Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Slap the promoter with stringrays"

The Singapore Enrique Inglesias concert sounds like a 1970s Tom Jones concert, by all accounts:

[Sinagporean President Maithripala] Sirisena said he had been shocked to hear that during the gig, local women removed their bras in public, threw their underwear at the pop star, or rushed on stage to hug and kiss him.
Shocking. Bur Sirisena was measured in his response:
"This is most uncivilised behaviour that goes against our culture," he told a public meeting.
"I don't advocate that these uncivilised women who removed their brassieres should be beaten with toxic stingray tails."
You can hear a but coming, can't you?
"...but those who organised such an event should be."
Blimey. And that, it turns out, can be quite a nasty whipping, according to the Behind The Blade blog:
The abrasive, dried skin of the tail feels like very course sandpaper. Its surface closely resembles sharkskin with hundreds of small bumps varying in size. With just a light feel of the tail, one can clearly see how the texture could easily abrade human skin upon even very light contact. Whipping an opponent with the tail would fiercely rip patches of skin off any target. With some speed, the tail would likely tear deeply through flesh as well.
But that's not all:
The neurotoxin remains in the stingray’s tail skin even as it dries. When whipping an opponent, the stingray tail will break the opponents skin and thereby deliver its neurotoxin. Although the neurotoxin is likely more concentrated when delivered from a live stingray, it is quite powerful nonetheless. In addition to intense local pain that can last up to two days, the neurotoxin can cause chills, fever, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, tremors, seizures, paralysis, an elevated heart rate, decreased blood pressure and, rarely, even death. Wounds often take longer to heal as infection is common and can, if untreated, result in gangrene or tetanus.
This might sound an extreme reaction to a gig, but remember that *checks notes* women were trying to hug a pop singer.

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