Ducks, dorks and deviants: Wackiest stories of 2008

It's not all bits and bytes

While copper thieves aren't known for their brain power, a new depravity is infiltrating their ranks: stealing sometimes live ammunition from military bombing ranges. An Army Times/AP story said bombing ranges have become prime hunting grounds for so-called scrappers, who are motivated by soaring commodity prices to take greater risks in their quest for brass, copper and aluminum. Since the Pentagon estimates up to 10 percent of bombs, missiles and grenades fail to detonate, well, many scrappers find that out the hard way.

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