April 28, 2003
DON’T SNIFF THE MYSTERIOUS WHITE POWDER: Well, this story isn’t really that funny:
An Egyptian merchant-marine sailor met “someone” in Cairo and was given a suitcase. He traveled to Brazil to join his ship, which was loading bauxite intended for Canada. He was supposed to deliver the suitcase to “someone” in Canada, but being curious about the suitcase he opened it while in Brazil, and shortly thereafter died from anthrax. Like as not, having found the legendary white powder he suspected it was drugs, and took a sniff to see.
I don’t know if he really sniffed it — another account I saw suggested that he died of intestinal anthrax — but this is a rather serious worry.
UPDATE: Here’s more, suggesting that worry is appropriate.