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Odd news from around the world

Buddhist monk filmed naked women: “A Cambodian court charged a Buddhist monk on Tuesday for secretly filming hundreds of women as they bathed naked with holy water at a temple and then sharing the clips. Net Khai, 37, faces up to a year in jail after being charged with “producing and distributing pornographic images” by Phnom Penh Municipal Court, prosecutor Ek Chheng Huot said. He was arrested at his pagoda in the Cambodian capital on Saturday over allegations that he secretly taped the women pouring sacred water over themselves in a pagoda bathroom, said police chief Touch Naruth. He was subsequently stripped of his religious status. “He has filmed hundreds of women since 2008. They came to the monk to be blessed with holy water, but they were secretly filmed,” Touch Naruth said. There are more than 55,000 Buddhist monks across Cambodia, which has 4300 pagodas.”

British brokerage lost £6m after drunk broker bought 7 MILLION barrels of crude oil: “A rogue trader who blew £345million on seven million barrels of oil while drunkenly using his home computer has been fined £72,000. Steve Perkins sat up all night drinking at his redbrick semi, and clicked ‘buy’ on the trade while in an ‘alcohol-induced blackout’. The 34-year-old broker from Essex sent global oil prices rocketing and caused chaos in the markets after a boozy golf weekend. Yesterday he was banned from the City and ordered to pay the £72,000 fine in monthly instalments over three years by the Financial Services Authority watchdog.” The deals ended up costing his company £6million and potentially cost companies worldwide more than £100million. He finally admitted what he had done later, when his trading access was suspended and the company sold off the rest of the oil, raking back all but £6million.

Leopard savaging a crocodile caught on camera: “The astonishing spectacle of a leopard savaging a crocodile has been captured for the first time on camera. A series of incredible pictures taken at a South African game reserve document the first known time that a leopard has taken on and defeated one of the fearsome reptiles. The giant cat raced out of cover provided by scrub and bushes to surprise the crocodile, which was swimming nearby. A terrible and bloody struggle ensued. Eventually, onlookers were amazed to see the leopard drag the crocodile from the water as the reptile fought back. With the crocodile snapping its powerful jaws furiously, the two animals somersaulted and grappled. Despite the crocodile’s huge weight and strength, the leopard had the upper hand catching its prey by the throat. Eventually the big cat was able to sit on top of the reptile and suffocate it.”

Text addiction? “Text-crazy teenagers are battling SMS-related disorders caused by excessive messaging. One message-mad customer sent 4000 texts in only nine days. The spike has caused academics to identify serious physical and mental disorders as a result of teenagers becoming text addicts. Anxiety, insecurity, depression and low self-esteem have all been identified by researchers as symptoms common among teenagers who have become text addicts. Jennie Carroll, a technology researcher from RMIT University in Melbourne, has been conducting a study of the effects of modern communication since 2001 and says that the mobile has become meshed into teenagers’ everyday lives. “Texting is quite tribal – it is just what teenagers do with phones,” she said.”

Bad writing contest winner: “An unseemly sentence that compares a kiss to the union of a thirsty gerbil and a giant water bottle has won the top prize in an annual bad writing contest. San Jose State University said today Molly Ringle of Seattle was the grand prize winner of the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, which the university has sponsored since 1982. In her winning entry, Ms Ringle wrote: “For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss – a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world’s thirstiest gerbil.” The literary competition honours the memory of 19th English century writer Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, who famously opened his 1830 novel Paul Clifford, with the much-quoted, “It was a dark and stormy night”.

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