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April 29, 2002

Mourners forced to eat corpse at gunpoint
Wire Services | Submitted by: PureGuava
"Rebels fleeing the Ugandan army in southern Sudan forced 60 mourners in a funeral procession to eat the corpse they were carrying before gunning them down, an army spokesman said Monday. "Kony attacked a funeral procession of about 60 people, forced them to cook the corpse in sorghum and eat it," army spokesman major Shaban Bantariza told Reuters."

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Bio attack on US could kill 1M people
BBC | Submitted by: Soylent
A Brookings Institution report "suggests that a nuclear device exploded in a major US city would kill 100,000 people - but that a million could die if large areas were exposed to lethal bacteria and viruses. In addition to the death toll, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of economic damage could be caused by biological attack."

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Sodomized llama with golfclub, a living pinata
St. Petersburg Times | Submitted by: anonymous
Monopoly died a few hours later on the way to a hospital. A necropsy found that the llama had been sodomized and suffered 50 to 100 blows, mostly around its reproductive organs... Talking to a deputy, Pettyjohn suddenly said, "We were just f------ around with the llamas, man." ... One witness described the goat as being used as a "living pinata." When Pettyjohn was asked for a motive, he replied, "Pure pleasure," deputies said."

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Family left with $26K marijuana hydroponic bill
Toronto Star | Submitted by: will the thrill
"A Mississauga family has been hit with a $26,000 hydro bill because their former tenants stole electricity to power an illegal marijuana lab... Like many residential pot labs, the tenants had bypassed the hydro meter so Enersource couldn't detect the enormous amount of power being used to feed the hydroponics equipment round the clock."

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Hydrogen balloons and politics don't mix
Wire Services | Submitted by: Steve-o-Reno
"Hundreds of balloons, about 40 centimeters (more than a foot) in height, were tied together and one apparently exploded while party officials were pumping hydrogen into it. In Turkey, highly flammable hydrogen is often put in balloons instead of helium because it is cheaper."

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Hangdog, Spanish style
BBC | Submitted by: Ann Onymous
"The World Society for the Protection of Animals says tens of thousands of Spanish racing dogs, known as galgos, are hanged every year following the end of the hunting season...According to the charity, dogs that did badly in the hunting season were hanged with a low noose. The practice was known as the "piano player" because the dogs would frantically scrabble their legs in an effort to reach the ground. Dogs which had hunted well were given a faster death by being hanged higher up."

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The American eugenics program
Kansas City Star | Submitted by: Soylent
"The sign will explain how in 1924, Virginia passed a law that today would seem unthinkable. The Virginia Statute for Eugenical Sterilization allowed the state to forcibly sterilize persons whose future children, it was believed, would be "genetically inferior"... Writing for the 8-to-1 [Supreme Court] majority, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. penned the following: "It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crimes, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit for continuing their kind....Three generations of imbeciles are enough."

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