Found this one on talk.bizarre:
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~From: email@example.com (Simon Travaglia, Analyst/Programmer)
~Subject: MAN BAKES CAKE WITH RECIPE FOUND ON INTERNET!!!
~Date: 8 Aug 95 14:25:32 +1200
MAN BAKES CAKE WITH RECIPE FOUND ON INTERNET!
Hamilton, New Zealand, 8-Aug-1995
A Hamilton (New Zealand) Analyst Programmer, Simon Travaglia, was caught
last week baking a cake from a recipe he found 'On the Internet..'. Police
were called in when neighbours became suspicious about 'bakery smells'
wafting into their homes from Travaglia's residence. Police noted that
Travaglia had in his posession sophisticated cake-baking apparatus
including an oven and several professionally crafted spatulas, which, if
used properly, could have produced 10 or more cakes in a single day.
Police also found a stockpile of cakes, including several banana cakes, two
chocolate cakes, and a self-saucing pudding. At the time of his arrest, Mr
Travaglia was apparently in the process of making several scones which were
appeared destined to be stored in 'scone-caches' around the city. The
Police also found was a larder full of ingredients with an estimated street
value of several dollars.
Experts who examined one cake surmised that it had an estimated yield of "8
slices, possibly 10 if you cut it up thinner".
A well-known member of parliament has renewed his calls for censorship of
"Usenet News" groups which distribute such material. He says: "We are faced
with a situation whereby school-age-children, without the knowledge of
their parents, can download recipes by the dozen, and store them in
encrypted form on the computer. Parents cannot be expected to Police this
information, and it is time legislation was put into place to prevent the
distribution of these recipes and punish those responsible for attempting
When it was pointed out that several similar recipes were available at many
public libraries, the Minister indicated that libraries were in a position
to control access to these books both by placing them in prominent places
under the watchful eyes of library staff and also on the top shelves of
book stacks. He similarly refuted claims that cakes such as the ones found
could be made by any third year cookery student.
"These cakes" he said "were not made by trial and error. I have been
assured by experts that the icing on the top of the chocolate cake in
particular was applied by a practised hand. If this information is out
there, it will be found and used, and it's obvious that the Internet has NO
conscience when it comes to the distribution of sweet foods. We must act,
and we must act now!"
Meantime the Police have confirmed that despite all attempts to the
contrary, three of the seized cakes had 'gone off'. On this occasion,
no-one was seriously injured, although one officer was taken to sick bay
with 'a sore tummy'.
Simon Travaglia, Univ of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand