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Random Updates [Nov. 28th, 2005|03:51 pm]
I've not been reading much LJ due to my push to win NaNoWriMo. It's looking pretty good (45.5K words right now with 3 writing evenings left). But I had to take a break and share some odd news stories with everyone. These are the sort about which my wife and I always say, "Yep, that'll be on Wait Wait this week!"

Seattle Monorail Trains Stuck Together
Evidently, they built the tracks too close together. This was not a read-end collision but a sideswipe!

Scientist Wants to Make 'Body Farm'
Testing how people decompose... Sign me up (after I'm dead). I always was a staunch empiricist!

Girl with Peanut Allergies Dies From Kiss
Sounds kinda like an urban legend type of story but they provided a lot of specific details. How tragic!

Former Canadian Minister Calls for Talks on Extraterrestrial Politics
Because the aliens are here and we need to bring exopolitics into the public sphere. Aren't Canadians great? Their politicians are way more interesting than ours!

[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2005-11-29 02:06 am (UTC)
The Peanut Allergies story I can totaly relate too! Last year I ate a cashue that was resting next to a wallnut. Well, I had a instant reaction witch I needed to use a friends inhaler. Not fun and very real!
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[User Picture]From: melskunk
2005-11-29 03:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, my husband has allergies so I'm well aware at how little you need: I can't eat anything peanuty without brushing and rinsing my mouth out, and he's not as bad (yet) as that girl. We don't dare have anything in the house with peanuts, and we read lables all the time. His allergy got much worse after the span of a year, and we wondered why, only to discover that it was from a "may contain traces of nuts" warning on his Frosted Flakes, which he has eaten all his life.

The worst part is, is most people DO think when we say how serious it is, that it can't really be "that bad". I've even heard of well-meaning people slipping allergy causing food into someone with a serious food allergy's meal because they assumed that it was all in their head.
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[User Picture]From: harlequeen
2005-11-29 11:07 am (UTC)
"It's an accident waiting to happen. Those tracks are too close together," said a man carrying a pet ferret.

Um... obviously men carrying ferrets are rail experts, unless it the ferrets themselves.
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[User Picture]From: agentmiss
2005-11-30 06:46 am (UTC)
So is it better to decompose in Iowa than Tennessee?
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