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Strange Business: Osama bin... Amusement Park?


A private venture in Pakistan will build a $30 million amusement park at the location where Osama bin Laden was killed.

Osama Park?

First, Disney (NYSE:DIS) lost its bid for the naming rights to "SEAL Team 6," and now it missed out on this, er, opportunity.

A private venture in Pakistan will build a $30 million amusement park on the edge of the northwestern town of Abbottabad, the location where a US Navy SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden. The park will include a zoo, water sports, a mini-golf course, rock climbing, and paragliding and take five years to construct. Bin Laden's old compound has been demolished, but no park will be built on the compound's exact location because the Pakistani government fears it will earn the nickname "Osama Park."

Source: WJLA

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Wal-Mart Asks Shoppers to Get Healthy... With Crisco?

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Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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