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Thai man caught stealing used panties, says they’re for his foreign girlfriend:

Screenshot: T News

Security guards at a hospital in rural Udon Thani province today busted a Thai man stealing women’s panties which were hung out to dry in the sun. The guy claimed that they were a gift for his girlfriend.

Narin Prasertkaew, 38, was charged for theft. In his possession, police found four pairs of nylon panties in different colors, which belonged to the relative of a patient at Udon Thani Hospital, T News reported.

Narin told police that he had been laid off from a job at a gas station two months earlier and had been asking for food at the hospital. Today, however, he spotted the panties, which reminded him of his Laotian girlfriend.

Full Story: https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/thai-man-caught-stealing-used-panties-says-theyre-foreign-girlfriend/

Coconut deaths – The greatest danger on a desert island

For all those who on deciding to go to a desert island ask me questions like: What if a snake gets into my bed?What if a shark bites my leg?…or the best of all….What should I do if I come face to face with a tiger?  And my answer is always:

What you do have to be careful of are the coconuts!

“You’re joking” is what you may be thinking.  NO, I say as tigers don’t live on desert islands – A great relief for all, I’m sure – nor are sharks to be seen in these beautiful waters – least of all those which attack humans – nor do snakes go anyway near people – it’s us who have to go looking for them -.  But, yes, there are coconuts and they make their presence known throughout the day with a resounding thud as they hit the floor. These are the Falling Coconut Deaths – Coconut Falling on Head!!

A green coconut, full grown and with its shell, still on the palm tree, can weigh up to two kilos (41/2 lbs.)  because it’s full of water.  If you take into account that palm trees can grow as high as 30 metres (98 feet) which is about the height of an 8 storey building, the speed with which a coconut falls reaches around 85 km/hr (53 mph). This means that the force of the coconut as it hits the ground is equivalent in weight to a ton.  Or, looking at it a different way, if it did fall, this fruit so highly valued by castaways, would have the same effect as a Austin Mini falling from about a foot and a half above your head. 

There are no reliable records on this subject but it is estimated that every year about 150 people die as a direct cause of this. This number isn’t as high as it could be if it is taken into account that there are millions of people living amongst palm trees but, take note, it’s still ten times higher than the number of people who die each year from shark attacks!

The majority of the people whose deaths were caused by falling coconuts were having a nap under the coconut palm, a ‘siesta’ from which they never awoke.  Of all the different types of accidents from coconut palms, the worst one is if you are caught lying down which is to say that  it’s much better to be standing up when the coconut does a K.O.  If it catches you on the head when you’re lying down it’s mortally dangerous because the head is in direct contact with the floor so the ‘braking distance’ on impact is zero.  The best advice to follow is that if you’re going to get in the way of a falling coconut, make sure you’re standing up!

It may seem a bit of an obsession, but when I’m walking around a desert island I can’t help but look out of the corner of my eye at the tallest palm trees so I can avoid being in ‘target range’.  This means that as I walk along the beach I may look a bit ridiculous or even ‘tipsy’ as I work my way along with zigzag movements.   The main palm tree in the following photo would be, without doubt, the perfect place to zigzag, I would even consider going into the sea to avoid an ‘accident’…

But I wouldn’t ask you to follow my example because the threat isn’t really so real. What is certain, though, is that on uncountable occasions I have seen coconuts fall too close for comfort, and you can hear their peculiar ‘thud’ on the video of the monkey.  Be careful, as there are islands like the one in the following photo where walking along the beach can be ‘risky’ and it could even be advisable to ‘swim’  round the island. The reason, obviously, is that as the statistics say, the chances of being hit by a coconut are ten times greater than being  ‘bit’ by a shark!!

Now you tell me: Have you lived to tell the tale of being hit on the head by a coconut?  Do you zigzag when walking on a desert island, or have you a better way of protecting yourself?  Leave your comments below and we’ll talk about it!

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Photographer Caught Up In ‘Monkey Selfie’ Says It’s Ruined His Life

The photographer who was caught up in the ‘monkey selfie’ legal battle has said that his life has been ruined and he’s been left completely skint after being sued by a monkey.

David Slater, 52, specialises in wildlife photography and was out snapping the endangered crested black macaque to raise awareness of the plight the rare animals face.

While in Sulawesi, Indonesia in 2011, he said he gradually encouraged the monkeys to press the shutter on his camera while looking into it. As a result, he ended up with this amazing photo:

Credit: Caters/David J Slater

Fast forward to 2014, and David was asked by Wikipedia to take down the photo, because it believed the copyright belonged to the monkey. Honestly.

The US Copyright Office then decided that animals can’t own copyright, and that should have been the end of that. Except, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) then sued David in 2015 on behalf of the monkey, Naruto.

Angela Dunning, who represented David, said in court earlier this month: “It is absurd to say a monkey can sue for copyright infringement. Naruto can’t benefit financially from his work. He is a monkey.”

Adding that PETA couldn’t even be sure that Naruto was the correct monkey.

The appeals court seems to be leaning in David favour, with one judge asking why the case shouldn’t be dismissed, adding: “Can you point to a U.S. Supreme Court holding that says “man and monkey are the same?”

Another judge, N. Randy Smith, said: “There’s no loss as to reputation. There’s no even allegation that the copyright could have benefitted somehow Naruto. What financial benefits apply to him? There’s nothing”.

As for David, he told the MailOnline: “Of course it was my copyright! I set the background. I decided where the sun was going to hit the monkey.

“I selected the lens and I processed the images. The creativity was all mine, and it required a lot of perseverance, sweat and anguish.”

David has ended up blowing his life’s saving fighting his case in court, he’s been left so skint he told the Telegraph he might pack in being a photographer and become a dog walker or tennis coach, because he’s had enough.

Despite all he’s been through, David doesn’t regret taking the photo, telling the MailOnline: “Without all the attention, they’d probably be extinct now as a species.

“The locals used to roast them and eat them. Now they love them and call them ‘selfie monkeys’.”

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Woman Found Guilty Of Husband’s Murder After after Parrot ‘Witness’ Repeats ‘Final Words’

A woman has been found guilty for the murder of her husband, after the couple’s pet parrot witnessed the shooting.

Glenna Duram, 49, shot her husband Martin Duram, 46, five times in front of Bud the parrot back in May 2015.

Glenna, from Michigan, suffered a head injury during the incident, which prosecutors said was a failed suicide attempt.

The court heard that, following Martin’s death, the parrot repeatedly mimicked his voice to say ‘don’t shoot!’ This information was provided by his ex-wife, Christina Keller, who took ownership of the parrot after the tragedy.

Glenna will be sentenced next month for the murder and a firearm charge. Credit: Newaygo County Jail

Despite being the only witness to the crime, Bud was not called upon during the trial, but Keller took the stand to say she believed the bird was replaying Martin’s final words.

The jury found Glenna guilty of first-degree murder following a day of deliberations. She will be sentenced next month.

Martin’s parents agreed with Keller, with his dad telling local media: “I personally think [Bud] was there, and he remembers it and he was saying it.”

Lillian Duram, Martin’s mum, added: “That bird picks up everything and anything, and it’s got the filthiest mouth around.”

She told Fox17: “It just isn’t good. Two years is a long time to wait for justice. To sit there and watch her be emotionless… kind of hurt too.

“I feel hurt that both families had to go through this, ’cause we both used to be close and go camping together.”

Glenna’s attorney Mark Miller, says his client is considering appealing the verdict. He told Fox17: “Obviously we respect the decision of the jury, that’s our legal system, we have the greatest legal system in the world.

“It’s not the result that we wanted but we respect the decision of the jury.”

Glenna will be sentenced on 28 August, and could get life in prison.

Sources: Fox 17WoodTV.com;BBC

Featured Image Credit: WoodTV

Chonburi Zoo attraction forces elephants to swim underwater for people

A large news agency recently released a surprising video that seems to endorse a possibly abusive elephant attraction that opened late last year at Thailand’s Khao Kheow Open Zoo. One of the park’s most popular draws, the elephant swimming pool attracts scores of families and children who watch the underwater show from the comfort of an indoor theater.

In the 49-second AFP clip, the elephant is forced to swim to the bottom of the pool six times as he is ridden and prodded by a mahout, who also pulls on his ears. On the other side of the barrier, children hit the glass and try to get the animal’s attention while hordes of parents film the sad event.

The elephant, meanwhile, seems for all the world like it’s simply trying to get back to the surface to breathe.

 

Full Story: https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/chonburi-zoo-attraction-forces-elephants-swim-underwater-people-video/

Wildlife foundation rescues monkey wounded by harpoon gun on outskirts of Bangkok

A long-tailed macaque has made a “miracle” recovery after being shot with a harpoon gun on the outskirts of Bangkok.

BANGKOK: — The quarrel that hit the monkey, which has been nicknamed “Rocket”, penetrated under the animal’s eye through its head and into its back.

The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand tracked down the animal after concerned residents began posting pictures of it in obvious distress on Facebook. Foundation staff then sedated the monkey before capturing it and administering veterinary care.

“It’s actually doing quite well with no infection and no abscesses at the moment,” the foundation’s founder Edwin Wiek told The Nation. “He seems to be recovering quite well and we expect to return him to the wild in four or five days.”

Wiek said such incidents were not uncommon in areas around the industrial estates on Bangkok outskirts, which he attributed to migrant workers hunting animals for food. “These people do not know the laws of Thailand and that these animals are protected,” Wiek said.

The foundation plans to post hoardings in the area in the Khmer and Burmese languages to educate people about animal cruelty and wildlife protections stipulated by Thai law.

This is not the first time the foundation has come to the assistance of wounded animals in the area, although Rocket’s strong recovery made the animal something of the exception and only the second monkey to fully recover from such an injury.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30316565

Monk watching sex movie on full volume filmed on tour bus

Image: Daily News

Thai netizens were wondering what the nation’s monks were going to get up to next after one of their number was filmed watching a porno movie on full volume on a tour bus.

The video ended up on Facebook with onliners shaking their heads at what has become of Thai society.

Daily News online caught up with the poster of the clip, 19 year old Wittawat Wonghajuk who told them that he was taking a bus from Loei to Udon Thani when he heard the sound of the movie, clearly people having sex.

He thought it was a teenager watching it and made his way to say something.

But when he saw who was watching he thought better of it.

It was a monk aged about 30 – who seemed oblivious to his fellow passengers as he gawked at the movie.

Wittawat was worried that the monk might get angry – he had seen the results of monk violence recently – so he decided to film instead.

Now he hopes someone will recognize the monk who got off (the bus) before the poster alighted in Nong Bualamphu.

Source: Daily News

 

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