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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

This Blog Is Not A Pipe Bomb

An Ohio University graduate student was recently charged with a misdemeanor for inducing panic when the Columbus Division of Fire's bomb squad shut down several buildings and destroyed his bicycle. The cause for concern was a sticker on the bike featuring the name of a Florida punk band, "This Bike Is Not A Pipe Bomb." Officials say that there would have been no problem had the sticker been put on a telephone pole instead. The Columbus Dispatch has the details.

On the one hand, we must recognize that context is everything, and it is probably unwise to label your personal goods as homemade explosives just as it is unwise to tell terrorist jokes in the line at the airport. On the other hand, what kind of terrorist mass-produces stickers for actual bike-shaped pipe bombs?

Update: I just noticed that the University dropped the charges today.

1 Comments:

At 9:06 AM, Blogger Dan said...

what kind of terrorist mass-produces stickers for actual bike-shaped pipe bombs?

The brilliant kind.

 

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