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Weird World News: Grrrrrrrrrreat escape in Ohio, monster mistake for giant slipper man and tears for loveable crocodile Pocho

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Weird World News: Grrrrrrrrrreat escape in Ohio, monster mistake for giant slipper man and tears for loveable crocodile Pocho | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Animals leaped into the world’s news headlines this week with scary, silly and sad stories to report.

The great Ohio escape: Monkey still AWOL, feared eaten by lion

A FUGITIVE monkey who has been on the run from Ohio police since Tuesday night is presumed dead, eaten by one his “big cat” accomplices.

One of the 18 tigers or 17 lions among the 58 animals who were set free from the Muskingum Exotic Animal Farm late Tuesday night by their owner are thought to have eaten the Macaque monkey.

Police have now officially ended their search for the monkey.

Sherrif’s deputies shot and killed 48 of the animals after Terry Thompson, the owner of the farm, opened all the animals’ cages before committing suicide, the Telegraph reports

His body was found close to the cages with bite marks to the head. They are believed to have been inflicted shortly after his death by one of his large cats.

With wolves, tigers, bears and lions on the loose, schools were closed in the Zanesville area on Wednesday and flashing signs along highways warned: “Caution exotic animals” and “Stay in vehicle”.

Police officers were under orders to shoot to kill all animals when the alarm was first raised in the early hours of Wednesday morning due to fear the animals would evade capture under the cover of night.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said public safety was his primary concern and that his “suspects” were not everyday house cats or dogs, but “300 pound Bengal Tigers”.

Animals rights activits have been voicing their outrage at the shootings.

HOAX of the week: Monster slipper fit for a giant delivered to man’s home

A SLEW of British newspapers were caught up in an elaborate hoax this week about a man who mistakenly received a size 1,450 monster slipper – big enough for him to sleep in.

The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mirror and other major newspapers reported that Londoner Tom Boddingham, 27, ordered a custom-fit size 14.5 monster slipper from Hong Kong, but the manufacturer misplaced the decimal point and sent him the giant slipper, measuring seven feet long.

The Guardian today reports the story to be an elaborate PR stunt from Monster Slippers, and the “real” Tom is actually a bloke called Jospeh Jennings, none other than the web manager for the slipper company.

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Tears for last act of Pocho the crocodile

ONE of the world’s most famous crocodiles was given a heroe’s funeral this week.

Pocho, a 14-foot-long crocodile, was a local legend in Siquirres, Costa Rica, a small banana farming town. Pocho and his owner Gilberto Shedden, 54, were a double act called Tarzon Tico.

Their weekly Sunday shows were a much-loved tradition in the town. They used to wrestle each other much to the delight of locals and thousands of internet fans around the world.

Hundreds of locals lined the streets to pay their respects to the 70-stone Pocho and Gilberto, wearing his trademark loincloth, sat alongside his beloved friend for the funeral procession.

Tarzan Tico performed for eight years, putting on shows that helped put the Caribbean town on the map.

Gilberto found the Pocho in a river badly injured from a gunshot wound to the head 20 years ago. Her nursed Pocho back to health and the two became best friends.

Pocho’s body will be embalmed and put on display in a local museum.

Click here to see some of Tarzan Tico’s amazing acts.

Remember to tune in next week for more of the Phuket Gazette’s new Weird World News round-up.

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China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers.

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China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers. | The Thaiger

China is the least believing country in the world but belief in a God gets 100 per cent mention in countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and Philippines, according to the survey by Gallup International.

According to the survey exploring religious tendencies of 66,000 people in 68 countries across the world, 62 per cent of people in the world define themselves as religious, 74% of people globally believe we have a ‘soul’ and 71% believe in a God. Another 56% believe in heaven, 54% in life after death and 49% in hell.

China has the highest percentage of atheists in the world with 67% not believing in any religion. Every seven out ten people are atheists, more than double than any other country. 23% consider themselves as non-religious. Less than 10% identify themselves as religious in China.

China’s atheist percentage is followed by Japan, a long way behind in second place at 29%, Slovenia (28%) and Chech Republic (25%). Despite rapid industrialisation and urbanisation religion has stayed relevant in the South Korean region with only 23% identifying as atheist.

China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers. | News by The Thaiger

European countries like Belgium (21 %), France (21%) , Sweden (18%) and Iceland (17%) also have a large percentage of believing population.

Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines are the most believing countries with entire population claiming to believe in God, soul, hell and heaven. Thailand and Pakistan have 99% believing population, followed by India, Vietnam and Mongolia.

The survey shows that the levels of religiosity diminish as income and education levels increase. While 66% of people with low income affirm to be religious, this percentage drops to 50% among people with higher incomes. The same trend is verified in relation to education levels: 83% of people with lower education level are religious against 49% of higher level.

According to the survey there is a connection between religiosity, beliefs and socio-demographic characteristics like age, income and education level. As education and income levels grow higher, religiosity levels tend to go down. Also, the expression of different beliefs is higher among young people.

The level of education has a considerable influence on the perception of religion by the society. Women and young children show higher percentage for spiritual forces.

China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers. | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: Data Leads

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Stunning Malaysian election result ousts Barisan Nasional

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Stunning Malaysian election result ousts Barisan Nasional | The Thaiger


Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition coalition has crossed the minimum threshold of 112 seats needed to form government in Malaysia. The Election Commission continue to count a few remaining votes this morning but have confirmed the win of the Pakatan Harapan party and coalition members.

The result brings to an end the rule of Barisan Nasional (BN) and it’s leader Najib Razak. Barisan Nasional, a nationalist right-wing government with strong links to it’s ethnic Malay constituency, has dominated Malaysian politics for decades.

In a press conference just before the official confirmation, opposition leader and former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad, now 92 years old, said his party had achieved a victory.

He said he hoped a swearing-in ceremony would be held on Thursday. Mr Mahathir will become the oldest elected leader in the world.

The final official results indicate PH had won 115 seats, with BN on 79 (these numbers will alter slightly as the counting finishes today).

The 92 year old pledged a government that would include a “young person”, referring to criticism during the campaign that he was too old to lead Malaysia again. Mahathir said he would honour his agreement to help secure a royal pardon for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. The two became the odd couple of Asian politics after decades working together, then becoming bitter enemies. Anwar was Mahathir’s deputy PM at one stage but then fell out of favour.

But the two formed a curious coalition to bring down PM Najib Razak who they claimed was corrupt and had stained the country with the 1MDB financial scandal.

Mahathir said Anwar would have to win a by-election or be elected senator in order for him to take over as prime minister from Dr Mahathir, as per their agreement.

An upset was on the cards when unofficial results started trickling in about four hours after the ballot boxes were closed at 5.30 last night.

• 9pm – Bernama reported that caretaker Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, the president of BN component party Malaysian Chinese Association, had lost his Bentong seat.
• Caretaker Health Minister S Subramaniam, of BN coalition party Malaysian Indian Congress, was the next major casualty, losing his Segamat seat in Johor.
• 9.30pm, there was respite for BN when word came in that incumbent PM Najib Razak had successfully defended his Pekan seat in Pahang.

By 9.45pm last night, another four deputy ministers fell. At about the same time, it emerged that Mahathir would make a return to parliament after winning his Langkawi seat.

The result throws into doubt Najib Razak’s position in his party.
While he had been praised for his fiscal policies, he was also unpopular for rolling out a goods and services tax in addition to being a target of unwanted international attention over allegations funds were misappropriated from a state fund he advised, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He has denied consistently any wrongdoing.

Mahathir had accused his former protege Najib of corruption and abuse of power before quitting UMNO to form his own party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

But Mahathir has vowed: “We are not seeking revenge. We want to restore the rule of law.”

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92 year old PM-elect Mahathir Mohamad, with a shirt emblazoned with his name, in case he forgot it whilst campaigning for the historic election.

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