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Weird World News: Vote for sex; Mandarin teachers strip and turtles – hold that position

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PHUKET: We all know that sex sells, but this latest Weird World News Round-up is about pushing the limits: a female Mexican presidential candidate encourages women to withhold any “favors” if their husbands don’t vote; a instructional website that exposes pupils to flesh as well as Mandarin Chinese, and a pair of turtles is caught in their favorite position for approximately 47 million years.

Vote for ‘hanky panky’
Mexico’s ruling party candidate is attempting to turn around her diminishing chances in the upcoming presidential elections by using, not sex appeal, just good old-fashioned sex, reported Reuters.

Despite being positioned far behind the frontrunner, and even trailing Playboy model-turned-presidential hopeful Julia Orayen in the polls, Josefina Vazquez Mota of the National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional, PAN) has called on the women of Mexico to withhold “cuchi cuchi” (hanky panky) for a month if their husbands don’t vote.

Having a disgruntled man write to the presidential hopeful after such a message came as no surprise. However, Ms Mota refused to back down.

“Today a man wrote to me and said: Josefina, why the negative? What’s the prize? Why not a month without hanky panky for those who don’t come out to vote, and double rations for those who do?” Ms Mota told a rally in the city of Atlixco.

“If the woman wants to, that depends on each individual. But the thing here is we all take part (in the vote),” she added.

Support for the conservative PAN has been hurt by a mounting death toll in the government’s war on drug cartels, and a failure to create enough jobs for the growing population, reported Reuters.

Dressing down Mandarin
Since its launch in December last year, a website ostensibly set up to teach basic Mandarin-language skill has become an on-line sensation by using scantily-clad teachers to get its students through the lessons, reported The Telegraph.

SexyMandarin.com seems to have taken a note out of the soft-core porn industry playbook; its courses are typically conducted by Asian lingerie models, who take their students through a variety of linguistic topics.

The website recently announced that it ranked number 43 among the most subscribed to channels on YouTube. Whether its online students are actually making to the end of the videos, or are cutting class early to head for the bathroom, remains unknown.

However, an animated schoolmaster, the bespectacled Mr Fung, does help keep the course on topic and adds some gravitas to the lessons.

All would-be-teachers are cast like actors, though the site does ask for applicants to supply a list of any teaching experience in addition to “close up” and “full body” shots.

Coitus non-interruptus
If you thought your sex life was getting dull, just imagine being stuck in the same position for about 47-million years.

In Germany, paleontologists have uncovered pairs of prehistoric turtles fossilized in what is thought to be a sexual position.

The most recent male and female pair was found in the famous Messel Pit near Darmstadt. Overall nine pairs of turtles have been found “mounting up” before their deaths in the area eons ago, reported The Mirror.

Dr Walter Joyce, of the University of Tübingen, told Biology Letters: “People had long speculated they [the turtles] might have died while mating, but that’s quite different from actually showing it.

“We’ve demonstrated quite clearly that each pair is a male and a female, and not, for example, just two males that might have died in combat.

“This fact, combined with the observation that their back ends are always orientated toward one another, and the two pairs with tails in the position of mating, that’s a smoking gun in our view.”

Scientists believe that the animals were suddenly overcome by toxic water as they had sex in the lake that had once covered the area.

After death, the turtles sank to the lake bed, where they were buried by sediment and subsequently fossilized.

The turtles are thought to be the only example in the fossil record of vertebrates preserved in the act of coitus, reported The Mirror.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli

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Man stung by scorpion hiding in bag of fruit

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A Bangkok man has taken to social media to warn fruit lovers to check fruit thoroughly before eating it, after he was stung by a baby scorpion hiding in a bag of langsat fruit.

Pennung Chaiyachit says he put his hand in the bag, which contained about 2 kilos of the fruit, when he felt a sharp pain as if his thumb had been cut.

Mr Pennung washed his thumb and poured some rubbing alcohol on it but, despite there being no visible wound or any bleeding, his pain began to get worse and he decided to drive to hospital.

While waiting to see a doctor, Mr Pennung did an internet search which revealed a breed of tiny scorpion that can live on langsat fruit and has particularly powerful venom.

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The doctor decided to keep Mr Pennung in overnight as a precaution, giving him antibiotics and administering pain relief through IV.

Mr Pennung documented his experience on Facebook as a warning to others, advising them to always check bags of fruit thoroughly and always wash fruit before peeling.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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Pet leopard not a hit with neighbours in Chonburi, Thailand

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A couple in Chonburi, eastern Thailand, have not ingratiated themselves with neighbours after it was revealed they’re keeping a pet leopard in their home.

It’s understood that a Thai woman known as Nittiya, and her foreign husband, nationality unconfirmed, have just recently moved to the area from Chiang Mai, and news of their unusual pet has put neighbours very much on edge.

The couple have just had a visit from the Thailand Wildlife Enforcement Network (Thailand-WEN) after anxious villagers notified officials, saying they believed the leopard had been acquired illegally.

They added that the leopard was living in the couple’s home and being treated as a pet, expressing concern that it could escape and attack people.

Yesterday, officials visited the home, which is surrounded by a 3-metre-high wall. Nittaya explained that the couple have had the leopard – named Typhoon – since it was born 4 years ago, producing the required documentation for inspection.

Officials agreed that the couple have the right to keep the leopard, but will need to apply for a new licence to keep it in its new location.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala, Phuket

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Not often we get to write this headline… “JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala”.

The jetski was being towed by a Saleng (motorcycle and side-car) through the streets of Kamala this afternoon when, for reasons we don’t yet (probably brake failure), the whole shebang went AWOL and ended up running into the front window of some tourist shops.

The jetskis are a common sight going through the backroads of the various west-coast shopping areas at the start and end of each day, on their way to the beach to hire to tourists, usually in a convoy with the jetski staff riding shotgun on top.

This time it was a lone JetSki, being towed by a saleng, that somehow veered off the street and into the roadside Kamala shops.

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