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August 26, 2002

City to tax rainwater
Winona Daily News | Submitted by: Greg
"Starting next year, rainwater will no longer be free in the city of Winona. While it hasn't figured out how to tax air or sex, beginning in 2003 the Winona City Council will charge city property owners for the rain that falls on their land."

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Library may collect web porn
News Corporation | Submitted by: Taint
"The National Library of Australia may soon start collecting pornographic websites. The electronic librarian, Mr Crook, said the erotica collection was a valuable part of the library. But he says the library would not collect the material for the salacious enjoyment of the contemporary reader." Mmm hmm.

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Insurer to halt rude passwords
Aftenposten | Submitted by: wingnut
"A Porsgrunn man was stunned to learn that the new password to access his account with insurers It was... rather rude. Your password is: trrekukk," the letter reads, the key word being roughly equivalent to 'wooden penis'."

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Three percent of US adults are in jail or probation
Wire Services | Submitted by: bammer
"The overall figures suggest that we've come to rely on the criminal justice system as a way of responding to social problems in a way that's unprecedented." Thanks to the tough love approach and removal of civil liberties under Governor George Bush, Texas had more adults under correctional supervision than any other state, 755,100. That doesn't even include the evildoers at Enron yet.

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NAACP to boycott its own museum
Charleston Post-Courier | Submitted by: ian m.
"NAACP will, unless something changes, encourage people not to come. The group's economic boycott against South Carolina will continue until the Confederate flag comes down from in front of the state Capitol, officials say... The Rev. Joseph Darby, who is on the museum's planning committee and who is vice-president of the state NAACP, said the museum would not receive an exception from the boycott. "If the museum were open today, it would fall under interstate tourism, so it would be one of the things that's stayed away from."

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Australian anti-adultery cult
Guardian | Submitted by: Projunior
"They dress in black and disguise their identities with bandannas and sunglasses. Their logo is an image of the Southern Cross constellation, superimposed with a pair of crossed boomerangs, which resembles a swastika. The Blackshirts are former husbands aggrieved by their treatment at the hands of their ex-wives and the courts, who regard themselves as the vanguard of a "men's rights" movement in Australia and say that their actions will be remembered as marking a turning-point in history."

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Man and 3 boys turned to bones by sufuric crash
Straits Times | Submitted by: CJ
"A farmer and three children were burnt to death in central China by sulphuric acid when the pedicab they were on collided with a truck carrying 10 tonnes of the chemical.Within minutes of the crash, Mr Li Yanbiao and two boys were reduced to bones by the concentrated acid which spurted out from a huge container lying on the back part of the truck."

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Speeding up evolution
New Scientist | Submitted by: pete the anarchist
"Virtual creatures, with muscles, senses and primitive nervous systems, have been "grown" from artificial embryos in a computer simulation. The multi-celled organisms could be the first step towards using artificial evolution to create intelligent life from scratch."

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Fisherman reels in human head
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Rio
"A Fort Pierce, Fla., man out fishing with his son and a friend made a gruesome discovery in the waters of the Atlantic: a human head. Paul Trabulsy and his friends used a gaff to fish the head out of the water and placed it in a garbage bag. Then they kept right on fishing. "We didn't want to come in right away, so we just put it in a bag in a bucket. It'd been out there awhile. What's a couple of hours?"

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Man averts holy war by vandalizing statue
Indianapolis Star | Submitted by: Monon rider
"Schroeder says that by attacking the Pan [statue], he is somehow helping avert a civil war between Protestants and pagans. He says he was recently divorced after 20 years of marriage, has two teenaged children and lives in his vehicle, an '86 Ford Bronco. He says he does not currently have a job. He is earnest. He clearly believes what he says about pagans running the government and about his desire to "drive them from power." He says he is neither paranoid nor delusional but concedes mental health personnel have judged him as such."

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Exploding tomato paste kills man
Bakersfield Californian | Submitted by: optional
"The employee, Jesus Gabriel Meza of Wasco, was cleaning up a tomato-paste spill when a crate containing a sealed bag with 3,000 pounds of tomato paste exploded, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Department coroner's division. The explosion caused other crates that were stacked to fall in a domino effect. At least one crate fell on Meza, who was trapped and crushed in the paste."

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Satellite tracks goose to eskimo's freezer
BBC | Submitted by: JON BLAST
"A goose fitted with a 3,000 electronic transmitter to chart its migration has been tracked 4,500 miles by satellite, to an Eskimo hunter's freezer... after knocking on the door, researchers were led to his freezer where Kerry lay after being shot, still wearing his bleeping transmitter."

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Dispatch, need some TP, 10-4...
Sun | Submitted by: Halifax
A Notts, UK police officer discovered, after using the bowl at a local supermarket, that there was no toilet paper in sight... so he radioed for help. Four bobbies turned up within minutes. This at the same time that the force was under fire after failing to answer hundreds of calls over the June bank holiday weekend, blaming a lack of resources. Article complete with photo of toilet in question.

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Deleware develops Ministry of Love
Houston Chronicle | Submitted by: reason
Another anti-Delaware story! "Police in Delaware are trying to get a head-start on cracking crimes before they happen by setting up a database that contains a list of people who officers believe are likely to break the law. Defense attorneys and the American Civil Liberties Union oppose the database, which lists names, addresses and photographs of the potential suspects, many of whom have clean slates."

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Scaring them Straight to the Pearly Gates
NPR | Submitted by: confusion
"Hell House depicts what the Pentecostal church considers to be sins: a girl having an abortion... another taking drugs at a rave, getting raped, then killing herself... a boy committing suicide in a classroom. In each elaborately staged scene, Satan taunts the sinner, and then drags him or her off to hell. The aim is to save souls through fear."

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Farmer's heavy artillery annoys neighbors
Dayton Daily News | Submitted by: Idle Hands
"Ben and Anita Todorov, residents of Union Twp., said they are tired of neighbor and Mason resident Butch Schappacher setting off a cannon during sweet corn season. The cannon ignites a burst of propane, causing a boom to scare birds away from his 12-acre crop...According to the Todorovs, the cannon sounds every 60 seconds from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Schappacher said he runs the cannon as little as possible during the growing season."

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