Friday, December 8, 2006

The Amazing Exploding Moby Dick of Taiwan



Perhaps one of the strangest, and definitely one of the funniest moments, on the island was the day when the exploding whale of Tainan story came hit the news services. I don’t mean just the local news services here! This story was big!

Many world news services covered this story:
msnbc
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/Default.aspx?id=4096586&p1=0
bbc
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3437455.stm

It was a sperm whale found on the coastline, alive at first however it later died. Some researchers decided to bring it in to examine it. In the heat of the southern Taiwan sun, the whale’s decomposing innards built up combustible gas. And then, in one instant, the whale exploded in downtown Tainan, scattering entrails all over the place.



This incident is not the only case of exploding whales, either naturally or artificially. To my surprise, Wikipedia had a lot of info devoted to this very topic.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_whale

Make sure to view the exploding Oregon whale video. Very funny too!
This on its own was quite funny. Imagine trying to dig your scooter out of that slime! And the stench! What made this story even funnier was a report about what drew people to see the whale. I quote the Taipei Times:
"More than 100 Tainan city residents, mostly men, have reportedly gone to see the corpse to 'experience' the size of its penis.”

Well I guess Tainan is entitled to a little bit of excitement if the YanShui fireworks festival
http://www.gio.gov.tw/info/festival_c/glue_e/tainan.htm
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