Saturday, September 23, 2006

Twice-Popping Popcorn

A new strain of genetically-modified popcorn that pops twice has hospitalized 17 people for burst stomachs. The first explosion of the kernal yields ordinary-looking popcorn; the second explosion occurs after the popcorn has been ingested, where it expands up to ten times.

Olga Carnagy was eating popcorn while watching TV at home. "I just finished the bowl, when I heard a little 'pop' inside. Then another little 'pop.' Then five at once. Then they just all went off like firecrackers and my belly swole up like a balloon on a tire pump. I woke up here at St. Catherine's Medical Center. I'm sticking with Jell-o from here on."


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