Thin Sandar, Meet The New You: Than Sein.

Last night, I was convinced this story about government-encouraged Korean bikini babes was the most unintentionally funny story I had read in weeks.

Well, the bikini imbroglio has competition.

This is just head-shakingly weird: “Mystery ‘sex change’ has curious flocking to Myanmar monk-to-be

HLAING THAR YAR, Myanmar (AFP) – Thin Sandar, a chicken seller in Myanmar, had always dreamed of being a man. When she inexplicably grew a penis last month, the 21-year-old treated it as an awe-inspiring omen — as have the thousands of stunned villagers who have traveled to a pagoda to see him.

“On the morning of the full moon day of June 21, I noticed my thing (sex organ) was not the same as before,” Thin Sandar, who now goes by the male name Than Sein, told AFP in an interview at his home.

“And my breasts disappeared,” Than Sein added. “So I called out and showed it all to my mom and dad. It was very strange.”


More select quotations from the story:

“I have never heard of anything like this, so I came to see him,” 21-year-old housewife Thandar Win told AFP.

“If I was not married, then I too would want to become a man!”

This story is even more remarkable, given the nation from which the story comes.

Myanmar (Burma), of course, with its economy in disarray, is one of the least free countries in the world (Freedom House .pdf), governed by a ruthless military junta.

All of which proves that “miracles” such as this can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Will Franklin performs “miracles” at his blog,

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