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April 13, 2002

Melbourne sports massive fecal stockpile
Herald Sun | Submitted by: mark knipe
"Melbourne is groaning under the weight of almost two million tonnes of stockpiled faeces. The pile, which is growing by about 80,000 tonnes every year across Victoria, in some areas dates back 50 years. Dotted around 22 Melbourne suburbs, as well as rural towns, it is unknown whether the dried excrement poses a health or environmental risk."

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The best obituary ever
London Telegraph | Submitted by: Klaw
"Graham Mason, the journalist who has died aged 59, was in the 1980s the drunkest man in the Coach and Horses, the pub in Soho where, in the half century after the Second World War, a tragicomedy was played out nightly by its regulars... At lunchtime he would walk through the door of the Coach and Horses still trembling with hangover, his nose and ears blue whatever the weather. On one cold day he complained of the noise that the snow made as it landed on his bald head."

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American Taliban souvenir photos
CNN | Submitted by: Euph
"The pictures apparently resemble souvenir photographs. One official who has seen the images Friday told CNN special forces are shown "posing" with their prisoner. Another source familiar with the photographs said a profanity is written across Walker's blindfold. The Geneva Convention prohibits activities that would humiliate prisoners."

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Boy has his brain in his nose
Aerztliche Praxis | Submitted by: anonymous
Article (in German) about a Burmese boy who suffers from a huge encephalomeningocelis, brain tissue in his nose. A "Friends of Asia" society are collecting money for his expensive operation. The article is complete with photograph and bank account number.

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$30M paid by IRS in slavery reparation fraud
Detroit News | Submitted by: anonymous
"The Internal Revenue Service, flooded by more than 100,000 tax returns seeking nonexistent slavery-tax credits, mistakenly paid out more than $30 million in erroneous refunds in 2000 and 2001. One IRS employee is under investigation for allegedly helping process returns that claimed the credit, officials said Friday. At least 12 current and former IRS employees, all low level workers in processing centers, applied to receive the credit."

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Police chief sets fire to impress girlfriend
TwinCities | Submitted by: Misro G.
"The police chief lauded for reporting the blaze was charged with setting it in a scheme to win back his ex-girlfriend by rescuing her from the flames. John Tuchek resigned hours before appearing in court Friday to face nine counts of first-degree arson and six counts of first-degree criminal damage to property in the Sunday-Monday fire, which destroyed two century-old buildings and the businesses and apartments each housed."

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