Unsuccessful Terrorist Attack on Everything2.com HQ
January 26, 2003 Posted: 2:25 PM PST
News just in! A radical fundamentalist Christian group have attempted to bomb the headquarters of leading satanic cult, Everything2.com. Representatives from anti-abortion group, Mary's Cherry Pickers, claim the attack was covertly authorised by God in an as-yet undisclosed chapter of Revelations. Leading members of the group are said to have been shocked at the perceived likeness between the Everything2.com building and an unborn foetus.
Our reporters have been unable to communicate fully with anyone from Everything2.com, but random mumblings about "nodeshells" were noted. This is the first time this weapon has been mentioned publically, although CNN war expert, Fuller Schitt, explains that they have been in development for several years. Nodeshells are popular with the Bush administration because they result in significantly more friendly fire than any previous smart bomb developed in the United States.
bradnowell, a long-time reader (and more recently noder) on the Everything2.com network, when questioned by CNN reporter Mike Hunt, stated, "I am glad that Mary's Cherry Pickers have brought to my attention the remarkable likeness between e2 HQ and an unborn foetus. Clearly this is unacceptable and I shall be demanding the removal of my account from such a blasphemous site."
It is believed that the attack failed due to the bomber forgetting to change his watch from daylight savings time. He tragically died when the car bomb exploded in his own garage. More details as they arrive.
See the original at http://email@example.com/reports/2003/WORLD/0194/259772.html. Thankfully that story is nothing more than a product of my imagination (at the moment anyway).
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