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    Cyburbian JNL's avatar
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    Oddspot: onion tide

    In the local news this morning:

    Warning: know your onions
    20 February 2004

    People have been warned not to eat thousands of onions found floating on Porirua's inner harbour and strewn along Kapiti and Porirua coastlines.

    Members of the public have been picking up the onions washed onto beaches between Otaki and Porirua as a result of this week's storm.

    Porirua City Council environment and regulatory services manager David Rolfe said the onions may have been contaminated by raw sewage from systems that had been overwhelmed.

    Kapiti Coast District Council public relations adviser Tony Cronin said turnips, potatoes, kiwifruit, pumpkin, a dead goat and a television set had washed up on Paraparaumu Beach.

    With a king tide due overnight, it was likely more produce would be washed up today, and people were strongly advised not to eat any, he said. The council would start a cleanup today.

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    "The Kapiti Coast District Council further warned people against eating the brown onions."

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    In New Zealand you have fruit and vegetables washing up on the shore. In the United States we get hypodermic needles and used diapers.
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    In New Zealand you have fruit and vegetables washing up on the shore.
    and dead goats and TVs apparently!

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    Better than the body of a missing fisherman that turned up in Black's Harbour last week.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    donk that is sad


    Cardinal - I remember when my family hosted some Japanese exchange students and we took them to the beach and they wanted to know where all the rubbish was, and we were like 'what rubbish?' and they thought the beach must have already been cleaned that day... I don't think they believed us that there was no cleaning required!

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    The council would start a cleanup today.
    Two words: stinky compost!
    All these years the people said he’s actin’ like a kid.
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    d dead goats and TVs apparently!
    Sounds like a kodac moment is on order. I'd like some pics of the mess.

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    Quote Originally posted by The Irish One
    Sounds like a kodac moment is on order. I'd like some pics of the mess.
    ask and you shall receive... but sorry no animals or electronics
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2820282a10,00.html
    (tried to save pic but easier to follow link)

    What I wanna know, is what's up with the scary lady on the right? Look at her eyes!

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    Quote Originally posted by JNL
    Hmm I thought that website had a familiar looking color scheme.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNL
    What I wanna know, is what's up with the scary lady on the right? Look at her eyes!
    Weird... Her face tells me she already ate a few onions :-P

    Here you'll likely find plastic bottles, shoes, and wood and nets from fishing boats.

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    Eagle eyes.

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    SkeL - we do get some rubbish too, just not lots of it. Plastic would be the biggest offender - bottle caps, bottles, containers etc.

    There's a whole lot of tree trunks and massive branches along the foreshore at the moment after all the flooding - quite a sight!

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    Quote Originally posted by JNL
    SkeL - we do get some rubbish too, just not lots of it. Plastic would be the biggest offender - bottle caps, bottles, containers etc.
    They don't say "Hecho en Chile"*, do they? If so, I'm sorry...

    * Translation (for the ones that don't understand anything of spanish) : Made in Chile.

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    Quote Originally posted by el Guapo
    "The Kapiti Coast District Council further warned people against eating the brown onions."
    It's because they're genetically engineered onions, isn't it?




    However, Rolfe said the dead goat, being GE free, is safe for human consumption.

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