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PHUKET: This week’s Weird World News Roundup is an epic run-down of all the small “heroes” that recently found their way into the world’s headlines: Volleyball Visionary, Sir Smoke Not and Peter Magic.

Volleyball strike to head saves ‘victim’s’ life
A 60-year-old man in Hawaii was watching his grandson play indoor volleyball when the ball struck him in the head and sent him to hospital, which ended up saving the man’s life.

“Somebody yelled ‘Hey!’ and a nanosecond later I just turned, and boom, I got hit,” Kaipo Pomaikai told Fox News. “It felt like someone hit you really hard with your eye open. That ball came across half court from the net. The kid had a good hit, man.”

Mr Pomaikai was on the way home after the event when he began to lose vision in his left eye. A CAT scan at the hospital found an unruptured aneurysm the size of a five-baht coin on the right side of his brain.

Doctors said that Mr Pomaikai had the aneurysm for years, and probably would have died within the next couple of years if he had not gone to the hospital that day.

Mr Pomaikai is currently looking for the “Volleyball Visionary”.

“I’d like to meet (him) because I’d like to thank him for saving my life,” he told Fox News.

‘Sir Smoke Not’ pulls gun on pregnant woman
In an unusual attempt of “heroics”, a US man allegedly pulled a gun on a pregnant woman smoking on the sidewalk of Bellingham, Washington, presumably in an attempt to save her unborn baby.

Justin Dain Palmer, 24, reportedly stopped his pickup truck on Wednesday to shout at the woman for smoking, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.

“Who the heck smokes when they’re pregnant?” he reportedly called out. The woman replied, “I do.”

Mr Palmer then allegedly pulled a gun on the woman.

Though Mr Palmer, arrested shortly thereafter with two semiautomatic .45-caliber handguns in his pickup’s center console, acknowledged the altercation, he denied pulling a gun on the woman, reported the Huffington Post.

It is unclear if any stress endured during the altercation will have an effect on the baby’s development.

Peter Magic makes toys ‘appear’
US carnival hero Peter Drakos, now known as “Magic Peter” was born with a unique set of skills that with time he has honed to heroic proportions, and which he now uses to put smiles on the faces of children around the world.

Magic Peter has with time become one of the best carnival game players in the world and donates thousands of the toys he wins to kids, reported Good Morning America.

“I am just fortunate that the guy above has given me these talents that no one else has,” he says.

“There’s no dollar value that you can put on a child’s face when you give them a stuffed animal,” he told ABC News.

“People tell me, ‘My daughter slept with this bear for three years. My daughter slept with this doggie for two years.'”

Magic Peter got his modest start by helping his father deliver linens to the Michigan State Fair.

“When we were done working at 12 o’clock, I’d start playing the carnival games,” he recalls.

“I started to play and was able to win quite rapidly at all the throwing games – darts, quarters on plates. I developed a technique as time went on. I was winning maybe 1,000 to 2,000 a year, not even trying, not even taking my abilities to the next level.

“Around 1972 or 1973, I started to win around 5,000 to 6,000 a year, so eventually I gave them away to charities, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, elementary schools. It just goes on and on and on. To churches, any type of community event, I was always donating animals,” he explained.

Like many unusually talented individuals, Spider-Man and Superman leap to mind, Peter Magic has a day job. He is a car salesman in a Detroit suburb.

“Every car we deliver has a stuffed animal in the car,” he says. “People don’t even take it out.”

Due to his extraordinary level of expertise carnival managers have imposed limits on him.

“I can go clean out a whole carnival, but they limit my play. One time there was 140 animals and I think I won them in 30 minutes,” he says. “I used to wipe out an entire booth in 15 minutes but now they won’t let me.”

He now plays about 25 times a year – not for any fame or fortune, but for the kids.

“I wish I could win an animal for every child on this earth that needs one,” he said.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli

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

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PHOTO: Nation Thailand

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.

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

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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PHOTO: Daily News

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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