Friday, July 3, 2015

Doraemon is No Rainmaker

The Doraemon toy took the place of a real cat inside the wooden cage
Villagers in drought-affected northern Thailand have used a toy of a popular cartoon cat to perform a rain ritual – in case anyone complained about them using a real animal, it's reported.
Ordinarily, a live cat would be used as part of the ritual to pray for rain, but locals were worried about being accused of animal cruelty, the Thai Rath website reports. Instead, they turned to the Japanese manga character Doraemon – a time-travelling robotic cat – which was duly loaded into a wooden cage and carried around the village in Phrae province.
Farmers in the area grow corn, but a lack of rain means many are struggling to irrigate their crops. Doraemon was chosen because nobody could find a more realistic cat toy, the report says.
The ritual involved the toy being taken to sacred sites around the village, and ended with a ceremony at a nearby monastery, according to the Bangkok Post.
Sadly, the villagers' prayers have gone unanswered, and Thailand's drought persists. Maybe, they should try Felix the Cat? Or even Hello Kitty? Or what about Garfield?

But in truth, things do not always turn out as we wish. That's Life, isn't it?

My Quote-of-the-Day:

To fellow Toastmasters, it helps explain why I keep delivering Competent Communication manual speeches for the umpteenth time.

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