and you thought mrs. o’leary’s cow was bad

Doug Skinner just forwarded an article from an Australian paper that suggests our current war with Iraq can be tracked back further than even the Reagan administration — to a dead English cow in 1937. Here’s a clip:

A BRITISH cow that died in a field in Oxfordshire, west of London, in 1937 has emerged as the source of Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” program that led to the Iraq war.

An ear from the cow was sent to an English laboratory, where scientists discovered anthrax spores that were later used in secret biological warfare tests ordered by Winston Churchill.

The culture was sent to the US, which exported samples to Iraq during Saddam’s war against Iran in the 1980s.

Inspectors have found that this batch of anthrax was the dictator’s choice in his attempts to create biological weapons.

It makes me wonder what the dead creature draped over the power lines in my backyard might be responsible for one day. (Speaking of the thing in my backyard, a fellow from Detroit Edison came to look at it a few minutes ago, but didn’t take it away. He said that they’d have to come back with a bigger crew. I think it freaked him out… I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that it’s the size of small bear.)

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  1. Teddy Glass
    Posted August 11, 2005 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I’ve heard it said before that the Crusades could all be traced back to the botched lancing of a boil on a barmaid’s ass.

  2. Posted August 11, 2005 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Why don’t you have a photo of this dead thing?

  3. Jessica
    Posted August 11, 2005 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    “Mmmmmm. Small beer.” (A few seconds pass as she looks at her watch to see how long she has to wait until she too can confront a small, frothing beer.)

  4. chris
    Posted August 11, 2005 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    yeah, I am waiting for the photo of the thing too. Hey…maybe you could get boing boinged. This looks better on a resume than a graduate degree from an Ivy League.

  5. Posted August 11, 2005 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I third the call for photographic evidence of your cryptozoological discovery, sir. You owe it to the scientific community.

  6. Doug Skinner
    Posted August 12, 2005 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I too would like to see a photo of the dead thing before Mark eats it (or makes WMD from it). But the real story for me is UK and US hypocrisy.

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