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Saturday, April 17, 2004

Crackpots vs. authority

One crackpot doesn't want to pay taxes on his creationist theme park and another sues for licorice addiction.

IRS Probes Creationist Theme Park Operator
AP Via My Yahoo!
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Internal Revenue Service agents are investigating a man who runs a creationist theme park and museum, saying he owes taxes on proceeds of more than $1 million.

IRS agents raided the Pensacola homes and businesses of Kent Hovind, 51. Calling himself "Dr. Dino," Hovind argues against evolution and for a Biblical view of creation in travels around the world, on the Internet, videos and in literature. Agents on Wednesday confiscated computer and paper records of financial activity since 1997, but no charges have been filed against Hovind. He denied wrongdoing Friday.
In a sworn statement to obtain a search warrant, IRS agent Scott Schneider said none of Hovind's enterprises has a business license or tax-exempt status as a nonprofit entity.
Gee, doesn't the bible sort of advocate taxes?

Another crackpot blames a candy maker for the licorice binge that she thinks caused heart disease.

Licorice Addict Sues German Confectioner
Deutsche Welle
German candy manufacturer Haribo has been sued by a woman who blames her addiction to licorice and consequent heart problems on the confectioner, according to a Berlin court announcement. The 48-year-old plaintiff from Berlin is asking for 6,000 ($7,148) in damages from Haribo because she developed heart problems after consuming 400 grams (14 ounces) of the chewy candy every day for four months. She collapsed after her last binge and said she was unable to work for several months. The unnamed woman claims that Haribo failed to warn of the potentially negative effects of excessive consumption of licorice, and in particular glycyrrhizin, an active compound in licorice root.

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