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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Weird news - 31 February as per the Government

Sometimes a Government or an official may act in such a way that it all seems funny. Especially when it comes to regular action by a Government where it can seem that the Governments are bloated messes, just sucking in the money of regular tax payers and not providing the required quality of services in turn. Consider the following case, which was a regular government action of extending a passport, which botched it up. This was the Pakistani Government consulate in Dubai, which broke the calendar and extended the passport to Feb 31, a date which can never exist (link to article):
An official at the Pakistani consulate in Dubai extended the date of a passport till February 31 without realising that the second month of the year has 28 days (February 29 is leap day). And the Internet just can't get over it. The photo shows that the passport was granted an extension on January 31.

Weird news - Breaking the car window to rescue a mannequin

Sometimes things appear funny in retrospect. After all, if you consider the current case, where the police got a report about a woman frozen inside a car, the natural move would be to get her out of the car and then get the proper medical aid. There is very little to fault the actions of the police in this regard. In normal times, it might be easy for a skilled police personnel to be able to distinguish between a crude mannequin and a person, but when you take into account an emergency situation, a life like mannequin wearing an oxygen mask, it would have been difficult to do so. And so it happened in this case where the car was broken into, and then to everyone's surprise, the mannequin was detected rather than a person who needed emergency medical care (link to article):
The Times Union of Albany reports that a caller told police there was an elderly woman "frozen to death" in a parked car. Officers rushed to the scene and found what appeared to be a woman sitting in a car's front passenger seat wearing an oxygen mask. A sergeant busted a rear window, opened the door and discovered that the woman was a realistic mannequin. The car owner arrived and said he uses the dummy for his job selling medical training aids.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weird news - Cockroach up the nose and into the skull

It is the stuff of horror movies, where an insect or a giant invasion of insects, or an 'alien' in space gets inside the human body (or in movies such as the 'Mummy' where an Egyptian insect gets inside the skin and cause huge damage); but it apparently happens from time to time. So, for example, doctors have had to do delicate extractions of insects and small creatures from inside the nostrils or the ears where these creatures have climbed inside (typically when the subjects have been sleeping). Now, inside, these creatures are still alive, and movie, giving rise to dreadful feelings in the patient; and it is only in hospital that such conditions are medically cured and the invading insect or creature is removed.
Consider the following case where a cockroach climbed in through the nose, and the lady afflicted, could feel the cockroach moving inside her. She went to one hospital, referred to a second and then a third and finally when a scan was done and then an endoscopic examination, could doctors determine the source of her discomfort. There was something inside her head, and it was moving. Finally the doctors managed to fish inside her head and retrieve the insect (link to article):
She was soon referred to a second hospital, where doctors suspected she might be suffering from a nasal growth. At a third hospital, doctors recommended a scan, and told her the discomfort may be coming from "a foreign body that seemed to be mobile," The Times of India reported. Finally, in her fourth doctor visit - at Stanley Medical College Hospital - doctors used an endoscope to find the culprit: a blob with a pair of antennae. "It was a full grown cockroach," M.N. Shankar, the head of the ear, nose and throat department, told the Times of India. "It was alive. And it didn't seem to want to come out."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Weird news - Punishing a father since his son not granting divorce

It seems like a weird case. After all, in cases of a divorce, legal matters are typically between the husband and wife, and parents are mostly not included; unless there is some kind of harassment that is also part of the overall separation and divorce proceedings However this divorce proceeding in Israel is different, since the divorce law over there (which in turn is based on religious laws) ensures that the husband gets a veto over the divorce. Unless the divorce is granted by the husband, it will not happen. Over a period of time, the rabbinical courts have been granted powers to 'persuade' the husband in case he is not willing.
However, in this case, the husband was not present in Israel, instead spending time in the United States, primarily due his rich father who provides his son a stipend and a job. So when the father came to Israel for a visit, he was prevented from leaving and his passport taken away. The father is protesting about the court doing a kind of extortion attempt on him to ensure that his son comes to Israel and grants the divorce, and it would seem that the rabbinical courts have no other leverage (link to article):
According to the court documents, the wife suffered the stroke on a visit to Israel with her husband in 2005. Shortly after, the husband returned to the U.S., where he remains. His wife and their two children stayed in Israel and she became an Israeli citizen. The court says the husband has ignored her request and a court ruling for a divorce as well as another ruling demanding he pay alimony. The father is in his late 60s and according to court documents is a wealthy member of New York's Hasidic community who runs a real estate company. He was in Israel last year on a family visit when he was summoned to the court, told to hand in his and his wife's passports and barred from leaving the country. He was later sentenced to 30 days in prison for contempt of court. The rabbinical court argues that by providing his son with a job and stipend, the father is responsible for his son's intransigence. His lawyers argue he is being used as leverage to pressure his son and are appealing to the Supreme Court.

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