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Weird World News: The missing link: A woman, chimps and Bigfoot

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PHUKET: The “Missing Link” riddles headlines in this week’s Weird World News Roundup as a Bigfoot impersonator gets hit and killed by not one, but two teenage girls driving cars; a woman unable to link the description of a missing person to her own identity joins a search party for herself; and a Chimpanzee’s carry-on tradition ‘missing link or not’ with old-school secret handshakes.

And as a bonus we learn why Chinese investors are so keen to find their nuts rubbed red by the palm of a hand.

Bigfoot hoax impersonator gets run over, twice

A MAN thought to be impersonating the mythical, giant ape-like creature known in North America as Bigfoot was killed after being struck on a Montana highway by two cars, reported Reuters.

Randy Lee Tenley, 44, was decked out in the popular sniper camouflage known as a “ghillie”, which is a disfiguring shaggy mat costume resembling heavy foliage.

Mr Tenley was standing in the middle of the southbound lanes of US Highway 92 last Sunday when he was struck by not one, but two vehicles in quick succession, Montana Highway Patrol spokesman Sergeant Steve Lavin said.

“From what I understand, at least one of his friends said that he was trying to induce a sasquatch [Bigfoot] sighting by using the suit along the highway,” Mr Lavin said.

The first car to topple the impersonator was driven by a 15-year-old girl, who was just old enough to get behind the wheel of a car on Montana, and apparently to attempt to slay mythical beasts.

The second car, striking the man only moments later, was being operated by a 17-year-old girl.

Police are unable to confirm which teenage girls’ vehicle had the fatal impact.

Friends of Mr Tenley told Montana Highway Patrol trooper Jim Schneider that the man had attempted a similar hoax before, but never along the highway, reported Reuters.

Missing woman finds self

AN INTENSE police search ensued after a tourist was declared missing in southern Iceland. Unable to link the police description to herself, the woman joined about 50 others in the search, reported The Reykjavik Grapevine.

The search for an “Asian, about 160cm, in dark clothing and speaks English well” lasted throughout the weekend. Initially, it was reported that woman had stepped off the bus at Eldgja and had never returned, when in fact she had, but in different clothes.

No longer wearing the dark clothing she had started the bus trip in, her fellow passengers didn’t recognize her.

As concerned as the next person, the woman joined in the search efforts. It wasn’t until Monday that she realized that the description of the “missing person” loosely fit a description of herself. The search was called off shortly after she reported to police.

Chimps keep it real with ‘secret handshakes’

CHIMPANZEES pass down a “secret handshake” through the generations, according to a study by the German run Max Planck Institute.

The grooming handclasp, like other chimp traditions, is consistent from generation to generation, but the “handshake” differs from group to group, the researchers say.

During grooming, two chimps clap onto each others arms, raise them in the air and go to work with their free hands.

Previous research suggested this handclasp may be a cultural phenomenon – like how people greet each other – but only some chimpanzee colonies practice this grooming behavior, reported The Telegraph.

It was discovered that some chimps on the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust in Zambia prefer to clasp hands during the grooming process, while others held onto wrists.

“But our study at least reveals that these chimpanzee communities formed and maintained their own local grooming traditions over the last five years.

“Our observations may also indicate that chimpanzees can overcome their innate predispositions, potentially allowing them to manipulate their environment based on social constructs rather than on mere instincts,” said Edwin van Leeuwen, of the Max Planck Institute.

“These observations support the conclusion that these chimpanzees socially learn their local tradition, and that this might be evidence of social culture,” Mark Bodamer, of Gonzaga University.

“Continued monitoring of these groups of chimpanzees will shed light on the question of how these group-traditions are maintained over time and potentially even why the chimpanzees like to raise their arms up in the air during social grooming in the first place,” he added.

Bonus Story: Wealthy Chinese rubbing their nuts for cash

CHINESE investors keen for bigger returns have moved away from the countries floundering stock market and become nutters for something they can rub between their palms – walnuts.

The bigger, older and more symmetrical, the better, says collector Kou Baojun in Beijing, who owns more than 30 pairs of walnuts (yes, they come in pairs), most of which are over a century old and have taken on a reddish shine from years of polishing in the palm, reported Reuters.

“Look how well these have aged. Playing with these kinds of walnuts isn’t for ordinary people,” Kou said.

With a pair of well-polished, symmetrical nuts going for the upward of 971,000 baht, they certainly are not nuts that anyone can pocket.

“Cultural playthings”, as the market has been dubbed, peaked in China in 2010 as Beijing started to put the brakes on property market speculation, reported Reuters.

Walnuts were once the toys of China’s imperial court. It was believed that rotating a person’s nuts in one’s palm stimulated blood circulation – which might be quite true.

The amount of money collectors are putting into the cultural plaything market has turned into big business for some merchants, who are willing to buy entire trees from farmers ahead of the harvest.

“Walnut investments go up every year. A pair of walnuts at 350 yuan (about 1,700 baht) 10 years ago can sell for 3,500 yuan (17,000 baht) or even 20,000 (99,000 baht) or 30,000 yuan (148,000 baht),” said merchant Hu Zhenyuan.

— 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.

Divers believe they have found a 77 year old wrecked US Navy submarine by Phuket | News by The Thaiger

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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