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January 22, 2003

Frozen sheep's head put in candidate's car
WKMG-TV 6 Orlando | Submitted by: Mary Jane
"Northern Indiana police are investigating a bizarre incident in which a frozen sheep's head was left in a Democratic precinct committeewoman's car... The frozen head was thrown through a window in Sue Pelfy's car last week. Lake Station police say it isn't clear if the incident was politically motivated."

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Set stinger to Stun
CNN | Submitted by: badsara
"Scorpions don't bother to waste venom killing a victim if they don't have to. Instead they use a prevenom that causes extreme pain, resorting to the deadlier version only when necessary, researchers have discovered... It's a clever strategy, Hammock explained, because the deadly true venom uses a lot of proteins and peptides that are costly for the scorpion to make."

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Smelly Armpits? Get Botox shots!
Wire Services | Submitted by: [_|_]
"Volunteers were asked to rate the intensity and "unpleasant" or "pleasant" odor of cut-out armpits from T-shirts worn by 16 people given shots with the botulinum toxin A, known as Botox, in one armpit and a placebo solution in the other."

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Bees make widow of Sahadaye Samaroo
Trinidad Express | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"I run for a bucket of water and when I reach back he was in the canefield across the road, crawling and rolling around. I dash the water on him, but it did not help. The bees didn’t want to leave him alone"... The Express was told that at Samaroo’s funeral last Saturday the traditional funeral songs could not be played because the remnants of the bee colony continued to swarm over mourners." Bees have ears?

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Follow-up on surgical tools
New York Times | Submitted by: Pilgrim
"This" was a six-inch metal surgical clamp, buried deep in the man's abdomen, partly behind his liver. Doctors at another hospital, not part of the veterans system, had inadvertently left it behind after surgery... Even more shocking, this was the second clamp to be found inside the same patient. The first one, left after intestinal surgery in 2000, was found about eight months after the operation and removed by the same surgeon who had left it."

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Geezer carded when buying nonalcholic beer
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Submitted by: badsara
"Don Meyer was a little annoyed when a Pick 'n Save clerk here recently carded him in the liquor store... He wasn't just upset because they carded him while he was buying nonalcoholic beer. He was upset because he's 76 years old."

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Diana Ross DUI video!
Arizona Daily Star | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
Video of the Drunken Diva! Unfortunately, it's quite grainy, but she is clearly wearing a sweatshirt and sneakers. Also includes her written test, showing her interesting take on the alphabet, and on page 4 it's written that while she tried to stand on one leg, she laughed and fell over. Although a court order had her statements removed from the audio track, at 1:42 there is a sound that seems vaguely like crying.

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Science unable to produce duplicate cats
Houston Chronicle | Submitted by: anonymous
"Not only does cloning not produce a physical duplicate, but it can never reproduce the behavior or personality of a cat that you want to keep around. There are millions of cats in shelters and with rescue groups that need homes, and the last thing we need is a new production strategy for cats." In any event, Cc, the cloned cat we heard from before, isn't much like it's doppelganger.

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And he's not Catholic?
Virginian-Pilot | Submitted by: Andrea in VA Bch
Story of a home invasion with a hideous sadistic streak towards the victim; eighty-four year old retired Lutheran pastor was seriously beaten, tied up with his own ties and put in the trunk of his own car, then had boiling water poured over him when he couldn't reveal where more money was. On MLK day, no less. Inquisition, anyone?

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Cops unamused with drunk record tamperer
CNN | Submitted by: Master Baker
"A man who erased his drunken-driving record from a police computer and replaced it with a winking "smiley face" graphic ended up with a suspended license and a fine when police failed to see the funny side." He's lucky to avoid the Abner Louima Treatment for this one.

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The Best Gun Store... EVER!
WDIV-TV 4 Detroit | Submitted by: Pete the Scumbag
Customers and employees told Local 4 the owner periodically rotates the messages [On His Billboard], taking aim at various ethnic groups, feminists and people who are overweight. Is this man a simple minded loudmouth, or is he getting people angry enough to actually buy guns?

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White soldiers most likely to die
USA Today | Submitted by: Dirty Sammy
"The American troops likeliest to fight and die in a war against Iraq are disproportionately white, not black, military statistics show, contradicting a belief widely held since the early days of the Vietnam War... In a host of high-risk slots — from Army commandos to Navy and Air Force fighter pilots — blacks constitute less than 5% of the force, statistics show." But 12% of the overall population, and 20% of the military services.

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Cabbie foils rugby team's game plan
BBC | Submitted by: Brian Webb
"A taxi driver who found a rugby team's gameplan in his cab believes he ruined their chances of success by passing it on to their rivals. The Limerick cabbie spotted Gloucester Rugby Club's vital plan hours before their European Cup game against Munster. And he says he managed to get it to the home side's management just in time for them to scupper Gloucester's Heineken Cup hopes. Now he hopes the team will repay the favour by paying for him to attend another big match for free. The driver, who did not want to be named (through fear of being beaten up no doubt), said: "I was just about to throw it out of the window when I looked at it and nearly crashed the car."

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Beached whales end up on dinner plates
Mainichi Daily News | Submitted by: Feeble
"A resident who knew the man said it was not the first time locals had taken beached whales. "There had been whales washed ashore before and we took them home," the resident said. "This time we boiled and ate it"... Last July the agency said eating beached whales was "not appropriate from a hygienic perspective," and from April it instructed any beached whales to be burned or buried." Also: it was delicious.

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Last known Confederate Widow celebrates
WMBB-TV 13 Panama City | Submitted by: UncleGum
"In 1927 at the age of 21, Alberta Martin married into history. Today she is the last-known widow of a Confederate veteran and any American Civil War veteran. The 96-year-old Coffee County native was a special guest Monday at the annual banquet held by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in honor of the birthdays of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson."

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The concentrated hands of media
Mediachannel | Submitted by: pete the anarchist
Excellent chart showing who owns what.

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Sued for using the word CUNT
News Corporation | Submitted by: Alex Portnoy
A person in Sydney was sued for wearing a tshirt saying Jesus is a cunt: "Federal Labor MP Mark Latham got away with calling Treasurer Peter Costello "a really big C" in Parliament, and the Eros Foundation says c... should not be judged obscene because women have "reclaimed" it... Mr O'Gorman said the T-shirt was doubly offensive as it offended religious sensitivities while displaying a word regarded as degrading to women."

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RIAA vs. well, everyone
Washington Post | Submitted by: EKZ, Editfish
The RIAA has won a landmark case that further cracks down on the individual's rights and privacy. This ruling will enable the RIAA to use the DMCA to do just about whateverthefuck they want. "Now that the court has ordered Verizon to live up to its obligation under the law, we look forward to contacting the account holder whose identity we were seeking so we can let them know that what they are doing is illegal."

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Employee throws himself into his work
iAfrica | Submitted by: The Good Doctor
"A Midrand factory worker was killed on Tuesday morning when he was pulled into a food mixing machine, Johannesburg Emergency Services reported... Captain Martin Hulk of the Midrand police said no foul play was suspected."

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Pachyderm payback
Wire Services | Submitted by: Milk Bone
Great pic of elephant swinging his trainer's soon to be lifeless body.

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Man's head reattached after accident
ABC TV affiliates | Submitted by: anonymous
"It is an amazing story. Parra's car was hit by the other vehicle so hard his head was detached from his body. Only skin and some vital internal circuits held it on... his head was reattached with surgical screws and a piece of his pelvis was used to patch his neck and skull together."

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The Revolution will eat its own Children
MSNBC | Submitted by: Gary MiddleMan
"Just another Sunday night punk rock concert. But these kids are wearing bright red sweat shirts inscribed with the words I Survived on the front and Over 1/3 Of Our Generation Has Been Wiped Out on the back. Face it, reads the black T-shirt of a spike-haired dancer. Abortion kills." Blah blah blah blah abortion blah blah blah. Tired.

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Fat kids denied their cash McCow
Wire Services | Submitted by: DigitalWeapon
"In a major victory for the fast food industry, a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a widely watched suit in which McDonald's hamburgers and French fries were blamed for children's obesity. U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet said the plaintiffs, including a 14-year-old girl who is 4-foot-10 and 170 pounds, failed to show McDonald's Corp. products presented a danger unknown to consumers. He also cited concerns the case could "spawn thousands of similar 'McLawsuits"' against all types of restaurants."

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Man ate 3 people, but was aiming for 7
CNN | Submitted by: Sri Dewa
"A 31 year old Indonesian man, arrested last week on cannibal related charges, has admitted to police to eating at least three people, Indonesian media reports say... The suspect, named as Sumanto, told police he ate the bodies for supernatural purposes, and had aimed to eat at least seven humans in a quest for special powers and to ensure a "peaceful soul."

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Woman drove car with 27 dogs
BBC | Submitted by: Deevo
"An animal lover had 27 dogs in her car including one on her lap when she was stopped by police on a dual carriageway, a court heard... Barbara Byrne, 60, was also smoking and holding a can of drink between her thighs, Huntingdon magistrates were told." Busy lady.

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The Lords of Bakersfield
Bakersfield Californian | Submitted by: Mandachuva
"Powerful gay men. Vulnerable teen-age boys. Murder. For years, some prominent local men who led secret lives were rumored to be protected. Whispers surrounding another important man's death prompt the question: Is there really a conspiracy?... Californian columnist Robert Price and Assistant Managing Editor Lois Henry researched these stories for three months, interviewing more than 100 people and digesting thousands of pages of court transcripts, investigative reports and newspaper articles, resulting in this report."

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SBC thinks it has WWW frames patented
silicon.com | Submitted by: The Lone Gunman
"Every website that uses a common form of site navigation could be hit for thousands or even millions of dollars in licence fees, if a US company which claims to hold a patent on the idea gets its way... SBC Communications, a major American telco and ISP, says that it owns the right to links that stay visible on the page during navigation... and wants up to five per cent of company revenue annually as a licence fee." SBC is full of shit, there is clear prior art for exactly this activity in non-web GUI's. For example, Apple's Hypercard.

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