Today\'s Headlines

Today is apparently a surreal day for headlines:

From Mystery Odor Settles Over Manhattan

New York officials evacuated a number of buildings and shut down some trains after a mysterious gaslike odor was reported Monday.

A New York Police Department spokesman said an air quality test determined that the air is not hazardous, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said there is no indication terrorism was involved.

Perhaps our next source of terror-paranoia: The Stinky Bomb (or rather the oddly-smelling-bomb) :mrgreen:.

Tween Girls at Risk of Getting Fat

Is no one concerned with giving girls that age (9 - 12) a complex about their weight? Now we are discussing a relative "risk" of getting "fat" for their particular age/gender group. You know what might make a little more sense and perhaps be a little more responsible? How about an article/research on the risk of girls that age becoming bulimic or anorexic? I realize that there are health risks associated with being overweight, but worrying about a kid's waistline at that specific time in their development when it is natural to gain weight seems like a really bad idea.


Trial Resumes Nine Days After Saddam's Hanging

The first trial was apparently for killing over a hundred people in a village of which he was convicted and executed. This one was to determine whether he could be killed for killing thousands of Kurds on another occasion. The charges have been dropped on account of the court's inability to kill him again.

Officials: Air quality OK after dozens of dead birds found in Austin

As many as 60 dead pigeons, sparrows and grackles were found overnight along Congress Avenue, a main route through downtown. No human injuries or illnesses were reported.

"We do not feel there is a threat to the public health," said Adolfo Valadez, the medical director for Austin and Travis County Health and Human Services. He said preliminary air-quality tests showed no dangerous chemicals and the area should reopen around noon.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said officials had no credible information to suggest any imminent threat to the city.

Yes. I have to include the part about homeland security, because that sets me up perfectly for (drumroll please)... another mildly amusing quip about terrorism.

The Dead-Pigeon Bomb: You shall be smited from above with the carcasses of annoying birds!!! :twisted:

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