the horse incident

You have all surely heard of this by now:

Man Fatally Bitten by Sexually Aroused Horse

WARSAW (Reuters) - A sexually excited stallion bit a Polish man to death when he tried to calm the beast, which had become uncontrollably aroused by a nearby mare, police said.

An autopsy would determine whether the direct cause of death was a severed jugular vein or damaged spine, the officer added.

Now really, what the hell is up with that? This guy had his throat torn out by a horse -- if, in fact, it didn't bite clean through his backbone. Isn't being bitten to death by a horse kind of like being trampled to death by a herd of alligators?

I can't get the image of a herd of alligators out of my head now. Amber waves of grain. And alligators. I've been gigging about this for twenty minutes now.

    rollin', rollin', rollin', though the streams are swollen,
    keep them gators rollin' Rawhide!
    rain and wind and weather, hell-bent for leather,
    with a gator by my side, Rawhide!
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Illuminating blacked-out words:

By realigning the document, it was possible to use another program Whelan had written to determine that it had been formatted in the Arial font. Next, they found the number of pixels that had been blacked out in the sentence: "An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told an xxxxxxxx service at the same time that Bin Ladin was planning to exploit the operative's access to the U.S. to mount a terrorist strike." They then used a computer to determine the pixel length of words in the dictionary when written in the Arial font.

The program rejected all of the words that were not within three pixels of the length of the word that was probably under the blacked-out area in the document.

The software then reduced the number of possible words to just seven from 1,530 by using semantic guidelines, including the grammatical context. The researchers selected the word "Egyptian" from the seven possible words, rejecting "Ukrainian" and "Ugandan," because those countries would be less likely to have such information.

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John Frum versus Prophet Fred

Vanuatu villagers in bloody cult clash

Rebelling against the aggressive proselytising of Presbyterian missionaries, dozens of villages on the island of Tanna put their faith in a mysterious outsider called John Frum. They believed he would drive out their colonial masters and re-establish their traditional ways. On Tanna, islanders became convinced that John Frum was an American. They have spent the past 60 years dressing up in home-made US army uniforms, drilling with bamboo rifles and parading beneath the Stars and Stripes in the hope of enticing a delivery of "cargo" again.

In a bloody encounter with knives, slingshots, axes and bows and arrows, John Frum believers clashed with the members of a breakaway Christian sect led by a softly spoken villager Fred Nasse, who calls himself Prophet Fred. Six houses and a thatched Presbyterian church were burnt down during a battle that involved 400 islanders.

"In the past we believed in John Frum, but now we believe in Jesus," said Alfred Wako, 49. "The John Frum people don't go to church and they don't send their children to school. They believe in the old rituals. They are heathens."

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