If you think you've had a bad day, cheer up because it could have been worse.
Consider the following hard luck stories:
The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska
was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the saved animals were released back into
the wild amid cheers and applause. A minute later they were both eaten by a killer
A psychology student in New York rented out her spare room to a carpenter in order
to nag him constantly and study his reactions. After weeks of needling, he snapped
and beat her repeatedly with an axe leaving her mentally retarded.
In 1992, Frank Perkins of Los Angeles made an attempt on the world flagpole-sitting
record. Suffering from the flu he came down eight hours short of the 400 day record,
only to find out that his sponsor had gone bust, his girlfirend had left him and
his phone and electricity had been cut off.
A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what
looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending
to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood
by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Till that moment he had been happily
listening to his walkman.
Two animal rights protestors were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a
slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through
a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.
Iraqi terrorist, Khay Rah-najet, didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came
back with "return to sender" stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb,
he opened it and was blown to bits.
** On the local front, one source says that Sok An keeps piranas in his fish
pond. Apparently, they are well-behaved as long as they get fed regularly.
** Former KR General Chhuk Rin seems to have made the transition to peace
and stability in grand fashion. He's jumped full bore into the development process
and has now become a "certified" mushroom grower.
** How does one embassy employee get to Lucky Market quickly just before closing
time on a Sunday evening? Jump in the embassy Landcruiser with two truckloads of
security guys behind, turn on the sirens and flashing lights, and blast your way
through traffic so you can double park in front and dash in for some quick purchases
before they lock up for the night. Perhaps that's why Phnom Penh is a hardship post-too
many cars on the road!
** Crossword junkies be advised that the Ettamogah pub now has the International
Herald Tribune every day and the owners will even make a copy of the puzzle for you
if you want to take it home to solve at your leisure.