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Branching Out

by on Aug.11, 2016, under Health, Nature

It's not unusual to anthropomorphize what we see in nature. pohon_mirip_manusia We know it's a tree, but we see human-like attributes.  Often it's facial features, which are easy for us to recognize. tree_butt But frequently it's something else. abul_bandar1 Abul Bandar, from Khulna, Bangladesh, suffers from Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, an inherited skin disorder, which makes him appear to be turning into a tree. The lesions are a result of the recessive gene that makes him susceptible to cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas brought about by human papillomavirus (HPV). abul_bandar2 While the root of the problem is known, there is not yet a treatment for it, although the growths can be surgically pruned. The growths don't hurt or itch much, but the sickening odor makes it hard for other people to be around the sufferers. dede_kosawara1 While the condition is rare, it's been seen a number of times before. Pictured above is Dede Koswara, an Indonesian who was known as the original "Tree Man", being prepared for his ninth surgery.  After losing his family and job, he was able to find employment at a circus. A picture of him posted on the Internet caused a media frenzy that made the condition more famous. dede_kosawara2 Dede had 13 pounds of the lesions removed with an electric saw, and then chemotherapy was tried to bring the disease under control. The treatment was curtailed when his liver failed, and the lesions returned. He died of  liver, hepatitus, and gastric disorders at the age of 42 in January 2016. abul_bandar3
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by on Feb.09, 2014, under Animals, Crime, Culture

Cattle rustlers in Penang, Malaysia, had the whole operation planned. cr_hanging To avoid the pitfalls of the traditional methods, they followed a modern trend that's been gaining in popularity. cow_circle1 First they drugged the cows to make them more compliant. They used blowpipes and tranquilizer darts. stoned-cow Then they prepared their vehicle for transport, by folding down the rear seats. By using a Proton Wira, they thought they were less likely to draw the attention of the police. mcows1 One cow was placed in the trunk. mcows2 Three were stuffed into the back. mcows3 It was a more ambitious plan than the thieves were able to carry out. Although the back seat was designed to seat three, it was overcrowded, even with the seats folded and they were unable to fasten their seat belts. mcows4 The crooks got away, but the car broke down about seven miles away, and they abandoned it with the cows still inside. mcows5    
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Eat That Frog

by on Aug.31, 2011, under Animals, Culture, Food, Health, Nature

A Malaysian aborigine, allegedly spotted a gargantuan amphibian at a riverside in the mountainous Gemencheh region of Malaysia. A witness offered to buy the enormous frog, but couldn’t afford the $ 325 price the aborigine demanded. The man snapped a photo with his mobile phone. The frog was reported to weigh 44 pounds. He returned later that day with more money but discovered that the aboriginal had already slaughtered the massive frog and eaten it. According to reports, he’s been sick ever since.    
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by on Feb.21, 2011, under Health, Recreation

Some time ago, we posted a story about a bicyclist getting his ankle pierced by a tree limb. And it was bloody. But not all bicyclists are that messy.

Azizulhasni Awang was in the final bend of a world title race, when four of the six riders crashed in a scene of carnage behind Sir Chris, the winner. The 23-year-old's calf was skewered by a shard of Siberian pine from the track, but he recovered to remount his bike and take third place in the men's Keirin final at the Track World Cup.

He didn't stick around to collect his bronze medal, as he collapsed in pain after he passed the finish line. His coach says he was unaware of the injury when he helped Awang back on his bike after the crash.

"I feel really bad because I didn't even see it," he added. "It wasn't until later I knew he had the splinter."

Awang and the nearly invisible splinter

Awang, from Malaysia, is expected to recover in time for the olympics.
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Ong Fatt, The Lucky Puppy

by on Jun.19, 2010, under Animals

What is disturbing on a human might be a bringer of good fortune in the animal world. A puppy with two extra legs and a second penis is drawing curious stares at a temple in Pandamaran town near Port Klang in Malaysia. The puppy, found by a temple caretaker at the entrance on Thursday morning, is being cared for by the temple committee.  Kwang Sung Temple committee member Tee Kim Huat said the caretaker saw the white puppy with dark brown patches sleeping at the temple entrance at 7am. “He lifted the canine to place it elsewhere and was shocked to see that the puppy had six legs! Not only that, the male puppy also had an extra penis,” said Tee.  “We believe someone dumped it at the temple,” he added.  However, since it was an unusual dog, devotees felt that it was a bearer of good fortune and named the puppy Ong Fatt (Lucky One), said Tee. The temple committee obtained a dog-rearing permit from the Klang Municipal Council on Friday to allow the caretaker to take care of the puppy at the temple.
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