Thursday, June 06, 2002

Eep! I overslept pretty bad so I am going to have to make the morning post a quick one....

Horrible Question of the Day

A funeral is taking place. You do not know anyone at the funeral or anyone involved with it. As a family member is making their heartfelt, teary speech you must run into the midst of the crowd and scream at the top of your lungs, "I'M GLAD THEIR DEAD! HA HA HA HA HA!" and then run away. If you agree to do this you will earn $100,000 fake Smith & Doe dollars.

85% of those asked by Smith & Doe would ruin the funeral for cash.

News Story of the Day

Cremation Ashes Startle Baseball Fans

SEATTLE (May 24) - An attempt to honor a dead man's beloved baseball team went badly awry on Friday when the stadium where the Seattle Mariners play was evacuated after a plane dropped his cremated ashes into Safeco Field, officials said. A bag containing the man's ashes failed to open properly and crashed into the stadium, spewing white powder and prompting officials to dispatch a hazardous materials team.

An eyewitness saw the bag fall from a Cessna 182 airplane and called emergency officials, mindful of the Sept. 11 attacks in which airliners were crashed into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

"In light of 9-11 and the fact that this involved an aircraft, we were very concerned that this might be some kind of attack," Seattle Fire Department spokesman Harold Webb said.

Federal flight rules prohibit dropping any object from an airplane, and the release of cremated ashes over an urban area is very rare, said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the incident.

"This was a quite reputable local company that does this a couple of times a year, but honestly, I've never heard of a location such as this," Kenitzer said. "I guess the deceased was a big Seattle Mariners fan."

The Mariners pack about 45,000 people into the stadium each game and have a series scheduled at Safeco Field through the weekend. A spokesman for the team said it was considering several options, including seeking charges against the airplane operator.

"We did not know this was happening and we're quite upset about it," said Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly. "This could have been a very serious situation."

Officials declined to release the name of the airplane operator, but local television reported it was Wings Aloft, a charter and rental company based at Seattle's King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field. A company official did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
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