Here's a good story. It comes under the category of "Western backpackers
whose mothers shouldn't have let them out of the playpen", escapees which it
seems tiny little Cambodia has a penchant for drawing to its welcoming shores.
A backpacker shows up at a deminer's office and pulls out of his rucksack an A-72,
Chinese-made landmine. The global traveller didn't know this, but the deminers did,
because if it was a B-72 they would have immediately run for cover to the nearest
bunker as the latter go off when tilted more than ten degrees.
The mine was then plunked down on a table and the guy asks if the deminers can defuse
it, and give him a certificate saying it was harmless so he could take it back to
The mine experts take off the casing and - lo and behold! - there is a detonator,
firing cap and some explosives. They then politely explain that "Sorry"
its not in their mandate to disarm mines and just give them out like candy bars.
They also explain that the mine could have gone off in his rucksack if there was
enough pressure, or in the cabin of an airplane should the tension be "wrong"
blowing a hole in the craft and killing all aboard.
The know-all youngster doesn't seem to get the point, starts arguing and then gets
really ticked off when the deminers tell him he can't leave their offices with the
device. He storms out of the office madder than hell.
Moral of the story? Beware of Western children posing as adults. They're out there
and Cambodia is on the list of neat countries where it's really happening, man!
** A Scotsman who does not go by the name "Mac" has made a major scientific
breakthrough after exhaustive research here in Cambodia that will soon bring him
and his discovery widespread international acclaim. He's found a surefire technique
for avoiding hangovers. After in-depth field testing, he's discovered that the major
cause of the dreaded "morning after" feeling is, none other than, sleep.
Said the wizard: "I always felt good when I went to bed. It's when I woke up
that I had these killer headaches." The trick, he says, is to just stay awake
till sunrise and then cruise on through the next day's duties.
** Rupert Murdoch has made heaps of new enemies as of April 1st when, under pressure
from China, he cut off BBC from the Hong Kong-based Star TV satellite emissions.
One local wag woke up on the 1st, turned on his tube, and upon seeing a gaggle of
Indian ranis jiggling and crooning thought: "Oh my God, there's been a coup
Seriously though, what's the price for cutting off the free flow of intelligent information?
Ask Murdoch, he knows!