Archive for March 19th, 2004

Sheik Yer Iraqui War Booty

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For Sale: One white leather
sequined jumpsuit found in Hussein Presidential compound in Bagdad. Guarenteed authentic…

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN)
— A year after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein’s
government
in Iraq, items touted as having come from Saddam’s palaces have turned
up for sale on the auction Web site eBay.

The seller of one secondhand rug lists the previous owner of the roughly
6-by-9-foot piece of carpet as ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Customers can also bid on silverware embossed with the Iraqi army’s crest
and a copy of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, which is purported to be
from a Baghdad compound.Both Cramer and Dearinger said
the items they’re now selling were declared and cleared by U.S. Customs
upon their return home.

"They didn’t say anything bad about taking the rugs home, or artifacts.
They considered them war trophies," Dearinger said.

But Cmdr. Dan Gage, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said soldiers
are not allowed to bring back "war trophies" — only legally
purchased souvenirs.

"Would this fall under that? I don’t know," Gage said.

Dearinger said decisions about what was a legitimate souvenir were left
up to individual commanders. But Gage said the regulations covering war
trophies don’t appear to leave much to an officer’s discretion.

from CNN

A Carcassflower By Any Other Name

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A
Carcass Flower By Any Other Name, Would Smell as Foul…..

An Amorphophallus titanum, known locally as a "carcass
flower" blossoms at the Cibodas Botanical Garden in Bogor, West
Java, Indonesia, Sunday, March, 14, 2004.

The rare flower, which smells
like rotting flesh, has set a new record for the species’ height, official
said Saturday.

Officials at the garden on the southern outskirts of the
capital Jakarta claimed this particualr flower reached a height of 9.5
feets, a new record as the tallest Amorphopallus titanum.

from AP

(AP Photo/Achmad
Ibrahim)

Singapore Sling

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One man, one woman, suspended
in an intimate cable car traveling an endless loop between Singapore
and an offshore
island resort. Sounds romantic, no? The Dowbrigade was thinking he
had finally found a competition he could actually win, while fulfilling
adolescent
athletic and sexual fantasies at the same time. Not to mention the
$30,000 prize. We had even started trying to convince Norma Yvonne
that this would be a fun vacation that could pay for itself, and then some. Then
we read the contest details – constant video monitoring and no sexual
contact.
Should have
known
that the
Singaporean
would
find
a way to turn a fantasy into a nightmare…

SINGAPORE (AP) – Thirty-three couples on Tuesday began
a competition in Singapore to see who could live in a moving cable car
for a week – enduring stifling humidity, motion sickness and only 10
minutes to use the toilet each day.

Three teams dropped out before the contest even began – giving up their shot
at a grand prize worth 50,000 Singapore dollars ($29,300).

"We had second thoughts about it because we felt sick and so tired," said
Khwanchan Aphichet, who came from Bangkok with his girlfriend for the competition.

The couple decided to withdraw when they felt nauseous after spending less than
a minute in the golf cart-sized capsule – it hadn’t even begun moving, he said.
Two teams – each consisting of a man and a woman – will live in one capsule and
are allowed out for a total of 10 minutes a day, Singapore Cable Car event director
Colin Lim said.

Organizers will provide three meals a day and water, he added.

Competitors will be monitored by cameras mounted in each car and disqualified
if they engage in "sexual contact," Lim said, without elaborating.
Each
capsule measures less than 2 meters (6.6 feet) on all sides.

from AP