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PHUKET: This week’s Weird World News roundup is dedicated to two near-miracles and one bona fide one that might just make you cringe, as a dead cat takes wing, Beiber fever empowers a young girl to defy medical odds, and a boy wakes up for a glass of water at his own funeral and then is pronounced dead – again, all made headlines this week.

Beiber Fever inspires miracle

Beiber Fever, a plague that has infected the vast majority of Just Bieber fans, is now helping a young Canadian defy medical odds, reported the Huffington Post.

Megan Ham suffers from Lissencephaly, a neurological condition so rare that there are only 1,500 known cases among children worldwide.

Due to her condition, Megan suffers several seizures a day and is unable to walk or talk. She was not expected to even live beyond her second birthday.

There was even a point at which doctors thought Megan would never even recognize her own parents or be able to express emotion.

But now 11 years old, Megan has beaten the odds and has caught a serious case of Beiber Fever. According to the young girl’s parents the only thing in Megan’s environment that she responds to is Justin Beiber.

“She just can’t get enough of him,” said Roxanne Ham, Megan’s mother.

Megan’s teacher Kim Graves was the first to notice the effect Beiber’s music had on the girl. She is now known to smile and kick her feet in response to Justin’s music.

“It really helps her to get through the day,” said Ms Graves. “It keeps her happy and it keeps her comfortable.”

Beiber’s music has brought to the surface something in Megan that the doctors had never thought possible, as it has shown her family that she does have the ability to interact with them, according to Fox 12 News.

Dead’ boy wakes up at own funeral, dies

A Brazilian two-year-old woke up in his coffin just before his funeral, asked for a glass of water, then drank it – and then laid back down, lifeless, reported The Mirror.

After waking up in his coffin, Kelvin Santos apparently sat up, smiled, looked around and then drank a glass of water before laying back down.

“Everybody started to scream. We thought a miracle had taken place and our boy had come back to life,” said the boy’s father, Antonio Santos.

“Then he lay down again and didn’t move again. We couldn’t wake him,” he said.

Unable to wake Kelvin, Mr Santos carried him back to the hospital.

Though mystified, the doctors confirmed that the boy was indeed dead.

Kelvin died from pneumonia and respiratory failure in Aberlardo Santos Hospital at 7pm on Friday following a five-day fever, reported The Mirror.

Mr Santos has registered a complaint with the police, as he his positive his son was a victim of medical malpractice.

“Dead people don’t just wake up and talk. I’m determined to find out the truth,” he said.

Dead gets gift of flight

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s helicopter cat. Dutch artist Bart Jansen recently lost his furry pussy, which led him down the strange path of converting his close friend into a hybrid helicopter cyborg cat, according to The Mirror.

Orville the cat, named after aviator Orville Wright, was killed after a car ran over him.

The cat was then renamed “Orvillecopter” after it was stuffed and reconstructed with a specially designed flying mechanism.

“After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously,” said Mr Jansen.

“He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday. So this hopping will soon change into steady flight,” he added.

Describing his cat as “half cat, half machine”, Mr Jansen insisted the use of the cat’s remains was respectful and honored a life well lived, reported The Mirror.

Mr Jansen seemed happy to announce that Orville will soon be “flying with the birds”.

“Oh, how he loved birds,” the artist added.

The Orvillecopter is now on display at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli

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Nude Panda: naked food delivery man hit with 500 baht fine

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Nude Panda? Rude Panda? Or NoodPanda? A man working as a food delivery driver in the southern province of Songkhla, has been filmed riding his motorbike while naked. 24 year old Botsin Dueanchamroon later handed himself in to police, explaining that he’d taken his clothes off due to “a personal problem”. The nature of the problem is not known, and police let Botsin go with a 500 baht fine.

The incident came to light after a video was posted on social media, showing a naked Botsin hurtling along on his motorbike, which had a food delivery bag on the back. The video has now been deleted. According to a 66 year old motorbike taxi driver, Bai Aumaoom, Botsin parked his bike in front of a local temple, removed his clothes, then got back on the bike and drove off.

He later returned and strolled around before putting his clothes back on. One woman who witnessed the spectacle says she was “sickened by the sight” and would not want to eat any food delivered by the man.

Social media response was mixed with most just inquisitive about his motives to ride “commando” with little (actually no) protection.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Divers believe they have found a 77 year old wrecked US Navy submarine by Phuket

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Divers in the Strait of Malacca have reportedly found what they believe to be a 77 year old US Navy wrecked submarine in what is seemingly the concluding piece in a tale from World War II. The divers are currently awaiting confirmation of the finding from the United States Naval History and Heritage Command for verification after sending photos and other evidence to be reviewed. Over a five month time period, the divers gathered evidence over six separate dives to substantiate their claims that the shipwrecked submarine is that of the USS Grenadier, one of the 52 American submarines lost during the conflict.

The Grenadier, weighing 1,475 tonnes and measuring 307 feet long, was found about 150 km south of Phuket, Thailand in the Strait of Malacca. Singapore-based Jean Luc Rivoire, Frenchman Benoit Laborie, Australian Lance Horowitz, and Belgian Ben Reymenants-all who live in Phuket made the discovery. Reymenants was also one of the divers who helped in the dangerous rescue mission of the 12 Thai young football players who became trapped in a cave with their coach 2 years ago.

The Belgian has made a habit out of searching for sunken vessels over the years and would enlist Rivoire’s help in underwater searches as he had a suitable boat.

History of the submarine’s sinking details the story of the boat’s crew abandoning ship after Japanese bombs nearly killed them undersea. However, the sailors were lucky as all 76 of its personnel reportedly survived the bombing and subsequent sinking, but their luck soon took a dark turn. After Japan took the crew as prisoners, they were allegedly tortured, beaten and nearly starved for more than 2 years with 4 reportedly succumbing to the ordeal.

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In this image taken from video, the top hatch of a conning tower can be seen from a submarine wreck somewhere in the Strait of Malacca on March 4, 2020. Divers have found what they believe is the wreck of a U.S. Navy submarine lost 77 years ago in Southeast Asia, providing a coda to a stirring but little-known tale from World War II. (Jean Luc Rivoire via AP)

The Belgian says he has been researching possible locations of shipwrecks for many years. When they dived to look at one captivating object, they found it was much larger than they had originally expected. Horowitz says once confirming the object’s size, they searched archives to find out which vessel it could be.

“And in the end, we took very precise measurements of the submarine and compared those with the naval records. And they’re exactly, as per the drawings, the exact same size. So we’re pretty confident that it is the USS Grenadier.”

However, the confirmation could take anywhere from 2 months to up to 1 year to complete. But its 77 year old history may make it well worth the wait.

The Grenadier set sail from Pearl Harbor on Feb 4, 1942 embarking on multiple missions while sinking 6 ships and damaging 2. Then, it took to the waters again on March 20, 1943 from Australia, on its 6th patrole to the Malacca Straight and Andaman Sea. One month later, a plane was sighted causing the ship to be ordered to crash dive. But it was too late. Blasts from 2 bombs attacked the sub, leaving important parts of the ship damaged.

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This Dec. 27, 1941, photo released by U.S. Navy shows USS Grenadier (SS-210) off Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Divers have found what they believe is the wreck of the U.S. Navy submarine lost 77 years ago in Southeast Asia, providing a coda to a stirring but little-known tale from World War II. Photo: United States Navy via AP

The next morning, the crew made plans to scuttle the submarine but was captured by an armed merchant ship and hauled off to Penang, a major port town in Malaysia. Fitzgerald says the crew landed in a Catholic school turned Japanese prison where they then began to become the recipients of alleged abuse.

“The rough treatment started the first afternoon, particularly with the (enlisted) men. They were forced to sit or stand in silence in an attention attitude. Any divergence resulted in a gun butt, kick, slug in the face or a bayonet prick. In the questioning room, persuasive measures, such as clubs, about the size of indoor ball bats, pencils between the fingers and pushing of the blade of a pen knife under the finger nails, trying to get us to talk about our submarine and the location of other submarines.”

He says after a few months, the sailors were transferred to camps in Japan where they saw 4 of their compatriots die from a lack of medical attention. Such a tale that has spurned from the Grenadier has Horowitz enthralled in its history and significance.

“This was an important ship during the war and it was very important to all the crew that served on her. When you read the book of the survivors, that was, you know, quite an ordeal they went through and to know where she finally lies and rests, I’m sure it’s very satisfying for them and their families to be able to have some closure.”

 

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Mother, daughter run over by pickup truck in Pathum Thani

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A mother and daughter were run over today by a pickup truck carrying furniture reversing down a busy road in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok. The shocking incident was caught on surveillance footage. The pair had stepped into the road and didn’t notice the truck creeping up on them from behind.

Fortunately, both mother and child survived. Poh Teck Tung Rescue Foundation told the Daily News they were taken to hospital with leg and rib injuries.

Comments, criticisms and shares have been many on Thai social media. Most blame the pickup driver, but others say the mother and daughter shouldn’t have been standing in the road and should have looked to their left. Still, others say they appeared to have been waiting for a bus and shouldn’t have stepped off the sidewalk at all.

Local police say that the driver clearly could not see behind him properly and was negligent.

They suggested he should fit his truck an additional mirror, or better yet not reverse down a busy road but go to a U-turn to get back to where he wanted.

They say they plan on inviting the driver in for a “chat” with the victims when possible.

SOURCE: thaivisa | Daily News

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