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The Gecko 02, July , 2004

The Gecko 02, July , 2004

The deal to form a new government has been met with some traditional Cambodian humor.

Question: Where will the new Cabinet meet for the first time?

Answer: The only place there are enough seats - Olympic Stadium!

Question: What will be the first thing you'll see once the new government is sworn

in?

Answer: Undersecretaries of State racing for their new ministries to fight over limited

office space.

** Veteran PPPost reporter Patrick Falby has added another feather to his cap as

an accomplished actor in a soon-to-be released major motion picture. Falby stars

in the locally produced The Buffalo Protecting the Child, an action-packed, blockbuster

Kung Fu film whose plot is too complicated to explain in words.

Falby says he liked the script from the get-go and his lines included: "Everybody!

Get 'em!"; "Stop"; "Are you okay?"; and, "Karate! Get

'em!" The film will be shown at the Bokor Cinema.

Falby waived his normal seven-figure fee to star in a major film and is attempting

instead to cover his living costs by organizing a raffle for his l993 Honda Baja

250cc dirt bike. Tickets are available for $10 from Patrick (012-789-149). The raffle

will be held at his farewell party on July 9.

** The following tale comes courtesy of the BBC.

An Iranian newspaper has reported the controversial story of a woman who claims to

have given birth to a frog. The Iranian daily Etemaad says the creature is believed

to have grown from larva to an adult frog inside her body.

While it is unclear how this could have happened, the paper carries quotes from medical

experts who say there are human characteristics to the animal.

It has been speculated that the woman, who has not been named, unknowingly picked

up the larva while she was swimming in a dirty pool.

The woman, from the southeastern city of Iranshahr, is a mother of two children.

The "so-called frog", as the newspaper puts it, has yet to undergo precise

genetic and anatomic tests. But it quotes clinical biology expert Dr Aminifard as

saying: "The similarities are in appearance, the shape of the fingers and the

size and shape of the tongue."

Medical history recounts stories of people who believed they had frogs

- or even lizards or snakes - living and growing in their bodies. One of the most

famous was the 17th Century case of Catharina Geisslerin, known as "the toad-vomiting

woman" of Germany. When she died in 1662 doctors are said to have performed

an autopsy, but found no evidence animals had ever lived inside her body.

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