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November 26, 2002

Darwin goes medieval on his ass
BBC | Submitted by: Mighty Tim
"A student died after being flung 100 feet into the air by a huge catapult. Kostadine Iliev Yankov, 19, was taking part in the stunt at the Middlemoor Water Park in Woolavington near Bridgwater, Somerset, on Sunday... "We had already successfully thrown one of our own people and then another four of his fellow students and when we flung him something, I don't know what, went wrong."

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Very pricey marijuana found in tabletops
Jamaica Observer | Submitted by: Alter Ego
"The weed, weighing 160 pounds, was the second find on the wharf since Friday by members of the Contraband Enforcement Team. On Friday, 620 pounds of ganja was also discovered during a routine check at the APM Terminal at Berth 11, in a 20-foot container. No arrests have been made in either seizure. Combined, the weed has a street value of more than $120 million." Whoah! Marijuana has a street value of $10,135 per ounce! (Do the math: 740 pounds of seized ganja, $120M divided by 740 pounds gives $162,162 per pound, then divide that by sixteen ounces.)

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Damn trespassing kids taught a lesson
News 24 South Africa | Submitted by: meatload
"A Northern Cape man is being held after allegedly terrorising two children by tying a rope to their feet and hanging them upside down from trees after he found them playing in his yard. Captain Miriam Nkombisa said the boys were assaulted and terrorised for more than five hours before they were released. They then had to walk 20km home."

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I'd pull a job for a Camel
New Jersey Online | Submitted by: Milk Bone
Raising cigarette taxes to extortion levels has consequences, including the rise of smuggling, tax evasion, and now, burglary: "On the heels of the summer's major cigarette-tax hikes in New Jersey and New York City, law enforcement officials on both sides of the Hudson River are coping with a rash of smash-and-grab burglaries and robberies of stores that sell cigarettes. In August, thieves wielding a blow torch cut through the dead-bolt lock of a South Brunswick Sunoco gas station and grabbed 909 cigarette packs from the display case. They took no money."

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Witness claims sex slave was willing
Newsday | Submitted by: meatload
"A former prostitute who faces four years in prison for her role in a sadomasochistic tryst with a 15-year-old girl... appeared to help the defense by testifying that the girl had said she was willing to undergo an ordeal that included being tied up, nearly choked and hung from a coat rack. "Like teenagers who hyperventilate until they pass out, she was enjoying it. She was happy with everything," Loschin said."

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Phoney fertility treatments for fun and profit
BBC | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"An embryologist allowed eight women to have fake embryos implanted into their wombs as part of an elaborate plot to pay off his debts, a court has heard. Paul Fielding appeared before Southampton Crown Court on Monday, accused of allowing the women to undergo the operations needlessly because he was paid each time the procedure went ahead."

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The Day The Music Died
San Francisco Chronicle | Submitted by: Jordan Aguilar
"Baird, who played on recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong, had been returning home from errands at a nearby supermarket in his motorized scooter around dusk when he was jumped by three men between 15 and 25 years old, his daughter, Meredith Baird, said she had been told by police."

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Ad campaign shows devil suckling
BBC | Submitted by: wingnut
"The poster for next summer's event in the town of Vienne in the Rhone-Alpes region shows a white baby devil being suckled by a black woman. Far right deputies on Rhone-Alpes council said the poster is an attack on the beliefs of Christians, and demanded its withdrawal. But some members of the right were unhappy about the vote, one describing the issue as a "storm in a teacup". He recalled that a gargoyle on the nearby cathedral of Villefranche-sur-Saone represents an imp sodomising a nun."

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Heavy rain washes in the dead
Australian Broadcasting | Submitted by: meatload
"Bones, coffins and crosses crashed through the kitchen wall of a Brazilian home over the weekend after a torrential rain washed out part of a neighboring cemetery, officials said. "Part of the cemetery wall fell, and earth mixed with body parts, coffins and pieces of tombstones invaded the house that is located down the hill," an official at the cemetery on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro said."

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Miss Captivity
New York Times | Submitted by: Pilgrim
"The way Laurinas Sheshkus tells it, the creative types at LNK TV were searching last summer for a gimmick to rise above the airwaves clutter when someone proposed staging a beauty contest in the women's prison in this stolid town... "It was, like, a joke," said Mr. Sheshkus, LNK's creative director. Worse still, it was a joke that had the potential to exploit some of the country's least fortunate young women for the sake of a few ratings points. In short, it was pluperfect television. And last week, the Miss Captivity Pageant became the runaway hit of the Lithuanian broadcast season. Two of every three television viewers sat glued to their sofas as a raven-haired 21-year-old named Kristina won a tiara that, one can be sure, not every beauty queen covets."

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Schoolchildren sickened by rat poison
online.ie | Submitted by: KC
No, this isn't a repeat of that earlier Daily Rotten. It happened again: "Seventy nursery school children and two teachers have been taken to hospital in south-eastern China after falling ill from a school lunch of corn porridge laced with rat poison, police said today."

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Police: Teacher caught in sex act
WXIA-TV 11 Atlanta | Submitted by: Mig
"Deputies caught the social studies teacher in the act Friday at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone by using an Internet tipster, according to Major Bruce Jordan of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department... At the time of his arrest, Belvedere had a daily lesson plan on his blackboard that read, "When does the public have the right to know when the government is investigating you?" Oh the irony.

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New Fatwa against Miss World writer
Melbourne Herald Sun | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"A mainly Muslim state in Nigeria has issued a "fatwa" urging believers to kill the author of an article on the Miss World pageant seen as insulting to the Prophet Mohammed... Zamfara's deputy governor Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi said late yesterday in a speech to religious leaders in the Zamfara State capital Gusau and rebroadcast on state radio: "Like Salman Rushdie, the blood of Isioma Daniel can be shed. It is binding on all Muslims wherever they are to consider the killing of the writer as a religious duty."

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Zimbabwe leader wants 6M of his countrymen dead
Pravda | Submitted by: anonymous
"Mutasa declared to the press during the weekend that "We would be better off with only six million people, with our own (Shona) people who support the liberation struggle. We don’t want all these extra people". By "extra people" Zimbabwe’s leading civil servant means the people who live in non Shona speaking areas, who in their majority supported the opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change." Yay genocide!

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Neo-Nazi sponsored by German secret service
World Socialist Web Site | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"On November 11, the second criminal chamber of the Berlin district court sentenced Toni Stadler, a neo-Nazi, to two years’ imprisonment with a probationary period of four years... Stadler runs a shop, catering to extreme right-wing circles, and he belonged to a group that produced and distributed the CD "Hate Music", which contains lyrics calling for rape, abuse of children and the murder of foreigners and dissidents... The verdict against Stadler turned out to be relatively lenient, because a second culprit was missing from the dock, the secret service agency of the German state of Brandenburg. For two years Stadler had worked as a secret agent for the state's intelligence office (OPC) and began his criminal offences with its knowledge and backing."

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Fake rice wine killing Taiwanese
Taipei Times | Submitted by: Ragin' Hardon
"The Department of Health offered free rice-wine tests to 200 people from 10am to 5pm in the lobby of its Taipei headquarters yesterday... tests revealed 31 [of 726] bottles that contained excessive levels of methanol, which is believed to be the component that caused the deaths in Ilan. Thirteen people allegedly involved in manufacturing fake rice wine have been arrested, according to the police."

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Teen insists he didn't shred his dog
ic Wales | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"A teenager who hanged his pet dog after failing to rip it in two with his bare hands was today ordered by magistrates to be detained for six months and undergo training. Horrified magistrates in Carmarthen said his was the worst case of cruelty they had ever heard, making a custody term inevitable... Earlier magistrates had highlighted the fact that the teenager, who denied cruelty to animals, continued to deny having harmed his pet."

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Jurors repulsed by bloody dogfight video
Canton Repository | Submitted by: meatload
"More than half of the prospective jurors asked to be excused from a dogfighting trial after seeing a portion of a graphic videotape county prosecutors plan to show. The tape shows men yelling encouragement as two bloodied pit bulls attack each other. The dogs are so weary and injured that one repeatedly collapses on its back. Another scene shows three or four dogs trying to tear one dog apart." Nice action photo.

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Man hangs puppy, then stomps its head
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Rio
It really is Puppy Madness week at Daily Rotten: "A 35 year old man in Marion County, Fla., was arrested Tuesday for allegedly punching his girlfriend and then hanging her puppy from a tree when he ran out of beer, according to police. Investigators said George Watson, 35, took his girlfriend's 10-week-old puppy and hung it from a tree by the collar. When the dog didn't die from the hanging, he allegedly stomped on its head five or six times until it was crushed."

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John Tesh assaults holiday season
Daily Emerald | Submitted by: meatload
The Teshinator is back... his sights on the holiday season with the eagerly awaited release of "Christmas Worship." How many times have you been sitting around the Christmas tree with friends and family when someone said, "You know what this day needs, a spoken-word piece by John Tesh."

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Grave-b-gone
CNN | Submitted by: Captain Prozac
"A man who reserved a burial plot in a country churchyard was shocked to discover that somebody had stolen his grave... It's a mystery," parish council clerk Lesley Mayne said. "I couldn't find any record of any burial taking place. I checked with the local undertakers and they knew nothing about it"... Mayne said she noticed the grave, which had no headstone, about six weeks ago."

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Man crushed to death by 300 pound hooker
Peoria Journal-Star | Submitted by: Penfold
"In attempting to grab his wallet, Thompson climbed atop Jamsa to restrain him. At 5 feet 4 inches, Jamsa weighed about 115 pounds. Depending on the source, Thompson weighed anywhere from 185 to 300 pounds. She began striking him in the head as she continued to sit on Jamsa's chest. An autopsy revealed he died of asphyxiation."

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Even the spiders in BC are on crack
Canadian Broadcasting | Submitted by: Canadianlaura
A scientist in British Columbia claims to have come across a spider web that stretched over an entire 60 hectare field. He says the web was crawling with, "In the order of tens of millions of spiders." "Since the spiders didn't seem to care if an occasional insect stumbled into their construction, Thair doesn't think it was built for trapping purposes. He suggests the spiders encountered an enormous quantity of high quality, nutritious prey to be able to accomplish this feat." For art's sake?

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Senator finds valuable book in trash
Washington Post | Submitted by: Monkeynavigated
A senator is in the basement reviewing what is going to be taken to the dumpster, and finds the mileage book, replete with the rich and famous: "The first volume is probably the only document with the signatures of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, not to mention subsequent Senate luminaries like John C. Calhoun."

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Panty Bandit regrets crimes
Calgary Herald | Submitted by: kendra
"The man dubbed by police as the "panty bandit" for committing a string of robberies while wearing women's underwear on his head has admitted his wrongdoings. Edwin Craig Thorn, 53, pleaded guilty on Monday to four convenience store heists in southwest Calgary over a two-week period two years ago."

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Straight? TiVo thinks otherwise
Wall Street Journal | Submitted by: Penfold
Personalization technology gone awry: "Mr. Iwanyk, 32 years old, first suspected that his TiVo thought he was gay, since it inexplicably kept recording programs with gay themes. A film studio executive in Los Angeles and the self-described "straightest guy on earth," he tried to tame TiVo's gay fixation by recording war movies and other "guy stuff."... "The problem was, I overcompensated. It started giving me documentaries on Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Eichmann. It stopped thinking I was gay and decided I was a crazy guy reminiscing about the Third Reich."

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