August 12, 2004

And now . . . this

This just in from Rome:

A retired Italian man could face up to a year and a half in prison if found guilty of killing his six pet hamsters and one guinea-pig by throwing them off his terrace into passing traffic.

The man, detained by police after the guinea-pig crashed into the windshield of a car, told officials that he had accidentally knocked the animals off his terrace while sweeping, AGI news agency reported on Thursday.

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I'm sorry, this is probably one of those stories that I really shouldn't be laughing so hard at. But when you read deathless prose like:

By studying the trajectory of the pets' bodies they were able to identify the man's apartment.

you just gotta.