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Thaksin “survives” April 1
- Published: 2/04/2013 at 11:09 AM
- Online news:
That report of Thaksin’s death in a car accident was just a cruel April Fool’s joke. The former prime minister is really in Chiang Mai preparing to run in the by-election there.
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Alive and well, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is shown after his arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday on his way to Chiang Mai to contest a by-election. (April Fools!!!!! Photo from Facebook page of his son Pantongtae Shinawatra.)
Thaksin “survives” April 1
Yesterday was April 1st, or April Fool’s Day as it is known in many countries around the world. Thus, the news media, including this Bangkok Post learning website, was full of strange stories that were clearly meant as jokes on unsuspecting readers.
One deception that had many believers yesterday morning, however, was a report that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra had died in a road accident in Dubai. To add credibility to the report, photos were posted of a badly damaged luxury car.
One reason that many people didn’t immediately dismiss the story as a joke was that it violated one of the basic principles of an April Fool’s hoax. It wasn’t funny.
Thaksin’s son, Panthongtae, quickly went on Facebook to express his displeasure, describing the rumour as ``too harsh''.
He did, however, capture the spirit of April Fool’s Day by posting a photo of his father, supposedly at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
He joked that Thaksin was already on his way to Chiang Mai where he planned to contest a by-election later this month in place of his younger sister Yaowapa Wongsawat.
Mr Thaksin, himself, went to twitter to confirm he was very much alive. ``There was no such accident,'' he wrote on his Twitter page (@ThaksinLive) yesterday afternoon.
Spreading bad rumours about people was what some Thais did to people they disliked, Thaksin tweeted. ``We'd better not mind them so that we will live a long life."
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.
contest – to compete for something แข่งขัน
by-election – an election held to fill an empty seat in parliament การเลือกตั้งซ่อม
survive – to stay alive after a difficult or dangerous situation มีชีวิตรอด
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
unsuspecting – not realising anything is wrong ไม่สงสัย
deception – the act of tricking someone by telling them something that is not true การหลอกลวง
credibility – the degree to which something can be believed or trusted ความน่าเชื่อถือ,ความน่าไว้วางใจ
luxury – the best and most expensive of something ที่หรูหรา
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
dismiss – to refuse to accept that something might be true or important ไม่สนใจ,แย้งกลับ
violate – to do something that is against a law, principle, rule or agreement ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด
basic – of the simplest kind or at the simplest level พื้นฐาน, อันดับแรก, สำคัญ
principle – a basic belief, theory, or rule that has a major influence on the way in which something is done; a moral rule or standard of good behavior กฎ, ข้อปฏิบัติ, หลักปฏิบัติ
hoax – a plan to deceive someone, such as telling the police there is a bomb somewhere when there is not one, or a trick การหลอกลวง,เล่ห์กระเท่ห์,เล่ห์เหลี่ยม
displeasure – the feeling of being annoyed or unhappy ความไม่พอใจ
rumour – a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true ข่าวลือ
harsh – strict, unkind and often unfair อย่างรุนแรง
spirit – the real or intended meaning or purpose of something; the typical or most important quality or mood of something เจตนา
spread – to (cause to) cover, reach or have an effect on a wider or increasing area or number of people แพร่กระจาย, แพร่กระจายไปทั่ว
mind – to be upset, annoyed or worried by something ใส่ใจ,สนใจ, ระวัง
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