Wednesday, 22 August 2007

The return of the purse and other strange tales

Anyone who read ‘The Order of the Phoenix’ dated 27th July, will know that I mislaid my purse during the course of the evening.
And would you Adam and Eve it, 28 days later and it’s in the possession of my friend Caron. She kindly collected it for me yesterday, after I received a telephone call from lady at the cinema.
It had mysteriously been found, all bank cards, store cards and office pass in tact. But not so mysteriously, the crisp bank notes from the hole in the wall were missing. It does, however, still have 38p inside. How nice of whoever took my hard earned bank notes to leave me with 38p.

But stranger things do happen, according to the:

Man with 78 kids plans 22 more

A one-legged, sixty-year-old father of 78 is lining up his next two wives in a bid to reach his target of 100 children by 2015, according to reports from the United Arab Emirates.

Daad Mohammed Murad Abdul Rahman, 60, has already had 15 brides - although he has to divorce them as he goes along to remain within the legal limit of four wives at a time, Emirates Today reported on Monday.

'In 2015 I will be 68 years old and will have 100 children,' the local tabloid quoted Abdul Rahman as saying.

Man surprised by face bug infestation

One doctor thought the bleeding, strange bumps on Aaron Dallas' head might have been a gnat bite. A specialist thought it was shingles, though both doctors held out the possibility that it was something far more disturbing.

Then the bumps started moving.

A doctor found five active bot fly larvae living on Dallas' head, near the top of his skull, a few weeks after a mosquito apparently placed them there.

'I'd put my hand back there and feel them moving. I thought it was blood coursing through my head,' said Dallas, of Carbondale.

'I could hear them. I actually thought I was going crazy.'

Dallas said he likely received the larval infestation while on a trip to Belize this summer. Adult bot flies are hairy and look like bees, without bristles. One type, dermatobia hominis, attacks livestock, deer, and humans.

Mosquitoes, stable flies, and other insects are used by female bot flies to carry their eggs to the host, where in this case it was Dallas.

'It was weird and traumatic,' said Dallas. 'I would get this pain that would drop me to my knees.'

After a specialist told him he may have shingles, Dallas tried different creams and salves. But the pain got worse, so Dallas returned to Dr. Kimball Spence.

'When I saw him again, it was pretty obvious something else was going on,' said Spence, who could see the spots moving on Dallas' head.

'There's an open pit. You see a little activity, not necessarily the larvae, but a fluctuation of the fluid in the pit,' Spence said.

The parasites, which were living in a pit 2- to 3- millimeters wide, were removed Thursday. His wife teases him about it now.

'It's much funnier to everyone else,' Dallas said. 'It makes my stomach turn over. It was cruel.'

Picture of the day:

The orange flower. I am not quite sure of the correct species. Any takers?


Rebecca said...

I'm so glad to hear that your purse was returned! I mean, you already canceled your cards, I am sure, so all the bother, but still. Stinks that your cash was taken though :(

We knew a woman who had a bot fly after visiting Central America. Once she had it removed, she kept it. Has it in a jar for a keepsake. BLECH!!!

As for the Arab man going for his 100th child????? Sheesh! Guess that's ONE way to ramp up for the Jihad! And what exactly is the legal limit for the number of wives in the UAE??


The World According to Me said...

Good afternoon Rebecca

I must admit, I thought I had seen the last of my purse. I'm glad that I will soon be reunited with it, as it was a Christmas pres from my aunt. And I keep getting into trouble for not using my office pass.
But it stinks to high heaven that someone out there took my bank notes.

Yuk. The bot fly in the jar! I can just picture it on her mantelpiece.

Can you imagine having 100 kids?! And he only has one leg.

Anonymous said...

Why do I read your blog when eating my lunch - Nikkers - bleurgh! Just for that I'm spending your 38 p xxx

Anonymous said...

PS Next HP movie we are watching at the IMAX in 3D... Unless you want to go and watch the last one there soon - or is that too sad ?

Rebecca said...

I have one kid, and that is all I can handle. But then, I am mom. Dad, in this case, gets to go out and beget and beget and beget again. I reckon he doesn't even know some of them!

The World According to Me said...


Did the bot fly kill your appetite?! Go treat yourself with my 38p. Not sure exactly what you can get for 38p these days?

HP in 3D?! What a blast!
Would like to see the last one again, but it's a tight month financially for me I'm afraid, for various reasons...

patience of a saint said...

Think I am going to be sick, this is not normal behaviour it is more like something out of X Files. Please no more talk about fly's. No, I cannot imagine having 100 kids neither would I want to. So I take it one legged men are off your agenda?

The World According to Me said...

Patience - How about a one legged bot fly who has bred 100 kiddie bot flies! Coming to a head near you very soon!

Sorry, could not resist that one. :0) xx

patience of a saint said...

Gone right off you.

JYankee said...

really good on getting your purse back!

Flower??? god... dont ask ME!

The World According to Me said...

Thanks Jyankee

It will just have to be 'the orange flower' then!

Like your new pic! Be over to you at lunchtime.