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It’s A Weird World

OOPS!: A Malaysian woman woke up to a real-life nightmare, discovering that the naked man who had slipped into her bed in the middle of the night was a thief, not her husband, a newspaper said on Tuesday.


The 36-year-old housewife was asleep when the thief, noticing that her husband was fast asleep on the couch, quietly stripped off and lay down beside her, the Star newspaper said, quoting a police report filed in the eastern state of Terengganu.

The dozing woman’s suspicions were raised when she spoke to him and his voice sounded strange, the paper said.

“She then went to another room and found her husband fast asleep on the couch. That’s when she screamed, causing the thief to flee by leaping out the window together with the stolen items,” it added. — Reuters.

BONUS: Thailand is offering its athletes big cash incentives for Olympic gold medals — but will pay out in installments to stop them squandering it.

Gold medalists will earn 10 million baht (US$314 000), silver medal winners will take six million baht, while a bronze is worth four million baht — sizable sums in a country where the minimum wage is just 203 baht (US$6) a day.

However, half of the money will be paid over a 20-year period to prevent Thai Olympians, many of whom are from poor backgrounds, from frittering it away.

“We don’t want them to spend it all at once, they might need this money when they get old,” Thai Olympic committee member Charoen Wattanasin told Reuters.

“We will give it to them every month. Most of them manage their finances but there have been a few bad examples in the past.”

Thai Olympic chiefs decided to stagger the payments after several cases of athletes finding instant fame and blowing their money on gambling and expensive party lifestyles.

In 2004, boxer Manus Boonjumnong famously squandered the US$600 000 his Athens Olympics gold medal earned him on card games, soccer betting and excessive partying. His pregnant wife left him and his coaches sent him overseas in a penniless state to help resurrect his career. Manus, who insists he is now a reformed character, is favourite to win again in Beijing.

Thailand, which has around 70 Beijing-bound athletes so far, has only won Olympic medals in weightlifting, boxing and taekwondo.

Its athletes won three golds, one silver and four bronze medals at the 2004 Games. — Reuters.

FINED: An Australian driver has been fined for putting a seatbelt around a carton of beer instead of a five-year-old passenger, police said Tuesday.

Constable Wayne Burnett told reporters he was “shocked and appalled” to discover the driver’s priorities when he pulled a sedan over on the Ross Highway south of the desert town of Alice Springs.

“I haven’t ever seen something like this before,” he said.

“There were four adults in the car, two in the front seat and two in the back seats and in between those adults there was the carton of beer strapped in with the belt,” he said.

“The child was sitting in the lump in the centre, unrestrained.”

The driver was fined US$750 for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and failing to ensure a child was wearing a seatbelt. — AFP.

DEGREE: A British university is to offer a degree in funerals, covering aspects of the profession from bereavement counselling to law, customer service and disposal of human remains, it said on Monday.

Bath University in southwest England has been given the go-ahead to put on the two-year course, which has been developed in conjunction with the National Association of Funeral Directors. — AFP.

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