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May 22, 2002

Semen a natural antidepressant
New York Post | Submitted by: SeMeN SPeRmS
"Women who have unprotected sex frequently are less likely to be depressed than those who do not, a new study claims... Apparently, semen contains hormones and other chemicals that enter a woman's bloodstream and may act like an antidepressant." Holy shit!

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Papyrus library at Pompeii
Forbes | Submitted by: Soylent
"Eight distinguished British and American classicists are calling for the immediate resumption of excavation at the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum in Southern Italy. In a letter published in The London Times, they warned that flooding now poses a "grave danger" to the site and its precious library of ancient manuscripts. They also fear that damage could result from further volcanic eruptions or earthquakes."

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Who stole WTC's Thinker?
Guardian | Submitted by: Soylent
"A 28-inch bronze cast of Rodin's most famous work fell to earth after terrorists slammed a jetliner into the north tower on Sept. 11. It turned up in the debris along with assorted remnants of other Rodins displayed in the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald bond trading firm. But the 19th century sculpture later disappeared, raising suspicions it was stolen."

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Never ever threaten anyone on IRC. Ever.
U.S. Department of Justice | Submitted by: kade
"The hacker group to which Miller belonged was responsible for denial of service attacks on the Undernet Internet Relay Chat network. One of the denial of service attacks, which occurred on October 21, 2000, resulted in the inability of approximately 150 customers to use their accounts, resulting in financial losses. According to the criminal complaint that was filed in this case, it is alleged that Miller's hacker group conspired to initiate denial of service attacks against the Undernet after they were banned from the Undernet for using the server to trade their hacking tools."

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Jupiter Has More Moons
Space.com | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
"A team of researchers announced today the discovery of 11 new moons around Jupiter, adding to nearly a dozen they found last year and bringing the total known satellites of the gas giant planet to 39." (This would mean that Jovian women would have a period EVERY DAY! AAAAAGH!)

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Eye gouger asking for release
ABC TV affiliates | Submitted by: anonymous
"She says Nathan Campbell burst into her apartment and began choking her. Then he cut out her eye with a knife. Campbell says voices told him to kill West because she was a demon. Campbell was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and has been institutionalized ever since."

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Tracking what's cool
AdAge | Submitted by: Gweeds
"Conversely, a client might ask Look-Look to check the coolness quotient of a product. After the small army is canvassed with online polls and surveys, the results are arranged into categories such as eating and drinking, fashion, mood and even spirituality. "The turnaround," said Ms. Lee, "can be as little as 48 hours."

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Gruesome, greasy, gratuitous death scene
Guardian | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
The BBC has been inundated with complaints about a graphic scene in the new TV drama Spooks in which one of the characters suffered a gruesome death in a deep fat fryer. More than 100 viewers telephoned to protest about the scene in which Helen, a young MI5 trainee played by Lisa Faulkner, is captured and murdered after an undercover operation goes wrong. Viewers saw the character's hand being plunged into a deep fat fryer as her captor, a rightwing extremist, tries to extort information about MI5 workers from her partner, played by Matthew Macfadyen. After he refuses, their captors are shown plunging Helen's head into the boiling oil before the camera cuts away. Seconds later she is shown being shot in the head.

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Magnet Crazed Kids
Reuters UK | Submitted by: LadyC
"In a craze that spread through the northern city of Sheffield, children held the magnets onto their faces and genitals by placing another magnet inside their mouths, noses or on the other side of their organs, so as to look as if they had body piercings, the report said."

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Iran casts dragnet for Barbie
Australia Daily Telegraph | Submitted by: Ross
"Iranian police are combing the shelves for the perky ambassador of American culture. The doll's uneasy sojourn in the Islamic Republic could be drawing to a close. Agents have been confiscating Barbie from toy stores since a vague proclamation earlier this month denouncing the un-Islamic sensibilities of the idol of girls worldwide, shopkeepers said today."

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Man eats woman's flesh to cure erection
Independent Online | Submitted by: Monkey-Za
"A Nigerian man has been arrested after he killed a woman and ate her stewed intestines in a bid to cure an abnormally persistent erection, police said on Wednesday... "He cooked them like a sort of stew and ate them with pounded yam."

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2,000 dead dogs found buried on property
myCFnow | Submitted by: Rio
"Investigators discovered the buried remains of up to 2,000 animals, including hundreds of greyhound racing dogs, and a man admitted killing them for profit over 40 years. Baldwin County District Attorney David Whetstone said he was considering criminal charges against Rhodes, who said he has been shooting greyhounds at a charge of $10 per animal and burying them on his property."

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The Man Who Loved Cat-Shitting
Kingston Whig-Standard | Submitted by: BigJagov
"Belleville police say they have arrested the 'Green Goblin', the man police believe sent more than 100 envelopes containing cat feces and human urine to doctors, fast food businesses and media outlets in Belleville."

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Anthrax: an inside job?
Counterpunch | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"While some of the anthrax the terrorist sent was spoiled during delivery, one sample appears to have come through intact. The letter received by Senator Tom Daschle contained one trillion anthrax spores per gram: a concentration which only a very few US government scientists, using a secret and strictly controlled technique, know how to achieve. It must, moreover, have been developed in a professional laboratory, containing rare and sophisticated "weaponization" equipment. There is only a tiny number of facilities, all of them in the US, in which it could have been produced."

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Coca-Cola Flat on that Fresh Cola Taste?
Wire Services | Submitted by: z0rak187
The good folks at CocaCola are suspected of repackaging soda that is about to expire and selling it to minority neighborhoods at a substantial discount. "They'd lower the price and ship them to the black and Hispanic area stores." Llewellyn Hamilton, Coca-Cola employee talking about delivery practices. So what exactly was that floating in my Coke from 3 months ago?

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Hate on CD-ROM
Wired | Submitted by: Cannabis Kid
''The Simon Wiesenthal Center released a CD-ROM in Toronto today titled Digital Hate 2002. The disc collects more than 200 websites containing animated hate games, online enrollment for suicide bombers, and "other examples of transnational hate and promotion of terror after the 9/11 terrorist attacks." ''

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Mutilated Pussy Pic Poster Pinched
Mainichi Daily News | Submitted by: Cannabis Kid
"A man who posted photos of a mutilated cat on one of Japan's largest Internet chat sites was identified and will face charges, police said Wednesday." He said "I wanted to be a star on the Net".

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Flaming squirrels spark wildfire
KING-TV 5 Seattle | Submitted by: Ida Fuchter
"A wildfire ignited by flaming squirrels that got zapped on a high-voltage line burned 638 acres of brush and grass on Red Mountain, fire officers in Benton County, Wash., said."

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Japanese extinction predicted
Japan Today | Submitted by: Cannabis Kid
"Japanese will become extinct unless the nation's birthrate stops falling, Health Minister Chikara Sakaguchi said on Tuesday. Commenting on a slumping birthrate which means Japan's population of 127 million could start shrinking in 2007, he told a news conference: "If we go on this way, the Japanese race will become extinct."

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