Al-Qaeda Prohibits Gender Mixing of Vegetables

Maters and cukesYes, that is a weird headline. But it means what it says.

I never would have found this on my own, which is part of why I’ve always found Chuck Shepherd’s News of the Weird to be so entertaining and enlightening.

American commanders cite al-Qaida’s severe brand of Islam, which is so extreme that in Baqouba, al-Qaida has warned street vendors not to place tomatoes beside cucumbers because the vegetables are different genders, Col. David Sutherland said.

This reminds me of another story I found on News of the Weird a few years back, where a band of villagers in Bosnia or Kosovo, I can’t remember which, insisted that the American soldiers stationed nearby kill a dog that they (the soldiers) had adopted, because “it was a Serbian dog.” I wish I could find that in the News of the Weird archives.


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