A Cambodian Buddhist monk who stripped naked and raced through suburban streets after a heavy night of drinking rice wine laced with toads has been asked to leave the monkhood.
Sim Soktriya, chief monk of Russei Keo district on the outskirts of the capital, said a woman discovered the naked monk passed out on her doorstep. Soktriya said Dem Yonly, 30, had been drinking toad wine, excusing the forbidden behaviour for Buddhist monks by saying he was drinking it as medicine to treat an unspecified illness. Cambodians widely believe that poison in the toads helps kill illnesses.
Yonly stripped and streaked, then fell asleep near his pagoda, scaring a woman who walked outside to find the naked monk lying in her garden covered in mud, police said. Officers turned him over to the pagoda.
A goat named Louis was crowned King of Ireland in August in one of the country’s oldest festivals.
Each year a wild male mountain goat is caught in the foothills of Carrauntoohill, Ireland’s highest mountain, and paraded through the country town of Killorglin as part of the Puck Fair – an annual festival of music, drinking and dancing. The goat then reigns for three days from a platform 15 metres above the town’s streets.
Jean Kearney, a spokeswoman for the festival, said there were many wildly inventive legends about how it began but no written record of the first event. “It has been suggested that it is linked to pre-Christian celebrations of a fruitful harvest and that the male goat or Puck was a pagan symbol of fertility, like the pagan god Pan.” Another theory suggests the festival began in honour of a goat who warned Killorglin residents of an impending attack by English leader Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century.
This year’s King Puck is named Louis after the French Sun King and has an almost 70-centimetre horn span. He is kept in a special pen during his reign and fed a regular mountain diet of nuts, wild herbs, holly leaves, saplings and tender grasses.
Louis has now been dethroned and returned to the wild.
Just to prove that there was some dodgy people in power in England over the years, the below are actual British Laws, still on the books…
– Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks (enacted by Edward VI).
– It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.
– It is still illegal for cabbies to carry rabid dogs or corpses and by law they must ask all passengers if they have small pox or the plague.
– It is still an offence to beat or shake any carpet rug or mat in any street in the Metropolitan Police District, although you are allowed to shake a doormat before 8am.