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    Easily explained. Johnny Appleseed turned zombie! :)
     
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    Exploding churros are newspaper's fault, Chilean court rules
    13 people burned by trying out published recipe will share $125,000

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile's Supreme Court has ordered a newspaper to pay $125,000 to 13 people who suffered burns while trying out a published recipe for churros, a popular Latin American snack of dough fried in hot oil.

    The publisher of La Tercera must pay individual damages to 11 women and two men ranging from as little as $279 to $48,000 for one woman whose burns were particularly severe.

    The high court's ruling was announced Monday, seven years after the readers burned themselves while trying out the recipe.

    Judges determined that the newspaper failed to fully test it before publication, and that if readers followed the recipe exactly, the churros had a good chance of exploding once the oil reached the suggested temperature. Grupo Copesa, which publishes the paper, said it will abide by the ruling.

    Days after the recipe was published in the paper's "Woman" magazine in 2004, hospitals around the country began treating women for burns suffered when the dough boiling in oil suddenly shot out of kitchen pots.
     
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    Man pays $16,000 for virtual sword

    Who exactly pays for virtual tools to grow a better virtual garden or to slay a virtual dragon, you ask?

    Plenty of people, despite what Zynga's IPO tells you.

    A man in China, for example, recently spent $16,000 for a virtual sword on a game that has not even been released yet.

    "Age of Wulin," by California-based company Snail Games, has not even been released on mainland China but that isn't stopping some from spending serious cash on the game.

    The game is a role-playing one that is set in ancient China and is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, or better known as MMORPGs.

    The man is not alone in his purchases. A study released earlier in the year valued the virtual economy for MMORPGs is $3 billion.
     
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    Cops: Man tried to use $1,000,000 bill at Walmart
    North Carolina man allegedly tried to buy $476 worth of items with the outsized bill; largest bill in circulation is just $100

    Do you have change for a million-dollar bill?
    Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart.

    Investigators told the Winston-Salem Journal that 53-year-old Michael Fuller tried to buy a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other items. Store employees called police after his insistence that the bill was legit, and Fuller was arrested.

    The largest bill in circulation is $100. The government stopped making bills of up to $10,000 in 1969.

    Fuller was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument. He is in jail on a $17,500 bond, and it isn't clear if he has an attorney. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.
     
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    2 face indecency charges after nude McDonald's run

    Two people who pulled up at a McDonald's drive-thru in western Illinois completely naked face public indecency charges. Police in Galesburg say a 19-year-old El Paso man and a 21-year-old Galesburg woman have been released from Knox County Jail after being ordered to appear in court to face the charges.

    WGIL Radio reports that the duo was still in the McDonald's parking lot when officers arrived just before 2 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the man was crouched over in the driver's seat trying to pull on a pair of pants while his passenger was covering up in a blanket.

    WGIL reports that the pair told officers the late night fast-food run might not have been a great idea but that they both still thought it was funny.
     
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    At least they didn't have any concealed weapons.
     
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    Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop arrested
    Man with unusual name tentatively charged in Madison, Wisc., with carrying a concealed knife and possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana

    MADISON, Wis. — Authorities in southern Wisconsin are facing a tongue twister thanks to the arrest of Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.

    The unusually named 30-year-old man was in jail Sunday in Madison. Police say he violated his bail conditions from a previous run-in with the law.

    Court records show that his name used to be Jeffrey Drew Wilschke. He legally changed it in October.

    The Capital Times reports that Zopittybop-Bop-Bop was arrested last week after residents complained of excessive drinking and drug use near Reynolds Park in Madison. Authorities say he was arrested in another local park last April after police found a loaded handgun in his backpack.

    He's tentatively charged with carrying a concealed knife, and possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

    Jail records don't list his bail amount or an attorney.
     
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    Complained of excessive drinking and drug use? They wouldn't have complained had said drinking drugs been at the acceptable level?

    And you have to carry a knife to protect yourself from people wanting to steal your marijuana.
     

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