October 8-13, 2005
Yesterday one of Watcharee's friends, Ta, stopped by for a late lunch.
And now for something entirely different ...
Because we live in Thailand I frequently monitor the Thai Forum: a chat area about all things Thai. One of the members posted this news from Phuket:
PATONG: -- Pekka Juhani Laakso, 47, from Finland, was yesterday found dead in his room at the Sun, Sea & Sand Hotel on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd, seemingly from an overdose of Viagra.
Pol Lt Padungpong Sukkaew told the Gazette that he had received a call at 3:30 pm from Preecha Nuwongsri, the hotel's manager, telling him that a corpse had been found in one of the hotel's rooms.
The door to the room had had a "Do not disturb" sign posted on it for two days before cleaning staff informed the manager that they suspected something was amiss. Upon investigation, the body was discovered lying on the bed.
The lighting and air conditioning was on and investigating officers found evidence of used Viagra and stomach medicine in a waste bin.
Mr Laakso was estimated to have been dead for about 36 hours when he was found, dressed in a black T-shirt and underwear, his hands still tightly gripping the bedsheets.
A doctor, called from Patong Hospital, said that the death was most likely caused by overdosing on the sexual stimulant, leading to heart failure.
Lt Padungpong said there was no evidence of violence, but police are waiting on results from Patong Hospital to confirm the cause of death. The Finnish Embassy in Bangkok has been informed.
--Phuket Gazette 2005-10-08
One of the forum's readers posted this reaction to the news:
As this nation seems to be sucked into an out-of-control spiraling faith-vortex the rulers at THOCBDC ... in order to better gauge the air flow ... have decided to crack their own Bibles every once in a while. This, in order to bring you, dear reader, a little closer to the real sick wit of the Big Book. We won't do this regularly; perhaps you'll only hear the slap of the page ribbon on very slow news days. Anyway, today we are going to start at the beginning: Genesis.
God makes two lights: "The greater light [the sun] to rule the day, and the lesser light [the moon] to rule the night." But the moon is not a light; it only reflects light from the sun. And why, if God made the moon to "rule the night", does it spend half of its time moving through the daytime sky?
"He made the stars also." God spends a day making light (before making the sun and stars) and separating light from darkness; then, at the end of a hard day's work, and almost as an afterthought, he makes the trillions of stars. (*)
A letter from reader Shane Thorgot from Helsink, Finland brings us back to our core mission:
"Sir, you ramble on and on about how to take corks out of bottles but you never say anything about how the damn things got into the bottles to begin with."
Good point, Mr. Thorgot. Here are some pictures of the little engines that were responsible for squeezing the cork into the neck of the bottle. As you can see, a couple of these things just squished the cork to the right size; the three larger pieces both squeezed and shoved the cork into place.
(*) THOCBDC relies on the Skeptic's Annotated Version of the Bible. A more scholarly read can be found at http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com.
Bangkok's Skytrain is now painted with the iPod colors.
More from the Skeptic's Annotated Bible ... He's still playing with his hammer and saw:
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree. -- Genesis 1:11
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. -- Genesis 1:24
Notice that God lets "the earth bring forth" the plants and animals, rather than create them directly. So maybe the creationists have it all wrong. Maybe Genesis is not so anti-evolution after all.
Sometimes a corkscrew is not just a corkscrew.
PS: Rarely do I direct people out of my sandbox ... but, this site is so ... so ... well, you tell me.
Sure, this is not a URL that you would want to type-in yourself. And there's no chance of it ever having been previously owned by a name poacher.
Sometimes He's a real frat boy.
Yes, THOCBDC does have signature dinner plates. And yes, we are a little bit obsessed.
PS: Reader Malcolm Porklevy from Aden, Yemen writes: "I think you are just running on empty."
PPS: Today reader Andy Page of the UK again reminded us of how much we miss Thai food. I read the food article in this morning's NY Times's Dining Out section; Andy took the time to clip the photos and the columns for us.
Only for corkscrew enthusiasts (*):
(*) Any guesses?
Next: Part III