There are countries as wacky as the Philippines. As the friend who sent me this story said, the fourth paragraph is the best:
Phnom Penh - A Cambodian man claims his cow is possessed by a magic healing spirit that emigrated from Thailand, but religious leaders and officials say it's not true.
Kim Chan, 40, of Kampong Trach in Kampot province, said his cow became possessed last week and now its dung and urine cure diseases.
He had been visited by a woman on a bicycle who fell down and wept when she saw the cow, claiming to recognise in its eyes a spirit that had until recently possessed a cow in Thailand. The animal has become known as Preah Kou, or Holy Cow.
Officials were quick to dismiss the bovine as an ordinary animal. "We had a holy cow here a year-and-a-half ago. You don't get two that close together," said deputy governor Khun Somnang.
According to the excellently named ministry of cults and religions there is a mundane explanation:
Min Khin, was also scathing of the claims of a cow with magical powers - a phenomenon featured in local media so often late last year that prime minister Hun Sen himself felt compelled to go public and warn ordinary citizens not to be too gullible in swallowing tales of healing herbivores.
"I don't believe there is a healing cow spirit from Thailand in a Kampot cow. This is a story spread by a group of taxi drivers to make money by taking people somewhere nobody normally wants to go," said Min Khin, secretary of state for the ministry and cults and religions.
It was not clear on Tuesday whether the cow's owner Kim Chan was a taxi driver or had taxi driver friends. But Min Khin had an ominous warning for him and other owners of potentially magic cattle who chose to go public with dubious claims.
"The ministry of cults and religions will be sending representatives to follow up these events and inspect claims of magic livestock," he said.
Great stuff. Thanks Brian!