How you can buy a Pacific island

Howl @ The Moon has passed along a great real estate tip, a government auction for an atoll 700 miles southwest of Hawaii. But before you jump at this deal, offered by the GSA's Office of Property Disposal, check the fine print: It apparently was the site of thermonuclear explosives testing by the U.S. military at the height of the Cold War.

If you do decide to buy the islands anyway, at least you'll know why the pineapple in your mai tai is glowing in the dark.

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