This 8 meter long, 250kilogram snake found by construction workers in Georgetown, Penang Malaysia might be a world record.
This 8 meter long, 250kilogram snake found by construction workers in Georgetown, Penang Malaysia might be a world record. Photo credits – Herme Herisyam/ Malaysia’s Civil Defence Force as used on http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Sometimes a great way to learn about a country is to read its newspapers. Other times the news headlines leave you even more perplexed. What on earth do today’s headlines say about Malaysia?

“Kevin Morais was smothered to death before being stuffed in drum: Pathology expert”
Read More : http://www. .com.my/news/2016/04/138783/kevin-morais-was-smothered-death-being-stuffed-drum-pathology-expert

“M’sian jailed in NZ for pouring bucket of boiling water over colleague’s head”
Read More : http://www. .com.my/news/2016/04/138811/msian-jailed-nz-pouring-bucket-boiling-water-over-colleagues-head

“Obese man transported to hospital by lorry”
Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/04/138789/obese-man-transported-hospital-lorry

“8-metre long python dubbed “longest in the world” found dead in Penang”
Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/04/138730/8-metre-long-python-dubbed-longest-world-found-dead-penang

If one were to derive cultural insight into today’s headlines, one might think that Malaysian’s are obsessed with cruel and unusual assaults on people and extremely gigantic animals. Strangely, both the snake and the obese man in the articles weighed the same amount (250kgs), but I think that it’s safe to consider that an eery coincidence.

If anything, in this world of instantaneous bombardment of information, Malaysian journalism is just guilty as anyone of sensationalising the news to get their readers’ attention. Why do you think we used the giant snake photo? Stats on this blog could use some boosting too you know. (The warning is for my mom who hates snakes and ironically, might be the only person who reads our blog.)

Here’s hoping I don’t encounter any snakes like that or any snakes at all when I go camping in the jungle next week with 20 middle school kids.

Trina

 

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