Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Did Nude Romp in the Mountains Cause an Earthquake?

Image:  Mount Kinabalu

This undated photo shows Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia's highest peak, in East Malaysia's state of Sabah. AFP via Getty Images

                                                      Good Day World!

If I’ve learned anything in my life, it’s not to judge other’s beliefs. No matter how screwy I think they are.

For example, did you ever see Joe Versus the Volcano?

It’s a 1990 American romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

In an nutshell, a wealthy industrialist named Samuel Graynamore unexpectedly makes Joe (the main character) who thinks he’s dying, a proposition. He wants to mine "bubaru",a mineral essential for the manufacturing of superconductors.

One problem: the natives believe that the fire god of the volcano on their island must be appeased by a voluntary human sacrifice once every century, but none of the Waponis are willing to volunteer this time around.

They need a volunteer. That’s where Joe comes in. In the end he jumps into the volcano – with his girlfriend – but they get blown out to sea where they are quickly rescued. The end.

Here’s a true story that just recently happened.

Malaysian Tribes Blame Quake on Tourists' Nude Photos on Mount Kinabalu

Malaysian tribal leaders blame a group of Western tourists for triggering a deadly earthquake by taking naked photos of themselves on a sacred mountain, a local official told NBC News on Monday.

Tribal and political leaders across the state of Sabah have called for the arrest of the 10 tourists after they allegedly stripped on Mount Kinabalu last month, said Masidi Manjun, the state's tourism, culture and environment minister.

On Friday, one week after the group allegedly took the naked photos and posted them on social media, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck 5 miles south of the 13,500-foot summit on Malaysian Borneo. Sixteen people were killed, and more than 100 climbers were trapped for a time on the mountain.

The Kadazan-Dusun tribe believe that the "disrespectful" actions of the tourists were responsible for triggering the earthquake, Manjun said.

Unlike in Joe Versus the Volcano, this story is no comedy.

The belief among the natives is that the souls of the departed will rest on the mountain before the day of judgment.

Stay tuned to see what happens to these crazy tourists who decided to frolic naked on their sacred mountain. It’s their turn for judgment.

Time for me to walk on down the road…


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