Nowadays, truth is stranger than fiction. So much so that it is difficult to tell what is true and what is not. Of the six stories that follow, five actually happened and were reported in the news. One is false . Can you tell one is false ?
1. SURGEON DEMANDS KIDNEY BACK FROM EX-WIFE
A New York surgeon who donated a kidney to his ex-wife has gone to court to get it back or at least get compensated for it. Dr. Richard Batista (49) gave the organ his wife Dawnell eight years ago when she fell ill. But ,he claims, she repaid him by having an affair and then filing for divorce.Through his lawyer,Batista said he wanted $ 1.5 million for the kidney as part of the divorce , the proceedings of which have dragged on for three years. Legal experts said that the case was unlikely to succeed . Donating an organ is considered a gift; a body part cannot be bought or sold.
2. HORSESHOE CRABS MAY HOLD SECRET TO DIABETES CURE
Researchers are optimistic that experiments with horseshoe crabs may soon lead to a cure for Type I diabetes. A team of scientists working out of Kenilworth, NJ has found that the blood of horseshoe crabs contains a protein, Haemocyanin, which stimulates the pancreas and results in an increased production of insulin. Insulin is used by our bodies to convert sugar, starch and other foods into the energy needed for daily life; when the body does not produce enough insulin, diabetes results . Field trials have been very promising and the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which is spearheading the research , estimates that an anti-diabetes drug will be on the market in mid 2011.
3. FOR SALE- PRETTY GIRLS SALIVA
China’s equivlent of e-Bay has banned an online trader from selling the saliva of pretty girls. The retailer named Zhou claimed that the saliva was a tonic and asked for the equivalent of $ 3 per bottle. Listings for the bottles included pictures of the 18-year old girls from whom the saliva was supposedly taken.The listings were deleted after dozens of complaints from irate web surfers.
4. CRICKETER CAUGHT WITH PANTS DOWN
A cricketer was caught in his underwear when he should have been walking out to bat. Teammates at the Bournemouth Cricket Club tried and failed to find some extra cover for the 18 year old player identified only as Ed. The teenager ran out to bat clutching his box and a helmet. His state of undress was not allowed and he was sent back to the pavilion after receiving a rare ‘ timed out’ dismissal for taking more than three minutes to get to the wicket. Despite this setback, Bournemouth went on to draw their Southern Premier League match with Havant.
5. NEPAL FORCES POCKET-LINING AIRPORT WORKERS TO CHANGE
Nepal’s anti-corruption authority has come up with a novel solution to forestall rampant bribe taking at the counntry’s only international airport. Ishwori Prasad Paudyal , spokesman for the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) , said that CIAA investigators had observed widespread theft as well as bribe taking by airport workers at Tribhuvan International Airport. He told AFP that it had been decided that airport personnel would be issued trousers without pockets and that the decision would be implemented as soon as possible.
6. UNHOLY SURPRISE: NUN CLOCKED AT 180 KM/HR.
Italian traffic police got an unholy surprise when they pulled over a Ford Fiesta clocked at 180 km/hr.The driver was a 56 year old nun who claimed that she was on a mercy dash tothe Pope’s bedside. She was accompanied by two other Salesian nuns, ages 65 and 78, and told police that they were rushing to Pope Benedict’s side out of concern for his broken wrist. The Vatican had recently gone public with the news that Pope Benedict had fallen in the bathroom and broken his wrist while on his summer holiday.
Unimpressed by the urgency of the mission, the police fined the nun $ 650 and suspended her licence for a month. The nun’s lawyer said that the nun is planning to appeal.
Well, were you able to pick out the false story ? It wasn’t easy , was it ? Nowadays , there are so many strange things happening all over the world that newspapers regularly publish them under headings like ” QUIRKIES” , or ” ODD NEWS” or ” STRANGE BUT TRUE” .Of the six stories appearing above, all were true except No.2, the story about the horseshoe crabs.That one I made up.
A few years ago, a poll of newspaper readers found that almost 40% of them trusted the National Enquirer more than they did the New York Times. Ican’t totally blame them since the true stories in the above look like they came fresh off the pages of the National Enquirer.