Monday, April 30, 2012

Attempt to Abduct Israeli Girl at Disney World

Arutz Sheva [Israel]
29 April 2012

By Gil Ronen

A nine-year-old Israeli girl was nearly abducted from her parents at Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, during the Pesach holiday

Channel 10 news reported that two Israeli parents and their two children were standing in line for one of the rides in the huge theme park when they discovered that their daughter had disappeared.

They immediately ran to the park's security officers, who locked all of the park's exit gates. The parents were taken to a control room, where they were asked to look for the girl on the numerous security cameras.

A few minutes later they located the girl in one of the park's rest rooms. Her head was half shaved, she had a tattered sweatshirt on and had been drugged. She was immediately taken to receive medical treatment. Her abductors vanished without a trace

The girl is now doing well and does not remember the incident. Her parents said that the security men told them that there is currently a rash of attempts to abduct children from the park and its surrounding area.

Arutz Sheva [Israel]
30 April 2012

Channel 10 suspended reporter Sivan Cohen on Monday after reporting on Sunday a well-known hoax claiming a 9-year old Israeli girl was nearly abducted at Disney World in Orlando.

The story was quoted by numerous Internet sources in Israel, including Arutz Sheva. The hoax, well-known in the United States, is not widely known in Israel. [...]

Monday, April 23, 2012

Phuket Rumors a Real Estate Racket

Bangkok Post
23 April 2012

The people who spread the rumours that Phuket will sink into the sea on April 28 are thought to be trying to make property prices on the tourist resort island fall for the sake of investment opportunities, the director of the Environmental Geology Bureau says. [...]

The leaflets warned Phuket residents to leave the tourist resort town before next Saturday because the island would be hit by such a severe natural disaster that it will sink into the sea.

The warning was claimed to be a prophecy of Kuan Yin (the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion) and from Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sisunthon (also known as Chan and Mook), the two legendary heroines who rallied the islanders to drive back an invading Burmese army in 1785.

Bangkok Post
29 April 2012

Piyaporn Wongruang

Rumours that spooked Phuket locals into believing the island was on the verge of armageddon came to an abrupt end yesterday when the latest hysteria about the island ''sinking'' proved to be nonsense. [...]

The Phuket News
29 April 2012

PHUKET: The island witnessed a quiet and embarrassed exodus on Friday evening as its more credulous – or at least cautious – citizens headed across the Thepkrassatri Bridge into Phang Nga just in case Phuket sank under the warm azure waters of the Andaman Sea. [...]

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Breastfed Turtles

Informanté [Namibia]
18 April 2012

Myth of breast-sucking turtle resurfaces

Written by Edson Haufiku

The urban myth surrounding a breast-sucking turtle allegedly forced onto young women by an unknown man has once again resurfaced after a Tsumeb resident and alleged victim, Lina Sames, related her ordeal on the NBC Damara/Nama radio service this week. Sames featured on Monday on the weekly radio programme ‘Crime and Society’, presented by Johannes Mushindi, alleging that she was forced by a middle-aged Indian man to breastfeed a small turtle that grew bigger with every suck. [...]

The folklore surrounding the breast-sucking turtle first surfaced late last year, after a young woman was lured with the promise of a shopping spree into breast-feeding a turtle on the northern outskirts of Windhoek. Although she was rumoured to have been admitted to Windhoek state hospital and later died, this could not be verified.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Woman in Porno Film Was Viewer's Wife

Emirates 24/7 [Dubai]
15 April 2012

Hubby watching porn online finds film starring his wife

By Staff

An Egyptian man who went online to watch a porno film for the first time got the shock of his life when he found that the woman in the film was his own wife.

The man, identified as Ramadan, instantly collapsed in disbelief on the floor at an internet shop before coming round and rushing home to face his unfaithful wife. [...]

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Anatomist and the Drunk

The Farmer's Journal and Agricultural Advertizer (London), vol. X, No. 527, 20 Oct. 1817, p. 333 (middle column).

Last night some wags stripped a drunken man quite naked, put him into a sack, head and ears, and carried him in a coach to a celebrated anatomist in Blenheim Street, where they obtained the usual fee as for a dead subject. The surgeon then commanded his servant to tumble the sack down a flight of stone steps; but its inmate being now roused from his stupor, thrust his head and arms out, to the horror and astonishment of the surgeon and his attendant, and begged for mercy. He could not account for getting into such a situation; and the surgeon, after composing himself, had the mouth of the sack tied below the poor fellow's chin, and a hole for his feet cut through the bottom, and sent him in a coach to the watch-house.

[The same story appeared in The Bury and Norwich Post, 22 Oct 1817. See Richard Sugg, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires, 95.]

Saturday, April 14, 2012

U-Va. Historian Corrects Student Tour Guides

The Washington Post
13 April 2012

U-Va. historian corrects student tour guides

By Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- As the University of Virginia’s chief historian walked along the iconic campus Lawn one day years ago, he overheard a student tour guide explain the history of the Romance Pavilion: It was once home to a 19th-century professor and his beautiful daughter, who fell in love with a student whom her parents deemed unsuitable. She pined away for him and eventually died of a broken heart. Her spirit still haunts the pavilion.

No, no, no, Alexander G. “Sandy” Gilliam Jr. remembers thinking. It’s called the Romance Pavilion because Romance languages were once taught there.

“I took French there,” said Gilliam, 78, who graduated from U-Va. in 1955 with a history degree, returned in 1975 for a job and stuck around. Gilliam asked the head of the student guides to stop by his office -- and to bring a yellow tablet and pencil to take notes.

“They have very vivid imaginations,” said Gilliam, who was once a guide himself. “And you have to admire their inventiveness.” [...]

Monday, April 2, 2012

Child Abduction Rumors (Hong Kong)

AsiaOne [Singapore]
2 April 2012

Panic attack - child abductions rumours in HK

China Daily/Asia News Network

Alarming rumors of child abductions that have swept Hong Kong in recent weeks have turned out to be bogus. But experts say the stories reflect deep-rooted problems and spread so widely they risked plunging the city into a 'moral panic'. Simon Parry reports. [...]