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PHUKET: This week’s Weird World News round-up is dedicated to the trinity of time: past, present and future. Postmortem sex-laws in Egypt , a stab victim stemming a wound with a kebab and billionaires funding asteroid mining projects all made headlines this week.

Passed away, Egypt plans “Farewell Intercourse Law”

RUMORS that Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives – for up to six hours after their passing have been circulating in the media, as reported by The Daily Mail.

The controversial new law possibly being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament is said to be covered by “alleged religious interpretations” rules, according to reporting by Egyptian journalist Amro Abdul Samea.

The topic of a husband having sex with his dead wife entered the public conversation in May 2011, when Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death.

To be fair though, Zamzami also said a woman has the right to have sex with her dead husband, reported alarabiya.net.

Now the controversial topic has possibly been added to a variety of other laws focusing on woman’s rights, which include lowering the age of marriage to 14 and ridding of women’s rights for education and employment.

Egypt’s National Council for Women is campaigning against the changes, saying that “marginalizing and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country’s human development”, reported The Daily Mail.

Stabbing victim stays present with doner kebab

A British man who had his throat slashed in a fight, only survived by stemming the gushing wound with a doner kebab, reported The Sun.

The quick-thinking James Hobbs, 37, used the unopened Turkish dish as a compression bandage.

Despite having lost over six pints of blood from the five-inch knife wound, doctors told Mr Hobbs that the £3.40 (170 baht) stuffed pita had given paramedics enough time to get him to the hospital, and saved his life.

At the hospital, Mr Hobbs had emergency surgery to open his windpipe so he could breathe and 27 staples to seal the cut.

The altercation that ended with Mr Hobbs stuffing the kebab into his throat wound, started when he visited Jamie Edney’s home and accused him of having an affair with his girlfriend.

Before opening the door to Mr Hobbs’ banging and kicking Mr Edney armed himself with a knife, The Mirror reported.

After receiving several blows from Mr Hobbs’ fists, Mr Edney struck out with the knife and slashed Hobbs’ throat.

Mr Edney was jailed for five and half years by Bristol Crown Court this week after being convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent to wound.

However, The BBC reported that the judge showed leniency to Mr Edney because he wasn’t the one who started the altercation, handing down the lowest possible sentence he could, given the charge.

Future asteroid mining missions backed by billionaires

The future we were promised in the science-fiction books and movies of our childhood has arrived as Google Incorporated executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt join other billionaires to bankroll an asteroid mining venture, reported Reuters.

The company, Planetary Resources, aims to open deep-space exploration to the private industry, and will initially focus on developing and selling extremely “low-cost” robotic spacecraft for surveying missions.

However, within five to 10 years the company expects to switch from building observation platforms to tapping into the mineral resources of the thousands of asteroids that pass relatively closely to Earth.

Things get even more odd with this seemingly futuristic operation as the company explains that not all mining missions would be returning precious metals and minerals to Earth. In addition to mining for platinum and other precious metals, the company plans to tap asteroids’ water to supply orbiting fuel depots, which could be used by NASA and others for robotic and human space missions.

“If you look back historically at what has caused humanity to make its largest investments in exploration and in transportation, it has been going after resources, whether it’s the Europeans going after the spice routes or the American settlers looking toward the west for gold, oil, timber or land,” said co-founder Peter Diamandis.

“Those precious resources caused people to make huge investments in ships and railroads and pipelines. Looking to space, everything we hold of value on Earth – metals, minerals, energy, real estate, water – is in near-infinite quantities in space. The opportunity exists to create a company whose mission is to be able to go and basically identify and access some of those resources and ultimately figure out how to make them available where they are needed,” he said.

Planetary Resources was founded about three years ago and currently employs about 20 people. It is overseen by former NASA Mars mission manager Chris Lewicki.

The company declined to discuss specifics about how and when asteroid mining would begin. However, Mr Diamandis did mention that a 30-meter long asteroid can hold as much as US$25 billion (about 771bn baht) to US$50bn (about 1.5 trillion baht) worth of platinum at today’s prices.

Company co-founder Eric Anderson told Reuters, “We have a long view. We’re not expecting this company to be an overnight financial home run. This is going to take time.”

— 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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