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I've Always Said Cantaloupes Were No Good

You just can't trust orange produce.

Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to the tainted fruit. State and local officials say they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected.

The death toll released by the CDC Tuesday -- including newly confirmed deaths in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas -- surpassed the number of deaths linked to an outbreak of salmonella in peanuts almost three years ago.


Listeria generally only sickens the elderly, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems. The CDC said the median age of those sickened is 78 and that one in five who contract the disease can die.

Dr. Robert Tauxe of the CDC says the number of illnesses and deaths will probably grow in coming weeks because the symptoms of listeria don't always show up right away. It can take four weeks or more for a person to fall ill after eating food contaminated with listeria.


About 800 cases of listeria are found in the United States each year, according to CDC, and there usually are three or four outbreaks. Most of these are traced to deli meat and soft cheeses, where listeria is most common.

Produce has rarely been the culprit, but federal investigators say they have seen more produce-related listeria illnesses in the past two years. It was found in sprouts in 2009 and celery in 2010.

Clearly, they've been trying to grow cantaloupes in chicken roll....mmmm......chicken roll....

By min | September 28, 2011, 8:16 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link

Her Biggest Job is War

Her biggest job is war

h/t wnkr

By min | September 26, 2011, 2:17 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Kung Fu Nuns

A Buddhist monastery near Kathmandu is enjoying a surge in popularity after its spiritual leader directed its 300 nuns to use martial arts techniques.

Enrolment is rising and Buddhist nuns as far afield as the Himachal Pradesh in India want to become kung fu instructors.


The real question here is why the hell weren't they teaching them kung fu all along? If you're in a Buddhist monastery, you learn kung fu. It should be a given. I know. I've seen plenty of kung fu movies. I've seen Tai Chi Master, and God of Cookery, and the Kung Fu tv show. Monks know kung fu.

By min | September 26, 2011, 11:24 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Is there a world reknown Pink Goat-Man of Montreal?

Does anybody know anything about this creature that haunts the top of my Yahoo mail page (and soon, my dreams) demanding that i book a flight on Air Canada? And why would i listen to him? He does not look trustworthy.

Pink Goat-Man of Montreal

By fnord12 | September 15, 2011, 12:43 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link

Salmonella distribution center

Shipping baby turtles wasn't always illegal.

By fnord12 | September 15, 2011, 11:12 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link

Your coffee was terrible, and therefore you are a worthless human being

By fnord12 | September 2, 2011, 12:19 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

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