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This Buddhist Monk Just Defied Physics by Meditating in a Pot of ‘Boiling Oil’

Magical powers, basic science, or plain trickery?

Ann Moises





A news about a fascinating feat being performed by a Thai monk has raised the curiosity of people on the internet. As we all know, monks practice different types of meditation that display their discipline and strength… some people even call this magic.

The Triptaka also known as the ancient Pali Scriptures contain records of such miracles performed by monks. Do you think this Thai monk’s act will someday be included on such scripture?

Thai monk sitting in a vat of boiling oil


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In the video, a monk from Nong Bua Lamphu, Thailand is seen peacefully praying in a vat filled with boiling oil, as the fire underneath it continuously burns. Several of his followers pass objects such as amulets and fabrics for him to touch, believing that they too will be bestowed with his “magical powers”. Apparently, some of these objects are also sold to other places of worship and to the community.

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The video clip of Thai Monk meditating in pot of boiling oil has already garnered over a million views in YouTube, as both believers and skeptics watch and search for a possible explanation to the act.

A science professor named Jessada Denduangboripant from Chulalongkom University debunked this story and proved how the monk could have managed to sit there calmly despite the danger and heat of the open flame.

According to the professor:

“There is no proof that the oil is really boiling. The only way to prove it is to measure the temperature of the oil he’s sitting in.”

Looking closely at the vat of oil, the surface is as calm as the monk himself. There are no bubbles (which we can typically see once a certain liquid has reached its boiling point) and the two-layered design of the vat seemed to insulate the heat coming from the fire.


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The professor added that there are various methods at which this illusion can be performed. One includes pouring water in a basin before adding oil. This way, the water will absorb the heat and the oil will never boil. Denduangboripant demonstrated this technique in 2012, where he was able to safely submerge his fingers in graduated glass filled with boiling oil.

Another theory, which was described in the original YouTube video, stated that a blend of herbs were applied to the vat’s surface to reduce the heat.

Some people believed that there’s a layer between the two pans that shield the heat. Then an air hose fed through one of the legs to push bubbles into the liquid from a pump off site. If the monk really wants to show the oil is boiling, why not put a loaf of bread in the oil with him, where everyone can see it turn golden brown while he is unscathed.

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This is the Best Bus You Can Ride on Your Way to Work

Welcome on board the newest coffee and smart-gadget friendly bus.




For most of us who have to commute to and from work almost everyday, taking the bus is something that we dread doing, especially during Mondays. You have to sit on your butt during the long ride to the office and you’re stuck trying to get some much-needed sleep or make do with fidgeting with your smartphone. Now if you’re in THIS bus, you may not want to get off the ride.

This café-style bus launched by Leap is drawing raves from commuters in San Francisco. The inside of the bus is spacious, making it more comfortable for passengers. It has power outlets which you can use to plug your gadgets in. There’s free WiFi, so you can easily pass the time surfing the net while drinking your coffee. And yes, the bus serves drinks too.

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So how do you get hold of this bus? Just use your GPS to track it then use the app to book your passes. What’s more, you can check out its customized social media and browse the profiles of other people who take this bus, which will come in handy if you encounter a cutie during your ride.

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Hospital in Australia Takes Care of Baby Bats and Makes Them Look Darn Adorable

The Tolga Bat Hospital, as the name implies, is a hospital that takes care of bats.




Hospitals and clinics taking care of abandoned animals are nothing new but what makes this hospital in Atherton, Australia unique is that they take care of baby bats.

Yes, you read that right - baby bats!

We’re so used to seeing cats, dogs, and other furry animals look cute during hospital care but this is the first time I’ve seen bats swaddled in colorful blankets and looking so adorable. I mean, sure, "adorable" and "bats" do not usually go together but check this out and see what I mean…

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This Baby was Born without a Nose; Doctors to Build Him One

A baby in Alabama was born without a nose, a condition that is so rare it has a chance of happening to one in 10 billion people…

Joy Adalia



A baby in Alabama was born without a nose, a condition that is so rare it has a chance of happening to one in 10 billion people [a weird statistic considering there are only around 7.3 billion people in the entire world!].

Timothy Eli Thompson had to undergo tracheotomy when he was just 5 days old because he was born without a nose. Though he can, of course, breathe through his mouth, the tracheotomy gives him a better chance of survival, for obvious reasons.

As with all parents, 23-year-old Brandi McGlathery was hoping for a “perfectly healthy baby boy” but was shocked to find out her baby did not have a nose. He was born prematurely on March 4 and had to stay for three weeks at the hospital.

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