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Marijuana Growing Inside Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad Compound

Next to innocent crops like potatoes and cabbage, reporters descending upon Osama bin Laden’s million-dollar hideout in Abottabad, Pakistan made an interesting discovery– marijuana plants growing in small plots on three sides of the compound’s perimeter.

Of course, with as many as three dozen people reportedly residing inside the compound, the discovery doesn’t necessarily mean that bin Laden was growing or smoking the weed himself. Then again, some have speculated that the late al-Qaeda chief was smoking it to relieve the pain from oft-repeated reports of medical ailments. We may never know.

Other details of bin Laden’s compound life:

* Compound residents refused to return balls kicked over the walls and into their yard by neighbors’ children; instead they handed out money. “When we played cricket in the field near the house, if the ball flew over their wall and we went to the gate to ask for it, the guards would be angry,” Tariq Khan, a 14-year-old schoolboy, told Bloomberg Businessweek. “They would give us up to 100 rupees ($1.20) to buy a new one,” rather than allow children to enter the compound to retrieve their balls. Some children did visit the property, however, and some of them were given pet rabbits as gifts.

* Bin Laden’s minions purchased groceries in bulk from a local store, including massive amounts of Coca-Cola and Pepsi. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, they always bought the best brands. “Nestle milk, the good-quality soaps and shampoos,” the shopkeeper said.

* In an ironic twist, the exterior wall of bin Laden’s compound was plastered with an advertisement urging women to get an education. This is anathema to bin Laden’s hyper-misogynistic views toward women.

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  1. Hope Marie Latimer via FacebookMay 5, 2011 at 12:17 amReply

    I love that all the brands mentioned in your post are quintessential American brands……oh the irony.

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