their email sniffing to include any people sending emails which repeatedly use words from a list provided by their Intelligence Bureau. Of course, now that this has been made public, the real bad guys will be expected to shift to encrypted email, or off-country email sites which use an encrypted connection. Of course, this is a reaction to a terrorist attack (on their Parliament), but it's on the same order as the U.S. leaking that we are listening to Osama bin Laden's satellite phone transmissions: the usage patterns change when we tell them we're listening.

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Swastikas carved on face in chatroom attack
Associated Press | Submitted by: Gweeds
Internet chat room attack: "The girl was sexually assaulted, robbed and had swastikas carved into her cheek and forehead with a knife, police said. She was treated and released early Friday from a nearby hospital, Sgt. Tom Little said."

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English world language
Economist | Submitted by: Soylent
"Some 380m people speak it as their first language and perhaps two-thirds as many again as their second. A billion are learning it, about a third of the world's population are in some sense exposed to it and by 2050, it is predicted, half the world will be more or less proficient in it."

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