So you thought that petrified tree trunk in your back yard was just in the way of your koi pond huh? Think again. You may be sitting on a goldmine. From the well-respected ”BS Historian” comes this gem:
“A ‘magical log’ in Cambodia is receiving up to 2000 visitors a day, each hoping to gain some good fortune. The log was dug out of a pond on a farm in the Pursat province of the country and measures about 13 metres long, Reuters reports. Word of its ‘magic’ has spread across the country, with visitor numbers increasing dramatically each day. Some people rub talcum powder on the log, and try and read lottery numbers in the residue on their hands. Others hope it will bring miracle medical cures.
‘I have pain in my belly, knee joints and all over my body, so I came here to use the holy water and take pieces of wood to put in my drinking water, to treat these kinds of diseases,’ Bou Sang, a resident of nearby Battambang province told Reuters.
Another Battambang province local, Nem Nay, explained to Reuters why he believed the log was magical:
‘What I think is, why does this log not rot, even though it stayed underground for over a hundred years? It is still in such good state, unlike some metals, which would have rusted if it stayed underground for that long. I have never seen such a well-preserved log before, so when I heard the news, a group of villagers and I came to see it straight away’, he said. There have been no reports of any ‘magical’ results.”
QUESTION: How can there be 2000 people with “numbers increasing every day” and yet no reports of ‘magical’ results?
I suspect free beer may be involved. Something must have started this hysteria. Could there be a fixed Lotto number tie-in?
Obviously basic chemistry or physics has been ruled out in deciding what causes wood to rot, so it’s likely there’s a snake oil salesman loitering nearby. As I write this there is no doubt a small hastily built shrine being erected to facilitate twenty four hour access and provide small chips of this log at a modest price as with the fabled pieces of the “True Cross” peddled for centuries in Europe.
Another report says: “They believe the log has magical powers,” he said, adding that visitors were coming loaded with offerings such as pig heads and boiled whole chickens after some locals who touched the wood won money in the lottery.
While the village chief himself is not convinced of the log’s powers, “We, the authorities, have no right to stop them,” he said. others drank water from the pond and smeared nearby mud onto their bodies in a bid to cure their ailments.”
Sounds like a wild party to me. Apparently Cambodians will use any excuse to smear mud on themselves and drink pond water. In bad times like these anything will do to give people hope, even a rotting log. Wow. A new low must have been reached in faith based rituals. Does the Guinness Book of World Records know about this?
At least they haven’t started dragging pig heads and boiled whole chickens to Sylvia Browne appearances yet. We can only hope for such a display of devotion here in the states.
BS Historian is one of my fave links: http://bshistorian.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/aaaaagh-vampire-log/
Keep up the Good work.