Yes, the Philippines is a world capital of absurdity. People stagger into hospitals announcing they have axes up their rears, and they don’t mean the tool for chopping wood (unfortunate pun). Hospital staff videotape an aerosol can being retrieved from a place where the sun doesn’t shine, to laughter and congratulations. A bishop threatens to excommunicate men who feed a piece of the consecrated host to their fighting cocks (unfortunate but accurate) before a fight.
But there is an element of the comic in all these (though we feel for those whose privacy has been violated on top of other violations), and none in the case of the Austrian who imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children by her. That’s just sick. When one of the children emerged from the dungeon into the sunlight, he shrieked because he’d never seen day.