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May 10, 2002

Are you ready for the coming extinction?
BBC | Submitted by: sharkbyte
"According to Dr Arnon Dar, of the Technion Space Research Institute, Israel, a particular type of exploding star going off anywhere in our region of the Universe would devastate our planet... The latest statistics suggest once every one hundred million years or so, we will be unlucky. Curiously, this is about the rate of global extinctions on Earth."

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Destruction is hard
The Atlantic | Submitted by: Soylent
An interesting piece on the history of intentional destruction. "In 1862 the poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti lost his wife, Elizabeth, to an overdose of laudanum; stricken with grief, he gathered up his unpublished poems and placed them in her coffin. Rossetti came to regret this act. Seven years later he had Elizabeth's body exhumed, and retrieved the poetry."

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Dirty Dirty Computers
VNUnet | Submitted by: Soylent
"A study by University of Arizona microbiologist Chuck Gerba demonstrated that the average workstation has 400 times more bacteria than the average loo." Loo is English for toilet.

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Fake highway sign as masterpiece
Los Angeles Times | Submitted by: nailed
"The 46-year-old Los Angeles artist designed, built and installed an addition to an overhead freeway sign, to exact state specifications, to help guide motorists on the sometimes confusing transition to the northbound Golden State Freeway a couple miles farther north."

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Bill Gates's latest shakedown plan
The Register | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
Now, even the computerless aren't safe from the evil tentacles of the MicroSoft Empire, according to the Register: "The objectives of the campus agreement, according to Microsoft, are to 'count people, not computers... to run the most current software versions [and to make] significant savings on software and licensing and a simple annual payment.' The agreement can also be extended to cover students, so institutions signing up will inevitably end up paying for software licences for people who don't want or need to run the software, or who don't want or have computers." In other words, whether you want to or not, if you're a student in a British university, you're paying Bill Gates for the privilege--even if you never touch a computer the entire time you're there.

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Masturbating mugger can't stop jerking it
New York Post | Submitted by: itchy lice
"The so-called masturbating mugger, a fiend who stalks young women before robbing them of their cash and jewelry and sexually satisfying himself in their presence, has struck for the 14th time, police said yesterday."

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Hearts, brains and genitals for sale
Africa Online | Submitted by: Africa Online
"An expert at the South African Centre for Human Rights, Anthony Minnaar, says the trade is driven by the belief that human body parts can make powerful traditional medicine, known locally as muti."

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'Die, you witch' victim told
iAfrica | Submitted by: Wabbleflap
"A former journalist allegedly said, "Die you witch," as he hacked his 70-year-old mother to death with a panga [a heavy curved knife], an Umtata High Court judge heard on Wednesday."

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Parents Bake Son In Sun For 'Mouthing Off'
myCFnow | Submitted by: Rio
The 12-year-old boy was allegedly duct taped to a lawn chair and left in the sun for two-and-a-half hours for mouthing off to his mother. Police said that boy was badly sunburned. He also had bruises on his wrists and ankles and adhesive from the tape on parts of his body.

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The Day of the Orgasm
Independent Online | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"..The (Brazillian) town of 35 000, Esperantina, in northern Piaui Province, celebrated the Day of the Orgasm with flowers, signs, and seminars with experts, including prostitutes. Orgasm is a gift of God, said one sign...An "orgasm urn" was placed on the main square of town - for collecting anonymous opinions and suggestions and questions."

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Wife sells dying man's Oxys to pay for funeral
Naples Daily News | Submitted by: CrazyGirl
"Police have accused a Leesburg, Fla., woman of selling her ailing husband's pain medicine just a day before he died here in his home state... The pills, which include 80-gram OxyContin tablets, have a street value of $10,000, [Detective] Brown said."

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