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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Weird news - Finding a 16 feet python in the house

Ohmigod. That would be the reaction of people if they see a large snake, even on the path. There is a major fear of snakes that people have, even if the snake might be as afraid of them as they are of the snake. From ages ago, there is a fear of a snake suddenly appearing and biting and killing a person, this fear even being captured in the Garden of Eden in the Bible. So, imagine the reaction when you see a large python inside your house. I have handled a 10 feet python and know the strength (it was a baby), so the power of a 16 feet python must be incredible.
A python kills by squeezing its prey within the coils and exerting an incredible pressure till the prey gets suffocated and dies. A 16 feet python could do that to a human as well, so even though the python is not poisonous, it is deadly no less. This Australian lady who saw the python in her house did not do anything stupid, she took photos and video and called the correct authorities to handle it (link to article):
An Australian woman had an uncomfortably close encounter with a 16-feet python that she found stretched out from her living room to her guest bedroom - it looks as frightening as it sounds. Tina Hibberd from Queensland, which is partly covered in rainforest, found that the massive reptile had slithered in uninvited on June 19 at 4.30 am. She called the snake removal services for help and then took a picture of the 30 kg python that had made itself at home.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weird news - Farted, and hence kicked out of the match

There are a number of societal rules, whether these be due to decency or for the rule of law. Farting or breaking wind in public is frowned upon in most societies, especially when this results in bad odor or a loud noise. And yet, as most people would know, farting is like the call of nature. If your stomach is not good or your intestine is full of gas, there has to be a way to remove this gas from the body and it comes out through farting. Stopping this, especially when the gas is trying to come out, is very difficult. The most a person can do is try to move away from other people at this point of time, do the expelling of air and then come back with the hope that other people do not comment on the reason for the person suddenly moving away. And yet, younger children, not bound by these rules, sometimes have fun with this sudden and loud expelling of air.
In a football game, being given a yellow or a red card is typically done for some kind of misbehavior, but this was probably the first time that a player was given a red card and thrown out of the game for farting during a game (link to article):
A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match – with the referee accusing him of “deliberate provocation” and “unsportsmanlike behaviour”. Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, who was playing at left-back in the match between Järna SK’s reserve team and Pershagen SK, was shown a second yellow card late on in what local media called “bizarre circumstances”. “I had a bad stomach, so I simply let go,” the 25-year-old told Länstidningen Södertälje. “Then I received two yellow cards and then red. Yes, I was shocked, it’s the strangest thing I have ever experienced in football. “I asked the referee, ‘What, am I not allowed to break wind a little?’ ‘No,’ he replied … I don’t get it but maybe he thought I farted in my hand and threw the fart at him. But I did not.”

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Weird news - Mom drives car, while overdosing on drug

It seems so weird. First of all, those who have not taken drugs and know the danger of drug addition wonder why people get caught up in drug addiction; and then there is the additional case where you wonder how a parent can put their children, especially minor children, at risk through drug addiction. After all, the concept is that minor children do not have all the abilities to survive in this world, and need the support of adults to some degree to survive and thrive; and that parents are hard-wired to care for their children and ensure that they come to no harm.
So this case where a lady was driving a car when she was basically out of control because of having over-dosed on a synthetic drug. It can be so dangerous; can easily have an accident, or drive across a red traffic light and be hit by another vehicle which was driving carefully. And of course, when police come across somebody who is being so dangerous, they are liable to take strict action (link to article):
Police say a Dallas woman was driving with her two children last week when she overdosed on a drug called Brainfreeze. Angela Williams, 37, remains in the Dallas County Jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child under 15, as well as a hot check charge. Her bail is set at $7,000. About 8:20 p.m. last Thursday, Williams parked on a median at Samuell Boulevard and St. Francis Street, apparently having a seizure in her Chevy Malibu, a witness told police. Her two children, ages 11 and 13, told officers that Williams was driving “crazy” and acting irrationally, laughing at nothing in particular. The witness removed both children from the car for their safety, the police report says.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Weird news - Imagine, huge lizard tries to enter a house

A number of people are scared of lizards. If there is a lizard close by, or even if they are just old by somebody that there is a lizard, they get scared and can even jump in fright. And that seems perfectly natural, since people have from their childhood learned that there is something scary and icky about lizards. People call pest control experts to ensure that their houses are lizard free, look for many different natural solutions to prevent lizards from getting into their houses, and so on. Consider what is happening in this below case.
Almost like a scene from a horror movie, the images and photo show a giant lizard (and when we say giant, we literally mean giant - it would be longer than a man is tall with a large tail). The movie Godzilla comes to mind, although the lizard in the movie was much, much larger. But it would be an interesting experience for the people in the house, when they see this giant lizard on the door, wanting to get inside the house. And then there are people who are brave enough to want to lasso the lizard to capture it, during which the lizard could be seen swishing its giant tail (link to article):
If you don't do well with pictures or videos of giant reptiles, look away now. Then again, how often does one see a Godzilla-sized lizard on one's doorstep? A Thai resident on Wednesday captured on film his encounter with a not-so-welcome guest that knocked at his door and tried to force its way into his home. Attanai Thaiyuanwong found a monster lizard trying to get inside his house on Wednesday and immediately shared pictures on Facebook. The video shows the lizard slapping its fat tail on a glass door as someone tries to lasso it. And we thought belling the cat was difficult...

Friday, June 17, 2016

Weird news - Older boy kills younger one with a stone

In the case of adults attacking each other or one killing the other, the law is pretty clear on what action needs to be taken. The one who took the action leading to murder is prosecuted, where it can be determined whether this was done due to enmity or for some other purpose, whether it was in self-defense or in the heat of the moment, or was done with a lot of planning and then the punishment is done based on all these factors.
However, all of these make a basic premise. It is only when somebody becomes an adult, that is, he or she reaches the age of 18 that their minds are developed enough to know what they are doing. So, only an adult can take responsibility for any crimes that they may do, and hence a child cannot be punished the same way. This is incorporated into the laws of most countries, although some countries do make exceptions where the gravity of the crime and the way it is done enables making the final judgment about whether adult laws can be applied on children.
It remains tricky. What do you do when a child in school becomes violent and attacks somebody the same age as them or younger, and even kills the other person. Just a couple of years is not enough to make a difference in terms of development. So, there is an argument that just because somebody is 17 years old and commits a planned murder, they cannot be spared just because they were 17, and not a year older. If you take the current crime, what can be done ? (link to article)
On Wednesday morning the two boys reached schoo at 8.15am. Even before classes began, the duo got into a fight. "The boys reside in the same area in Karumarapa layam, and travel to school on the same bus," a senior police officer told TOI. "As the fight escalated, the boys began beating each other up. The older boy attacked the deceased with a stone on his forehead," said a police official on the case. In the impact, the 6-year-old collapsed, hitting another stone on the ground. "The fall killed him," said the official. The incident happened near the boys' toilet. Two other students had spotted the Class 6 boy leaving the toilet, police said. The juvenile in conflict with law was produced before the judicial magistrate on Wednesday evening, and was remanded to custody . "He will be sent to a juvenile home," a police official said.
Now, even though the child died in a fall, the fall happened because he was hit by the older boy and hence there is a responsibility for the crime, but under most existing laws, the older boy can be tried as a juvenile rather than be charged with murder.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Weird news - Jailed after reporting rape

Sometimes the clash of civilizations and differences in laws between countries can lead to weird situations and seemingly very wrong treatment. For the western world and all concepts of being civilized, a lady stating that she was raped would lead to a police investigation to find the rapist, to give her medical help and the counseling to enable her to overcome the trauma, and sometimes that trauma can take time to get over. It is not expected that she would be blamed for what happened, and it would not be expected that she would have to suffer a jail term.
And this is where what happens in the Islamic world can literally jar the western and 'civilized' world. Pakistan had many years implemented a stricter interpretation of laws through the Hudood laws, which mandated that a woman had to provide 4 witnesses for a rape allegation, else she could be prosecuted for adultery (link to Wiki).
Yet another instance of a case has come about in Qatar. A Dutch woman had gone to a bar where she was apparently drugged and found herself in a strange place, and realized that she been raped. Upon making the charge, she found that she was herself in the dock, along with the rapist. She was charged with illegal sex, and also for being drunk (so this makes it weird, she was raped and yet charged with an illegal sex act). (link to article):
At a court hearing in Doha Monday, the 22-year old, whom CNN has identified only as Laura, was handed a one-year suspended sentence and placed on probation for three years for the sex-related charge, and fined 3,000 Qatari Riyals ($823) for being drunk outside a licensed location. She'll almost certainly be deported immediately. A Syrian man also appeared alongside her and was found guilty of the same crimes. He was sentenced to 100 lashes for the illicit fornication charge and a further 40 lashes for the illegal consumption of alcohol. As a Muslim he is not allowed to drink at all under Qatari law. No mention was made of the rape accusation during proceedings. Neither defendant was present in court, in what was the third hearing in the case.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Weird news - Taken to hospital with shark attached to arm

Human shark interaction has been taking place at record levels in the recent few years. Even though the numbers of these attacks are low (and investigation reveal that in most cases there is usually some trigger for more sharks to be present - change in feeding stock, or weather changes, or something similar), the fear of being attacked by a shark when in the water is one of the most traumatic thoughts - just the visibility of a shark in beach waters causes all bathers to rush out of the water. Shark attacks are taking place all over the world, with the most reports from the US, South Africa and Australia; and each incident is reported in great detail (with the fatalities due to the shark attack also scaring people from going into the water).
People are terrified of the power of the Great White shark, with the thought of this incredibly large and powerful shark swimming stealthily under a swimmer and then coming up with the mouth open and teeth ready to slash and bite being the stuff of horror movies, and the Jaws franchise did a lot to scare more people from sharks. However, there are a number of species of sharks that have attacked humans in the past; in some cases, experts say that the shark attack is because the shark mistakes the human to be similar to their prey and takes a bite to explore (the power of the bite can be pretty traumatic and can even cause death use to blood loss). In the current case, this lady was bitten by a small shark, a 2 foot long nurse shark which could not be shaken off and she had to be taken to the hospital with the shark still attached to her arm (link to article):
Paramedics in Boca Raton rushed a beachgoer to the hospital with a two-foot-long nurse shark clinging to her arm after efforts to disengage it failed. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that the 23-year-old woman calmly walked up to a lifeguard station Sunday with the shark's jaws locked on her arm. Her boyfriend was helping hold the shark. Boca Raton Ocen Rescue told the newspaper that paramedics were called, but were unable to free her arm, even after the shark had died. So they loaded woman and shark into the ambulance and head for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Park Service says people swim near nurse sharks every day without realizing it and without incident. "Attacks" are rare and typically are the result of the shark being bothered with a hook, spear or hand.

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