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A 16-year-old girl did the unthinkable when she mistakenly confused marijuana for vegetables and prepared them for dinner.
This baffling incidence occurred in Kiarimui Township, Runyenjes, Embu County. Courtesy of
Njeru, a high school teacher, is an enthusiastic farmer whose shamba flourishes with vegetables both during the rain and dry seasons. The vegetables are indigenous and of unique varieties — some from as far as Western Kenya.
That particular evening, his wife requested her niece who had come visiting for the holidays to get the vegetables as she prepared ugali. However, her niece, Jackie, was not conversant with most vegetable varieties and was reportedly, eager to try out any vegetable plant that she stumbled on.
However, when the food was ready, something peculiar happened. The lastborn child, who was the first to be served, started smiling after a few bites and fell into deep sleep.
The others, who ate with relish, also kept smiling sheepishly, apart from Jackie since she was eating her ugali with sour milk.
Shortly after, the smiles graduated into helpless laughter. Something as petty as a lizard darting across the wall would send the whole family reeling with laughter.
“Finish up, we need to go to bed,” Jackie said innocently, sending her cousins wild with laughter.
Drama escalated when the head of the family suddenly became irritable. Out of the blue, he attacked his wife, complaining that she was overworking his niece.
This agitated his wife who tried to defend herself. But when Njeru raised his hand to slap her, like her sons, she burst into uncontrollable laughter. Nevertheless, she still hurled a few choice insults at him
According to Jackie, the whole situation started generating into an absurd movie. The air was filled with unreasonable shrills and shrieks forcing her to scream for help.
Some of the family’s immediate neighbours who quickly responded were heard whispering about a curse having befallen the family. Others talked of witchcraft and ghosts.
But a village elder who was present suggested that the family seek medical attention. Njage, a neighbour, quickly rushed them to a nearby dispensary in the family car. Not that it was easy herding the laughing lot into the car.
At the dispensary, the nurse, after carrying out elementary tests, demanded to know what they had eaten. Jackie described the meal she had prepared and was asked to get a sample of the ‘vegetable’ before treatment could commence because according to a nurse, their meal contained a hard drug.
A close associate of Njeru later disclosed to Crazy Monday that the schoolteacher has been secretly growing marijuana in some secluded parts of his shamba. No one knew it. Not even his wife of 12 years.
While marijuana is a banned drug, few Kenyans know how it looks like.

High school students have been known to plant it in flowerbeds right beneath the Principals’ noses while many housewives only learn the strange looking herb on the farms is contraband when their husbands get arrested

By Evelyne Njeru for the standard.


On Monday, a woman from Butere sent Radio Jambo a bizarre text message and minutes later they called her. She narrates the story of how her husband has acquired massive riches within a very short period of time. They have lost their two children in two years and curiously on a similar date.

ImageShe told Radio Jambo’s Gidi how the husband became rich every time their child died. After the first death, the husband bought two vehicles, and after the second, he bought six motorcycles.
In their six room house, their is one room she is forbidden from accessing, but events that happened just recently made her break the door and find out what is hidden inside. On one evening, she was not feeling well and so the husband was preparing the food. She was shocked to find him stirring soup with a dried up human hand. They argued terribly and the following day she decided enough was enough, the door was coming down. What she found in the private room is a scene straight from a horror movie. Several private parts and human heads.
On confronting her husband, he was very unapologetic and promised to kill her just as he had killed their children. She was told that she would drop dead the minute she walked out of that house. When the woman called Radio Jambo, she was still in the house but unfortunately, her husband came and killed her moments later.
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The new $100 bill includes advanced security features designed to simultaneously thwart
counterfeiters and allow for
authentication without special
Why is the US’s new $100 bill

The quick answer, say banking
experts, is that $100 bills are the most common use of American currency by foreigners. Two-thirds of all $100 bills are in foreign pockets. Therefore,
international counterfeiters feel they can get away with bigger sums of fake cash in the far reaches of Europe , Africa, and Asia – not to mention being far from the spotlights of law enforcement.

“The necessity of such a move can be easily debated. Counterfeiting of US currency is quite a big deal, especially in markets outside the US,”, says Scott J. Dressler. Assistant professor of economics at Villanova University’s School of Business.

Among the many new high-tech
security features , a blue ribbon will give a 3-D effect to micro-images on the bill. Tilt the note back and forth and you will see tiny bells on the ribbon change to 100s as they move….And that’s one of the reasons for the new design. “You can check these
features without holding the bills up to a special light,” says Edwin
Donovan of the US Secret Service .
While the added security features
should thwart counterfeits of the new note for the time being, the old note will remain in circulation and can still be counterfeited, Mr. Dressler says.

“While the old notes get retired,
counterfeiting becomes more difficult.
Therefore, you can think of this as the beginning of the end for
counterfeiters – until they can
successfully pass off a counterfeit of the new bill.”

The perception that paper money is on the way out as consumers opt for debit and credit cards is incorrect, says Chad Wasilenkoff, CEO of Fortress Paper, which produces high quality security paper including bank notes and passports. “Contrary to popular
opinion, banknotes, which are
commonly known as ‘paper money,’ ‘bills,’ or ‘notes,’ are more in demand than ever across the globe,” he says.

The design of the new bill was
unveiled Wednesday, but won’t
appear in circulation until February, 2011.

“As with previous U.S. currency
redesigns, this note incorporates the best technology available to ensure we’re staying ahead of counterfeiters,” said Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner , at the unveiling.
Those still in possession of the old-style bills needn’t do anything, officials say. “When the new design $100 note is issued … the approximately 6.5 billion old design $100s already in circulation will remain legal tender,”
said Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Ben S. Bernanke . “U.S. currency users should know they will not have to trade in their old design notes when the new notes begin circulating.”