1 January

It’s the first day of the year according to the calendar used by almost everybody. It is celebrated, it is despised and it is statistically the day that has seen more hangovers than any other.

happy new year

From what I can tell, there’s not a lot that’s interesting about 1 January, probably because nobody has ever been in any fit condition to do anything noteworthy.

Born today: Ampon Tangnoppakul

A name like Ampon T. is always going to stand out in a list of names, if your mind is in the gutter. Luckily, there’s an interesting story behind the funny name. Briefly, here it is:

Mr Tangnoppakul sent four text messages (SMSes) to the Thai prime minister’s secretary that were deemed offensive to the King and Queen of Thailand. When word got out about these messages he was given the nickname “Uncle SMS”.

Very obscure, quite funny.

The Thai royals were so offended that Mr Tang was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2011.

Less funny.

In 2012, while in prison, Mr Tang died of a heart failure brought on by lung cancer.

Sad, actually.

It’s amazing, the things you would never hear about unless you went wandering on Wikipedia. Unfortunately, obviously, this story has a very sad ending. But it’s interesting, and the more people that know about it the better, I think. More at Wikipedia.

For the sake of completeness, and in case you were wondering, here’s the sort of text message (translated) that will get you thrown in prison in Thailand.

  • “Put this on billboards urgently: ‘the evil queen refuses to return the diamond to Saudi.’ Her d1ckhead dynasty will surely collapse.”
  • “The evil queen, the iron c*nt, if you are brave enough, send your damn army to crack down on us. You, master of whores. Family of the bad people.”
  • “His Majesty d1ckhead king, the iron c*nt queen, both of them ordered the killing of people. We will stamp on their faces with our heels.”
  • “Please tell his majesty d1ckhead king, the iron c*nt queen and all of their children, you’ll all die.”

Happy New Year.

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