No. 478: "Shoppers Special"
A Swiss group, Christian Solidarity International, just bought 4,435 more of something in the Sudan, at $33 each, bringing its total purchase to 38,000, and attracting harsh criticism from the United Nations. What did it buy, and why did the United Nations disapprove?
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Wednesday's Question (No. 477)—"Game Boy":
Although the opening ceremony isn't until Friday, Taiwanese weightlifter Chen Po-pu has already become the first Olympic athlete in Sydney to do something. What?
"Clear out a traffic jam by throwing cars onto other streets."—Fred Petrick
"Be carried from the arena in the arms of his Svengali-like coach, Bela Karolyi."—Peter Carlin
"Consider me 'similarly' for anything involving Bobby Knight-style conduct with a kangaroo."—Josh Kamensky
"Attempt to discredit his opponents by muttering the word 'rats' while they were announced during qualifying rounds."—Charlie Glassenberg
"Swallow a gymnast whole."—Francis Heaney
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