VIDEO: Two men, a runaway bull, and a lamppost. See what happens

This first attempt to capture the bull clearly didn't go according to plan. (Screen grab taken from YouTube)
Updated 22 August 2018

VIDEO: Two men, a runaway bull, and a lamppost. See what happens

  • A stray bull is a rare sight - even in Oman and especially in its capital
  • Undeterred by the danger, two men try to capture a stray bull, each with very different outcomes

DUBAI: If you’re ever out and about and happen to come across a stray bull, would you: a) approach the bull, risking life and limb, or b) take shelter and hope the bull leaves?

Okay – the responsible thing would be to make sure that neither you, other people, or the bull, came to any harm.

But these things have horns and they use them – people get hurt – so what would you do?

Confronted with just this exact same scenario, two men in the Omani capital, Muscat, both separately tried to catch the creature as it wandered along a street in the city’s Ruwi district.

The bull – possibly about to become someone’s sacrifice for Eid - had clearly escaped, a rope still tied around its neck, with a lead dragging along the floor.

What followed was captured by a passerby on their mobile phone, and posted on social media.

The first man can be seen approaching the bull, but rather than stop, or shy away, the creature starts to run at him, with its head down.

Not unreasonably that man makes a quick dash behind some cars, with the bull in hot pursuit.

It’s not clear at this stage whether the bull makes contact with this man, but he seems okay and the bull quickly walks away, back into the middle of the busy road, apparently oblivious to the vehicles around him.

At this stage a second have-a-go hero appears from the driver’s side door of a delivery truck and starts to approach the bull.

But the bovine beast is having none of this and charges towards him.

Undeterred, the man then makes a second attempt, this goes on for a short while, before he finally manages to grab ahold of the rope and then ties the bull to a nearby lamppost.

Arab News is unaware of what happened to the bull, but according to the Times of Oman, the courageous man has been hailed a hero.

We do make one request, if you happen to see a stray bull walking along a city center street and you start making a video, please remember to hold your phone sideways, to get the whole picture.

We've built it up, now see what happened:



Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

Updated 08 August 2020

Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

  • The snafu has prompted former president Felipe Calderón to write in his Twitter account: “Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!”
  • Local media reports say the errors may have been introduced by a web services supplier angry about not being paid

MEXICO CITY: It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations.
Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.”
Worse for the site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of the names of some fairly well-known tourist towns. The Caribbean resort of Tulum somehow became “Jumpsuit.” The nearby lagoon of Bacalar, on the Caribbean coast, was switched to the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.
The snafu came one day after the US State Department cited the high number of COVID-19 cases in Mexico for issuing a “do not travel” advisory for the country, its highest level of warning. Hours earlier, the resort of Acapulco was forced to pull “anything goes” tourism ads that showed people partying without masks and the words “there are no rules.”
But the problems at drew howls of hilarity — and anger. The Pacific coast resort of Puerto Escondido became “Hidden Port,” a literal translation, and the northern city of Torreon became “Turret,” which is kind of close.
Some name changes were just inexplicable and appeared to have as much to do with invention as simple translation. The central Mexican town of Aculco somehow became “I Blame,” and the northern Gulf coast city of Ciudad Madero became “Log.”
“Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!” former President Felipe Calderón wrote in his Twitter account.
Mexico’s Tourism Department issued a statement apologizing for the apparently out-sourced errors, but then made it sound like something sinister had been involved.
“The Tourism Department expresses its most sincere apologies to the public and users for the effects that have occurred on the website VisitMexico,” the statement said. “Moreover, we make it known that these acts aim to damage the image of the website and the department, and so therefore a criminal complaint has been filed and appropriate legal actions will be taken against those responsible.”
The department did not explain that claim, but local media reported the dispute might involve a web services supplier angry about not being paid.
On Thursday, officials took down a pair of Acapulco video ads touting the faded resort’s reputation as a nightclubbing spot — despite the fact nightclubs are currently closed to enforce social distancing. They said the ads weren’t appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have stopped being a postcard from the past, today we have changed the rules,” says a narration in one of the videos. “In fact, there are no rules,” says another voice, as people can be seen eating bizarre meals and going out to night clubs. “Eat whatever you want, have fun day and night and into the early morning hours ... find new friends and new loves.”