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How a Single Cockroach Cost 30 People Their Jobs

Here's a truly bizarre story of how a single cockroach put 30 people out of work in Turkmenistan:

For the viewers of Turkmenistan's popular nightly news programme, Vatan, it was another routine bulletin. But as the newsreader began the 9pm broadcast, viewers across the central Asian country spotted something unusual crawling across the studio table: a large brown cockroach.

The cockroach managed to complete a whole lap of the desk, apparently undetected, before disappearing. The programme, complete with cockroach, was repeated at 11pm that night. [...]

The country's president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, took news of the insect so badly that he responded by firing no fewer than 30 workers from the main state TV channel, the news website Kronika Turkmenistan reported yesterday.

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Previously on Neatorama: Craziest Dictator Ever: Turkmenbashi


..."The country’s *president*, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov?" This is Turkmenistan, so I believe the appropriate wording is either "ruthless dictator", or "autocratic freak".
Shouldn't we use the right phrase before these guys' regimes are toppled?
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Aww, Karbanguly is just a big fuzzy bear. The trick is to scratch him right behind his left ear... then he'll do whatever you want.
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firing 30 people at a news station would be huge.. that would take the station off the air and almost force a re-format. it would take soo long to get the station back up and running fluidly again.. what a mistake he made.
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