PHUKET: Eastern Europe caught the attention of Weird World News this week, with a fine display of odd-ball antics served up by Poland, Bulgaria and Estonia.
Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair up for rent
HITLER’S massive fortified base, The Wolfe’s Lair, has gone on the rental market in Poland.
The site, where the Nazi leader spent most of World War II and a famous assassination attempt on his life took place, is now available to rent for about 4.4 million baht a year.
Located in a secluded forest in the east of the country, The Wolfe’s Lair is a 13-hectare area which, during WWII, was in German East Prussia.
The Wolfe’s Lair was the nerve center of the Nazi operations to the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945. With bombproof bunkers, Hitler’s henchmen commanded a force of 2,000 security personnel to guard the site.
Today, the Polish Forestry Service that owns the camp is searching for a suitable tenant after a 20-year lease recently expired, The Telegraph reported.
German forces, beaten into retreat, dynamited most of the bunkers in November 1944, but the remains of the site are still a popular tourist attraction, with about 180,000 visitors a year.
Plans are in motion for a new hotel and restaurant near the site to cater to tourists.
The site was also where Count Claus von Stauffenberg tried to kill Hitler at a staff meeting by concealing a bomb in a briefcase in July, 1944.
The only reason Stauffenberg failed was a last-minute change of venue for the meeting, and because the briefcase was moved away from Hitler seconds before it exploded.
Known as the July 20 Plot, all conspirators were executed within days of the bungled assassination attempt.
Banned Bulgarian football ref uses bogus name
A BULGARIAN football referee this week took charge of a friendly match between two top-flight teams using a false name. Why? Because he was banned by the country’s football association.
He took charge of the match between Werder Bremen and AZ Alkmaa, state television BNT reported.
Luchezar Yonov reportedly pinched the name of another Bulgarian referee to dupe authorities.
Yonov and his assistants, Petar Tarulov and Emil Mitev, were among the referees who were suspended in 2011 for officiating at international matches in South America without informing the BFU, Reuters reported.
One Bulgarian referee said Yonov was a sneaky fellow.
German club Werder beat their Dutch opponents 2-1 in the match held in Turkey, but there were several dubious referee decisions, including 10 minutes’ extra time, a controversial penalty kick decision and a free kick in the 9th minute of extra time.
A Union of European Football Associations’ inquiry continues.
Underwater checkers play heats up in Estonia
SCUBA diving in Estonia in January is so miserable that heated swimming pools are the new ‘cool’ sites to dive.
While ice covers reservoirs and the best dive sites are almost inaccessible due to the bitter conditions, Estonian divers are now finding their thrills playing checkers in the tepid confines of public swimming pools.
On Sunday, 42 divers from all over Estonia gathered for the third championship of underwater checkers, but it seems the divers were more interested in the diving than the board games, The Telegraph reported.
Any diving enthusiast can take part in the event. With no age or gender restrictions, this is one competitive activity even grandmother or grandfather can enter.
The underwater checker player is allowed six minutes per game, but staying submerged at the bottom of the pool is where most beginners find trouble.
A year ago the same divers’ company set the Guinness world record, with 55 contestants playing checkers underwater at the same time.
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— Fraser Morton
Man stung by scorpion hiding in bag of fruit
A Bangkok man has taken to social media to warn fruit lovers to check fruit thoroughly before eating it, after he was stung by a baby scorpion hiding in a bag of langsat fruit.
Pennung Chaiyachit says he put his hand in the bag, which contained about 2 kilos of the fruit, when he felt a sharp pain as if his thumb had been cut.
Mr Pennung washed his thumb and poured some rubbing alcohol on it but, despite there being no visible wound or any bleeding, his pain began to get worse and he decided to drive to hospital.
While waiting to see a doctor, Mr Pennung did an internet search which revealed a breed of tiny scorpion that can live on langsat fruit and has particularly powerful venom.
The doctor decided to keep Mr Pennung in overnight as a precaution, giving him antibiotics and administering pain relief through IV.
Mr Pennung documented his experience on Facebook as a warning to others, advising them to always check bags of fruit thoroughly and always wash fruit before peeling.
SOURCE: Thai Residents
Pet leopard not a hit with neighbours in Chonburi, Thailand
A couple in Chonburi, eastern Thailand, have not ingratiated themselves with neighbours after it was revealed they’re keeping a pet leopard in their home.
It’s understood that a Thai woman known as Nittiya, and her foreign husband, nationality unconfirmed, have just recently moved to the area from Chiang Mai, and news of their unusual pet has put neighbours very much on edge.
The couple have just had a visit from the Thailand Wildlife Enforcement Network (Thailand-WEN) after anxious villagers notified officials, saying they believed the leopard had been acquired illegally.
They added that the leopard was living in the couple’s home and being treated as a pet, expressing concern that it could escape and attack people.
Yesterday, officials visited the home, which is surrounded by a 3-metre-high wall. Nittaya explained that the couple have had the leopard – named Typhoon – since it was born 4 years ago, producing the required documentation for inspection.
Officials agreed that the couple have the right to keep the leopard, but will need to apply for a new licence to keep it in its new location.
SOURCE: Thai Residents
JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala, Phuket
PHOTOS: Newshawk Phuket
Not often we get to write this headline… “JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala”.
The jetski was being towed by a Saleng (motorcycle and side-car) through the streets of Kamala this afternoon when, for reasons we don’t yet (probably brake failure), the whole shebang went AWOL and ended up running into the front window of some tourist shops.
The jetskis are a common sight going through the backroads of the various west-coast shopping areas at the start and end of each day, on their way to the beach to hire to tourists, usually in a convoy with the jetski staff riding shotgun on top.
This time it was a lone JetSki, being towed by a saleng, that somehow veered off the street and into the roadside Kamala shops.
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