PHUKET: While bitter weather blots Europe, the heat wave continues to stifle here in Phuket. This week’s Weird World News round-up is homage to those suffering the onslaught of the cold-snap in Europe, and ways weather can make people muddle words.
Swede survives two months in a snowed-in car
A SWEDISH man was found alive after being trapped in his snowed-in car for two months in a remote area of the country.
The 45-year-old was found emaciated and very weak last Friday, Reuters reported.
The man, from the warmer climes of the southern parts of the country, was discovered by snowmobilers not far from the northern city of Umea.
Thinking they had found an old car wreck, the snowmobilers were amazed to see movement inside the car.
The trapped man was wrapped up in a sleeping bag and had not eaten food for two months. He survived by eating snow.
The man is recovering at Umea University Hospital. Doctors said humans can normally survive four weeks without food, but because of the man’s decreased body temperature he probably went into a state of “human hibernation”.
“A bit like a bear that hibernates”, one physician said.
It is still unknown why the southern Swede ended up trapped on a remote road in the north of the country.
Homeless told to ‘stay indoors’ in France
A FRENCH health minister made a bungle this week by advising homeless people to “stay indoors” to avoid the ice-cold weather holding much of Europe at mercy.
Junior minister Nora Berra wrote on her blog that toddlers, old people, the sick and homeless should all “avoid going outside”, as they were particularly vulnerable to the cold snap.
Her words caused quite a stir in the French media, and Twitter was alive with the mocking sound of thousands of Tweets within hours of her post.
Reuters reported that hundreds of people, many of them homeless, have died in recent weeks across Europe as temperatures dropped to –20?C. Many French cities are putting on extra night shelters for homeless people.
Berra updated her blog shortly after her bungle, Tweeting: “There are some subjects that lend themselves badly to irony.”
Weatherman’s sorry slip of the tongue
A BBC weatherman on live TV this week let slip the C-word in his report.
Alex Deakin, 37, said calmly that there would be “bucketloads of c###” instead of “sunshine” during his weather round-up.
He was supposed to say “sunshine over central and eastern areas”, the Telegraph reported, but that’s not what came out of his mouth.
Here’s what he said: “By and large it’s simply and lovely winter’s day tomorrow, bucketloads of c###, errr, sunshine across central and eastern areas”.
Click here to see the video
Deakin later Tweeted: “The less said the better about that broadcast.”
Remember to tune in next week for more of the Phuket Gazette‘s Weird World News round-up.
— Fraser Morton
Man stung by scorpion hiding in bag of fruit
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.
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
Pet leopard not a hit with neighbours in Chonburi, Thailand
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
JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala, Phuket
PHOTOS: Newshawk Phuket
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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