Quirky World... Fired beauty queen defends crown theft

A dethroned 16-year-old beauty queen from Burma said she won’t return her bejewelled $100,000 (€76,000) crown until pageant organisers apologise for calling her a liar and a thief-

Quirky World... Fired beauty queen defends crown theft

May Myat Noe — the country’s first winner of an international beauty contest — lashed back at her accusers at a tightly packed news conference.

She said representatives of the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant lied about her age — saying she was 18 instead of 16 — and tried to pressure her into getting plastic surgery “from head to toe”.

Noe denied having breast implants, as claimed by David Kim, director of media for the South Korean-based pageant. He said the surgery was provided free of charge, part of efforts to boost the teen into super-stardom.

Kim said Noe was stripped of her title last week because she was dishonest and unappreciative, and that she ran off with her tiara after learning of the decision.

Noe said she boarded a plane for Burma before getting word.

She said she did not intend to steal the crown, but also wasn’t going to give it back without a “sorry”, not just to her, but also to Burma.

“I’m not even proud of this crown,” she said after opening a blue box and placing the tiara on the table in front of her.

“I don’t want a crown from an organisation with such a bad reputation.”

The pageant says the Swarovski tiara is worth more than $100,000.

Noe’s mother, who accompanied her on the trip to South Korea, cried when asked about the experience.

The Miss Asia Pacific World pageant, now in its fourth year, is no stranger to controversy, with allegations of fixing in 2011.

WAR WARRIOR

ENGLAND: A heroic First World War horse was awarded the ‘animals’ VC’ in recognition of the gallantry of millions of animals that served during the conflict.

The honorary PDSA Dickin Medal was presented posthumously to Warrior, dubbed “the horse the Germans could not kill”, at a special ceremony.

The award, presented in the centenary year of the First World War, is the first honorary PDSA Dickin Medal ever presented in the veterinary charity’s 97-year history as a recognition of the gallantry showed by all the animals that served on the front line during the conflict.

DOG BLAZE

USA: A US family’s dog turned on a stove, which set fire to a laptop resting on top of the appliance and sent smoke through the roof of the property.

The fire was reported in Lacey Township, New Jersey, while the owners were away. Police said investigators believe the dog accidentally turned on the stove, though they did not specify how that happened.

Smoke was pouring from the roof when firefighters arrived, but the blaze was quickly extinguished. Firefighters rescued the dog, which emerged unscathed.

TINY TOME

ENGLAND: A miniature Sherlock Holmes book written exclusively for Queen Mary’s dolls’ house is to be published for the first time in its original format.

Arthur Conan Doyle penned the story by hand in a tiny tome that measures 3.8cm by just over 2.5cm). It is a little-known tale written in 1922 in black ink over 24 pages, about how Dr Watson tries out his powers of deduction on Holmes — only to get things completely wrong.

How Watson Learned The Trick is one of more than 200 tiny books produced by some of the most famous British authors of the early 20th century for the dolls’ house — on permanent display at Windsor Castle. Other contributors include Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, James Barrie, and Edith Wharton.

AUSTRIA: Cockatoos learning carpentry skills sounds like a sketch worthy of Monty Python.

Yet this is not an example of surreal humour. Scientists have observed the brainy birds teaching each other how to make and use wooden tools to obtain food. It all started with a captive Goffin’s cockatoo named Figaro who surprised researchers by spontaneously fashioning stick tools from aviary beam splinters to rake up nuts.

He then became the role model for other members of his species, an Indonesian parrot not known to employ tools in the wild.

In a series of experiments, the birds watched Figaro perform and copied him by manipulating ready made sticks to obtain food.

Remarkably, rather than simply imitating Figaro — parrot-fashion — they developed their own technique adapted to work best in the test situation.

Two of the cockatoos were even able to carve their own tools out of a wooden block. One hit on the idea himself while the other succeeded after first watching a carpentry demonstration from Figaro.

Alex Kacelnik, a member of the research team from Oxford University, said: “There is a substantial difference between repeating a teacher’s behaviour and emulating his or her achievements while creating one’s own methods.

The research is reported in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

More in this section

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox