Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Heads will roll over this one

This comes hot off the Associated Press wire.

Truck Spills 2 Tons of Pig Heads on Road

BERLIN (AP) -- A truck spilled two tons of pigs' heads on a road in western Germany, giving passing drivers a shock on the night before Halloween, police said Tuesday.

The accident happened Monday night after the truck turned off a highway in Herne, in the Ruhr region, police in Bochum said.

As the driver accelerated away from a traffic light, the door of his trailer opened, spilling the severed heads onto the road.

It took the fire service, helped by a fork-lift truck, an hour-and-a-half to load the heads back onto the truck.

I wonder where they were headed. Oh, is that a bad pun? Sorry, didn't mean to poke fun. Actually, yes I did. I'm glad I didn't have to clean that up, but that's pretty funny stuff there.

On a more serious note, here's some of the other agriculture-related items making the wires today.


Archer Daniels Midland is reporting that their first quarter profits have nearly doubled. Read the full story here. The story speculates that a recent executive hire may mean the agriculture company plants to venture even further into the ethanol game.


And speaking of ag-based energy, a Vermont college is now getting half of its energy from methane produced by farms in the region. You can read the story here. They may call my alma mater (Oregon State University) Moo U, but my old cow college can't hold a candle to Green Mountain College. Then again holding a candle may not be a great idea around all that bovine-supplied methane. You can read the college's take on getting energy from dairy cattle here.


If in your Halloween preparations you found that carving a jack-o-lantern hit a glitch when your pumpkin's stem popped off, an agriculture company is trying to fix that. A scientist with Monsanto is trying to breed a better, sturdier stem. Don't flip your lid until you read this.


OK, so I'm full of bad puns today — or mental methane, depending on your perspective.

Is it a linguistic trick or an amusing treat? You decide.

Happy Halloween.

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