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July 08, 2002

Chicken nugget confidential
Guardian | Submitted by: Noxos
Many people eat chicken nuggets from McDonald's, KFC, or the ilk. But do you really know what goes into these things? Generally they are about 15% skin, and the in castes of nuggets, the untouchables are truly frightening: "mechanically recovered meat (MRM), which is obtained by pushing the carcass through a giant teabag-like screen to produce a slurry of protein, then bound back together with polyphosphates and gums." Food via slurry is always best.

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Mounties convicted of fruiting city police
Reuters | Submitted by: madbastard
"The two of you are a disgrace to every RCMP officer in Canada and to every peace officer in Canada," Manitoba Judge, Arnold Connor, was quoted as telling David Dauphinee, 52, and Daniel Dauphinee, 51, by newspapers that attended the trial."

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Lobstermen search for better bait
Newsday | Submitted by: Florida Ethnarch
Scientists and lobstermen are trying to devise a longer-lasting and cheaper bait than the traditional herring. This article mentions many baits that have actually been tried, and some are, uh, unusual. Example: used automobile oil filters.

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Amateur video catches police beating
myCFnow | Submitted by: Rio
A home video shows Inglewood (part of Los Angeles) police officers giving a sixteen year old boy a good beatdown, slamming his head on a police cruiser and punching him in the face (while handcuffed). Luckily the event was filmed by a man who gave the tape to the media. With video.

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Whitebread couple have black twins
BBC | Submitted by: Jopy
A mix-up at a fertility clinic has led to a white couple having black twins, it is reported. "It is possible that sperm from a black patient was used in error to fertilise eggs from the white woman, or that an embryo was implanted in the wrong woman."

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Vets destroy drug-addicted elephant
online.ie | Submitted by: KC
"Vets in Thailand have put to death an elephant that went blind and suffered years of painful side-effects after being hooked on drugs by its owner... Its owner fed the synthetic stimulants to the animal to keep it awake at night so it could haul logs in an illegal lumber operation in a nearby jungle."

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Teen wins salt eating contest, dies
Tiscali World Online | Submitted by: anonymous
Fear and loathing in West Bengal.

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South Africa says HIV doesn't exist
Newsday | Submitted by: Mikya
It's all just a figment of your imagination says the South African Gov't. "The minister of health for South Africa yesterday called drugs used to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child poison. When free drugs have been offered by humanitarian organizations, the government has argued that HIV simply may not exist. In comments later she said, with obvious rage, "We will implement because we are forced to implement."

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They practice on animals first
Guardian | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"One former poaching companion told police that Taylor seemed to take great pleasure in inflicting pain on a rabbit he caught, then killing and mutilating it. In his garden, police discovered the skeletons of four dogs, the skull of one dog had been totally crushed."

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Insomnia epedemic for Iran?
Toronto Star | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"Husband killing is a new phenomenon in Iran's male-dominated society. It means economic hardships and social crises are reaching a crisis point," said sociologist Mohammad Ahmadi... Others blame restrictive divorce laws that leave women feeling murder is the only way out of a bad marriage."

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Honey, I can explain
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Submitted by: bammer
What could be more fun than reading in your local paper details from your husband's new marriage license. This isn't even in West Virginia!

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Woman proves fidelity with hot iron
ABC News | Submitted by: Oskar
"After a marital row with her husband of one month, Sangeeta Sauda, 20, was asked to prove that she was as pure as the Hindu goddess Sita by holding a red hot iron and remaining unhurt in front of 300 elders of her Khanjar tribal community." She claims to have done this voluntarily, and we believe it simply because it's not unsafe at all: "With her hands smeared with turmeric and wrapped in fig leaves, Sauda held the iron for a few seconds before tossing it away."

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