Unnatural deaths in Singapore happen ... naturally?!?!

Reading the following 3 articles published today by Straits Times--"Skeletal remains found in Tanah Merah forest", "5-year-old boy found dead in flat", and "Body retrieved from sea near Vivocity"--I was struck with a thought that unnantural deaths in Singapore happen...naturally!

I am not amused.

It's depressing really to read all these stories.

And it's even sickening that I still choose to read them. I mean, I can always bury my head in the sand, can't I? And live my life as a happy, ignorant ostrich?!

Allow me to digress a bit, though, with regards to reference to ostrich, it's by the way a myth.

MYTH: OSTRICHES BURY THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND

FACT: Here's another alleged animal habit that has given us a figure of speech. Since Roman times, ostriches have been said to be so dim that they react to danger by sticking their heads in the ground.

They've thus become a metaphor for humans who refuse to accept reality, preferring to ignore the truth, like children sticking their fingers in their ears and crying: 'Na-na, I can't hear you!'

In fact, however, ostriches react to danger in the most sensible, obvious way available to a flightless bird capable of running at 40mph. They skedaddle.

So where does the myth come from?

Well, ostriches swallow sand and pebbles to help grind up food in their stomachs. This means they have to bend down and briefly stick their heads in the earth to collect the pebbles. Bingo! Another false myth is born.

Partially quoted from Daily Mail, "Why ostriches DON'T bury their heads in the sand... and the surprising truths behind other great animal myths".


A SET of skeletal remains has been uncovered by two land survey staff in the forest next to the Tanah Merah MRT station.

The police were alerted to the discovery at about 3.15pm last Saturday. Officers found the remains of an unidentified person at a forested area along New Upper Changi Road, which is next to the MRT station.

The Straits Times understands that some items were found near the remains, including a blue haversack and cash.

According to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao, the skeleton was clad in a tattered black T-shirt.

An old mobile phone and some cash were also found nearby.

Indian foreign workers Pandi, 26, and Kumar, 32, who made the discovery, told the newspaper that it was difficult to tell if the deceased was male or female as the body had fully decomposed, leaving only the bones. A piece of rope was also found hanging on a tree branch about 4m away, according to the report.

From Straits Times, "Skeletal remains found in Tanah Merah forest".


A FIVE-year-old boy, left at home with his seven-year-old brother, was found dead by his aunt in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Cleaner Sapiah Binti Awang, 47, is believed to have just returned from work at 2am on Sunday when she found her nephew Muhamad Irfan lying motionless on a mattress in the living room of her flat. The police are investigating the case as unnatural death.

From Straits Times, "5-year-old boy found dead in flat".


A body was retrieved from the sea near Vivocity at about 4pm on Sunday.

The police received a call at 3.20pm about a body floating off Harbourfront walk. It is believed to belong to a Malay man in his late 30s.

According to netizen Amelia on citizen journalism website Stomp, the police coast guard fished the body out of the sea and brought it to shore.

She added that it 'was all wrapped up'.

The man was pronounced dead at 4.20pm by the police.

The case is classified under unnatural death. Police investigations are ongoing.

From Straits Times, "Body retrieved from sea near Vivocity".

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