That Australian Collar-Bomb Was Fake

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Media line the barriers after police cordon off the street where Madeleine Pulver, age 18, endured a horrifying 10-hour ordeal after a masked man strapped a device around her neck at her home in Sydney on August 4, 2011. A manhunt was under way August 4 for a suspect who attached what turned out to be a fake bomb to a terrified Sydney teenager in a drama described as "like something out of a Hollywood movie script". AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Media line the barriers after police cordon off the street where Madeleine Pulver, age 18, endured a horrifying 10-hour ordeal after a masked man strapped a device around her neck at her home in Sydney on August 4, 2011. A manhunt was under way August 4 for a suspect who attached what turned out to be a fake bomb to a terrified Sydney teenager in a drama described as "like something out of a Hollywood movie script". AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/2011 AFP

An entire continent (a small one, admittedly) was transfixed yesterday by the strange saga of Madeleine Pulver, an 18-year-old girl from a well-to-do Sydney family who found herself in the middle of a bizarre extortion attempt after a home-intruder wearing a ski mask chained a bomb and a ransom note around her neck. Pulver was freed after ten hours, but police now say that the bomb contained no explosives and wasn't real. Somehow, that's even more messed up. [AP]