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September 17, 2002

Gay flies the new hot date
New Scientist | Submitted by: DEUCE
"A mere change in temperature is all it takes for the males of a new line of genetically engineered flies to switch from being heterosexual to suddenly courting other males. The switch occurs within minutes and is fully reversible, meaning scientists have for the first time a system they can manipulate to study how some brain regions may be involved in determining sexual orientation."

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Artists mad at recording industry
USA Today | Submitted by: Soylent
"Producer Steve Albini, trashing label practices in The Baffler magazine, outlines a hypothetical but typical record deal that bestows a $250,000 advance on a young band. The album sells 250,000 copies, earning $710,000 for the label. The band, after repaying expenses ranging from recording fees and video budgets to catering, wardrobe and tour bus costs, is left $14,000 in the hole on royalties."

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Australia far more wiretapped than USA
Australian | Submitted by: Soylent
"Police are being given authority to tap telephone conversations at such an unprecedented rate that Australians are 20 times more likely to be bugged than Americans. But despite the rate of tapping increasing ninefold over the past decade, the ability of Australian authorities to secure convictions as a result of listening to telephone calls is lower than in the US."

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Iceman's final meal
BBC | Submitted by: Boat6float
"The last two meals eaten by the 5,300-year-old iceman, dubbed Oetzi, have been revealed by scientists... We were very impressed by the quality of the meals he had. The diet of people living at this time included rabbit, rats, squirrel; all sorts of things. But the iceman, in his last two meals, had red deer and ibex meat."

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London face, London booty
Sun | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"The event ended with a three bum-salute in honour of The Sunís homage to the derriere. Models at catwalk shows for designers Scott Henshall and Richard Kinloch bared their booty in front of packed audiences, proving bums are definitely the new black."

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Police terror at Eagles-Redskins game
Wire Services | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
Although not mentioned in the article, there was concern that a terrorist had released a bio- or chemo-weapon behind the Eagles' bench. "Players and fans in the stands on that side of the field held their hands over their faces." It turned out to be police pepper spray trying to break up a fight.

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Maine buses offer in-house pickup
Portland Press Herald | Submitted by: Evan
It appears that buses in Maine will now pick your kids up at your door or even in your bedroom: "A Bonny Eagle school bus driver crashed her busload of students into a house on Monday, after losing control of the vehicle when she hurt herself lunging to catch a falling cup of soda." Great pictures.

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Hot coffin babes
Wire Services | Submitted by: Crampon
"One Italian funeral home is trying to make the afterlife a tad more tempting by using bikini-clad women to sell its coffins... "Unfortunately the site hasn't helped sales much, because we mostly get calls from far away places like Greece and Spain instead of Rome," Tenara told Reuters."

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Calendars from Hell
Fox News | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"At least three different calendars featuring ordinary folks in their birthday suits will help spice up 2003: one of local businessmen in Brattleboro, Vt.; another of female wool spinners in Maine; and a third of farmers in Sweden..."Maybe it's a continuation of The Full Monty," said Thomas E. Fegley, the former president of the Brattleboro Rotary Club, which produced the calendar."

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PETA support of terrorism
Fox News | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"Records show that PETA, known for its publicity stunts on behalf of animal rights, has given monetary support to the Environmental Liberation Front, which has been blamed for the Vail attack and other acts. "We did it, we did it. We gave $1,500 to the ELF for a specific program," said PETA President Lisa Lange. Lange did not say which program PETA sponsored. But from burning down buildings to blowing up SUVs, ELF is one of America's largest domestic terrorist group, the FBI says."

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Alcoholic Milk
Melbourne Herald Sun | Submitted by: Pvblivs Clodivs
"In a move condemned by health authorities, the company wants to make strawberry, banana and chocolate flavoured drinks, known as Moo Joose, and sell them in bottle shops, pubs and nightclubs... Health authorities yesterday slammed the sweet shots of milk, and accused the producers of encouraging under-age drinking."

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Girl dies of water overdose
Salt Lake Tribune | Submitted by: A. P. Alled
Yes, there is an LD50 (the lethal dose at which fifty percent of those to whom the substance is administered end up dead) for water. And we don't mean drowning: "Investigators first thought the death could have resulted from "holding" therapy. Police changed their focus after the medical examiner determined the girl died of water intoxication."

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