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Monday, August 16, 2004

Strange foods here; from a discussion on rec.food.cooking:
http://www.pottedmeatmuseum.com/
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From Alex Bensky in soc.history.what-if:

The August 23, 2004 issue of Outlook India has a collection of articles on various Indian what-ifs.

http://www.outlookindia.com/
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From http://althistory.blogspot.com. Note that these are from several different alternate
histories:

[August 16] in 1987, Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed on takeoff from Detroit. Everyone on board was killed, except for one 4-year old girl, Cecelia Cichan, who emerged from the wreckage with burned clothing, but not a scratch on her. Cecelia also survived a car crash that killed her grandparents in 1995; a fire that burned down her foster parents’ house in 1998; and the collapse of her apartment building in 2001 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was taken into custody by the U.S. military shortly after this.

[August 15] in 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, Corsica. He rose from somewhat humble beginnings to unite Italy under him as Napoleon I. He conquered virtually all of continental Europe during his 13-year reign of the Italian Empire.

[August 14] en 1910, la 6th ciujara konferenco en Esperanto estis en Washington, D.C. La lingvo universala estas paroli cxie, nu.

[August 14] in 1995, Cato Faulkner became the 1st male cadet in the history of The Citadel, South Carlino’s state military college. He quit the school less than a week later. This only reinforced the sexist notion that boys aren’t as tough as women, and made it twice as hard on the 2nd male cadet.

[August 13] in 2003, Estelle Gerard, daughter of Sylvie Gerard, heals a blind woman in Istanbul by taking her hand and praying. Templars of the Holy British Empire, hearing of this, head to the Middle East to dispatch the young girl that they believe to be the antichrist.

[August 10] in 1911, the Parliament Act reduces the power of the British House of Commons to ceremonial duties. They are essentially a rubber stamp for the House of Lords, where virtually all parliamentary power is now concentrated. The Prime Minister, Lord Harold Fitzhugh, declares, “This is not America, where the Communists lead the rabble down to chaos. In Britain, the lower classes know their place.”

[August 10] in 2002, Sylvie Gerard spirits her newborn daughter out of Jesu, France moments before Templars of the Holy British Empire arrive and begin slaughtering all the newborns. For forty days and nights, she wanders the French countryside, seeking refuge from the Pope’s edict.

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"[August 16] in 1987, Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed on takeoff from Detroit. Everyone on board was killed, except for one 4-year old girl, Cecelia Cichan, who emerged from the wreckage with burned clothing, but not a scratch on her. Cecelia also survived a car crash that killed her grandparents in 1995; a fire that burned down her foster parents’ house in 1998; and the collapse of her apartment building in 2001 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was taken into custody by the U.S. military shortly after this."

Ok, 99% of this is bull crap. I know Cecelia Cichan, and I happen to know to she was BADLY injured in the plane crash. She had a head injury and multiple third degree burns, asnd was in the hospital for quite some time following the accident. She then moved to Alabama to live with relatives who adopted her a couple of years later. She's never lived in Minnesota, so the part about the Minnesota apartment complex is clearly false, and she's never been in foster care or military custody. And, as far as I know, her grandparents didn't die in a car crash!
 
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