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Flying Fish: 45-ton whale explodes in city street
News.Com.AU ^ | January 29, 2004 | staff writer

Posted on 01/31/2004 7:08:54 AM PST by yankeedame


Messy: A 45-ton whale exploded in the middle of a Taiwanese city, showering the area in blood and innards.

January 29, 2004

A DEAD sperm whale being transported through Tainan City, Taiwan suddenly exploded yesterday, splattering cars and shops with blood and guts.

The 17m, 45-tonne carcass was being taken on a flat-bed trailer-truck for an autopsy.

"Because of the natural decomposing process, a lot of gases accumulated, and when the pressure build-up was too great, the whale's belly just exploded," marine biologist Professor Wang Chien-ping said.

Herald Sun


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1 posted on 01/31/2004 7:08:55 AM PST by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
Anotherone?
2 posted on 01/31/2004 7:09:39 AM PST by Rightly Biased (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/index_real.php" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: yankeedame
Okay, a while on a flatbed truck would be a head turner, but then the darn thing explodes? Now that is cool.
3 posted on 01/31/2004 7:12:41 AM PST by stylin_geek (Koffi: 0, G.W. Bush: (I lost count))
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To: stylin_geek
while = whale
4 posted on 01/31/2004 7:13:12 AM PST by stylin_geek (Koffi: 0, G.W. Bush: (I lost count))
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To: yankeedame
Because of the natural decomposing process, a lot of gases accumulated, and when the pressure build-up was too great, the whale's belly just exploded

So why hasn't this happened to Ted Kennedy yet?

5 posted on 01/31/2004 7:14:28 AM PST by Brett66
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To: yankeedame
Try a search on whale...

Only been posted here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1067803/posts
and here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1067663/posts
and here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1066695/posts
and here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1066485/posts

6 posted on 01/31/2004 7:15:39 AM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: yankeedame
This was sick.
7 posted on 01/31/2004 7:16:05 AM PST by OXENinFLA ("Egon, this reminds me of that time you tried to drill a hole in your head.")
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To: yankeedame
A DEAD sperm whale being transported through Tainan City, Taiwan suddenly exploded yesterday, splattering cars and shops with blood and guts.

AL-QAEDA!

8 posted on 01/31/2004 7:16:18 AM PST by Lazamataz
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To: yankeedame
That's one gut wrenching whale of a story!
9 posted on 01/31/2004 7:17:04 AM PST by Camachee (`)
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To: Brett66
So why hasn't this happened to Ted Kennedy yet? - LOL
10 posted on 01/31/2004 7:17:39 AM PST by Free_at_last_-2001 (is clinton in jail yet?)
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To: yankeedame

11 posted on 01/31/2004 7:20:08 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Diogenesis
I seen this on the news yesterday, people were holding their nose, I am sorry, but I had to laugh, it was so funny.
12 posted on 01/31/2004 7:23:32 AM PST by calawah98
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To: Diogenesis
Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
13 posted on 01/31/2004 7:24:21 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: yankeedame
My question is, why were they taking it for an autopsy? Was murder suspected? Did the clintons have a hand in it? Could be Arkancide.
14 posted on 01/31/2004 7:26:54 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
slacker - you forgot http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1068978/posts
sheesh, just like my sex life, I have to do everything myself. Oh wait a minute...
15 posted on 01/31/2004 7:28:29 AM PST by chance33_98 (I POST NEWS FROM ALABAMA, FLORIDA, OHIO....YEEEEEEEAAAWWWWWW)
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To: chance33_98; the_devils_advocate_666
Is using the search function on FR painful, too difficult to comprehend, or what am I missing?
16 posted on 01/31/2004 7:38:10 AM PST by b4its2late (If you ain't makin' waves, you ain't kickin' hard enough!)
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To: Cicero
Did the clintons have a hand in it?

For sure slick did. It was a sperm whale...... :-)

17 posted on 01/31/2004 7:39:44 AM PST by b4its2late (If you ain't makin' waves, you ain't kickin' hard enough!)
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To: b4its2late
Not always, but consider how some people post. I post often at work between projects/problems. You do a quick search, don't see it matching your headline, post, run off to do more. I have posted about 8700 articles since I started, I even once posted an editorial I had already posted - now that is bad :)
18 posted on 01/31/2004 7:42:36 AM PST by chance33_98 (I POST NEWS FROM ALABAMA, FLORIDA, OHIO....YEEEEEEEAAAWWWWWW)
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To: b4its2late
BTW - the link I posted was for this posting ;)
19 posted on 01/31/2004 7:43:13 AM PST by chance33_98 (I POST NEWS FROM ALABAMA, FLORIDA, OHIO....YEEEEEEEAAAWWWWWW)
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To: b4its2late; chance33_98
I really do think the problem is the default "Order by relevance", and then you have to search again to get "Order by post time".

Discussed at length in this thread: "Order by post time" rocks. "Order by relevance" sucks.

20 posted on 01/31/2004 7:46:07 AM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: b4its2late
For sure slick did. It was a sperm whale...... :-)

This was a sperm whale, Clinton spermed Whales.

21 posted on 01/31/2004 7:46:12 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: chance33_98
You must have the same photographic memory that I have, unfortunately nothing ever develops..... But, I see the same article over and over and over and over and it makes me crazy and then I want to go to Arkansas, and Idaho, and New York, and Washington, and Oregon, and Arizona, and California and.........
22 posted on 01/31/2004 7:47:55 AM PST by b4its2late (If you ain't makin' waves, you ain't kickin' hard enough!)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
Yes, you are correct, order by post time is what I always use.
23 posted on 01/31/2004 7:48:53 AM PST by b4its2late (If you ain't makin' waves, you ain't kickin' hard enough!)
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To: Brett66
" So why hasn't this happened to Ted Kennedy yet? "

Because Fat Teddy releases that pressure by expelling nauseous hot gasses everytime he sees an open microphone or television camera, that's why.
24 posted on 01/31/2004 7:50:42 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (I'd rather be driving my '57 Chevy)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
And I just bumped that thread.....
25 posted on 01/31/2004 7:50:55 AM PST by b4its2late (If you ain't makin' waves, you ain't kickin' hard enough!)
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To: reagan_fanatic
Because Fat Teddy releases that pressure by expelling nauseous hot gasses everytime he sees an open microphone or television camera, that's why.

From both ends at the same time BTW....

26 posted on 01/31/2004 7:51:41 AM PST by b4its2late (If you ain't makin' waves, you ain't kickin' hard enough!)
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To: yankeedame
flat-bed trailer-truck for an autopsy.

Shouldn't that be a flat-bed lorry?. How do you expect me to learn Austalian, mate?

27 posted on 01/31/2004 7:53:07 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Uday and Qusay are ead-day)
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To: Brett66
So why hasn't this happened to Ted Kennedy yet?

Because the alcohol content prevents gas from forming, it acts as a preservetive, unfortunatly for Us...

28 posted on 01/31/2004 7:54:50 AM PST by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
I would agree, I have many times used one key word and clicked by time, works well most of the time. I usually bump the article if I find it. When I was working nights I posted a lot of things which got little or no comment as many people weren't online at the time, someone else posted later in day same thing and many more saw it.

Another way to search is to use google and append freerepublic (which is how I do a search to find some of my postings from time gone by). What one has to weigh I think is the time it takes to post versus doing a real good search. I can post an article in less than 60 seconds. Wading through searches and checking can easily double that time and more (and when I am on a roll while at work time can be of the essence to me).

Perhaps a future development that could be done would be to have search built in to posting using several variables and showing you other articles which are related during preview phase. At any rate the search feature could be better but if one really wants to using the current one they could find if something has been posted (and as an aside, is there a way other than google you can search your own posts?)

I will go make coffee and perhaps I will be thinking more clearly :)

29 posted on 01/31/2004 7:56:38 AM PST by chance33_98 (I POST NEWS FROM ALABAMA, FLORIDA, OHIO....YEEEEEEEAAAWWWWWW)
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To: yankeedame
Look at these pictures of a whale transported openly on a flatbed and try to imagine seeing a similar scene in your city. Can you? Ah, the stuff we miss by not living overseas.
30 posted on 01/31/2004 8:01:55 AM PST by rabidralph (What will be FR's panty-twist topic of the day?)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
Never use the search feature when you can just post again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again
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31 posted on 01/31/2004 8:14:48 AM PST by Rightly Biased (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com/index_real.php" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: yankeedame
They should do a DNA test to be sure that it wasn't Ted Kennedy!
32 posted on 01/31/2004 8:27:55 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: Rightly Biased
A true zen master of the:

<ctrl>-c <ctrl>-v [<ctrl>-v ...]

33 posted on 01/31/2004 8:35:00 AM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Cicero
My question is, why were they taking it for an autopsy? Was murder suspected? Did the clintons have a hand in it? ....

LOL!! ... Learn to the truth on the next "Forensic Files" here on Court TV.

34 posted on 01/31/2004 8:53:15 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: yankeedame
Yeah, and who is the poor slob stuck with the job of doing an autopsy on a rapidly decomposing whale -- talk about thankless labor....
35 posted on 01/31/2004 9:02:13 AM PST by BartMan1
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To: martin_fierro
Looks like the Oregon DOT was busy again ;0)
36 posted on 01/31/2004 9:08:58 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks (What am I rebelling against? Well, what do ya got?)
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