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Neighbors thought smell of rotting copse was just Thai food!

 

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BANGKOK: -- Neighbors at a block of flats in Samut Prakan thought the foul smell in the building was fermented fish.

 

It was in fact the stench emanating from the body of a 58 year old man who had been dead a month already.

 

Fermented fish - or pla raa - is a common ingredient in Thai foods like Som Tam (papaya salad). It has a strong and distinctive odor.

 

Bang Sao Thong police were called to the flats and found the body of 58 year old Koson Khemcharoen in an advanced state of decomposition.

 

The room on the second floor was locked from the inside and there were no suspicious circumstances. He had been dead at least a month, reported Daily News.

 

Neighbors said that the smell of pla raa was often detected in the building but after it didn't go away for some time they finally became suspicious and tried knocking on the door of their neighbor.

 

Then they realized it wasn't fermented fish but the smell of a decaying human body.

 

They said their neighbor had quit his job some time ago and was renting the room and selling amulets.

 

Source: Daily News

 
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Somestimes it doesn't make a difference if you are standing next to a cesspool or a kitchen :w00t:

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A Pefecly reasonable assumption.Durian can mask a festering Whale.


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Rather sad that the guy was gone for a month and nobody missed him.

 

But not hard to see how someone could get into that situation, even easier for a lot of expats with no local family or close friends...

 

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Note to myself: Cover your nose and go and check if your neighbors are still alive...

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understood

but on a side note - didn't the magic amulets offer protection?

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2 minutes ago, Artisi said:

understood

but on a side note - didn't the magic amulets offer protection?

He must have walked under a clothesline

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1 minute ago, akirasan said:

He must have walked under a clothesline

Lol, I always laugh at this one, Thai guys refusing to walk underneath my clothesline because it will damage the power of their amulets that they rely on rather than seat belts.

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I drew a similar conclusion once. I couldn't understand how Thai food could have been left in my toolbox. It turned out to be a dead rat. Smells just like my mother-in-law's fish sauce only you have to get pretty close to the rat before you can smell it. I told her and my wife, but they didn't laugh. 

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If pla raa  ( or baddak ) has such a distinctive smell why did they think  that the smell was pla raa  and not a rotting body ?

 

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hmmmm....... there's only 2 things that smell like fish.... and one of those is fish...

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At last.....My nasal receptors have been vindicated.

From day one of being in LoS I have been unable to understand why a mush of vegetables and a long dead pickled land crab cannot be described as disgusting.

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