10 most eyebrow-raising social media moments of 2015

Panda porn, armpit hair movement and other viral stories that left us scratching our heads

10 most eyebrow-raising social media moments of 2015
10 most eyebrow-raising social media moments of 2015
24 Dec 2015

10 most eyebrow-raising social media moments of 2015

Like it or not, social media is where news and events unfold and spread the fastest, be it a crisis, scandal or heart-warming moment. But let’s be honest: it’s the outrageous stories that really get ingrained in our minds. As 2015 draws to a close, we look back at the most baffling and controversial moments that dominated social media in Singapore. 

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When Singapore was enthralled with panda porn
When Singapore was enthralled with panda porn
24 Dec 2015

When Singapore was enthralled with panda porn

Singapore is so obsessed with pandas and babies that when giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia finally started getting it on, it became national news. NSFW pictures of the couple doing the deed were splashed on front pages and all over the Internet. From foreplay to their “bedroom” antics, no detail was left out - it felt like we were watching 50 Shades of Black and White. With such invasion of privacy, it’s no wonder they weren’t successful in making babies.

Speaking of porn…

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When this couple made a sex tape in Uniqlo
When this couple made a sex tape in Uniqlo
24 Dec 2015

When this couple made a sex tape in Uniqlo

A horny Chinese couple found themselves in hot soup after their sex tape, allegedly shot in a fitting room in Uniqlo’s Sanlitun branch in Beijing, blew up on social media. From the one-minute clip, viewers got a good view of the couple’s faces, heard some tacky sex talk (“call me husband") and even a clue on where the quickie took place, thanks to an untimely intercom announcement. Initially thought to be a marketing stunt by the Japanese clothing retailer (the outlet became a tourist attraction), netizens later CSI-ed the stars of the video and from a conversation between the female and her friend, uncovered that the amorous couple had just met while shopping. 

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When BreadTalk’s soya bean milk turned out to be not-so-fresh
When BreadTalk’s soya bean milk turned out to be not-so-fresh
24 Dec 2015

When BreadTalk’s soya bean milk turned out to be not-so-fresh

This hasn’t been BreadTalk’s year. The local bakery chain suffered one PR nightmare after another, with the most damaging being the soya bean milk saga. BreadTalk came under fire after a female employee was photographed pouring pre-packaged soya bean milk into bottles that were labelled “freshly prepared”. Netizens accused it of misleading the public but the company insisted that it was a “management oversight”. To make amends, BreadTalk gave away 50,000 buns as well as a S$50,000 donation to the Community Chest.

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When the world could not agree on #TheDress
When the world could not agree on #TheDress
24 Dec 2015

When the world could not agree on #TheDress

Unless you have been living under a huge rock, chances are you would have seen The Dress. Yes, the black and blue one (or is it white and gold?) that broke the Internet and divided the world, all because we could not agree on its real colours. Even Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong got caught up in the excitement (he’s on Team #WhiteAndGold, in case you’re wondering). Turns out the colour you see depends on the way your brain is programmed to understand light - yeah cheem, we know, so let’s just agree that it is one ugly dress and move on.

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When this Maths question left us stumped
When this Maths question left us stumped
24 Dec 2015

When this Maths question left us stumped

Equally baffling is this Maths Olympiad puzzle for Secondary 3 students that took not just Singapore by storm, but also the world. It all started when Mediacorp TV presenter Kenneth Kong posted the question on Facebook and like any trivia, people took a stab at it and began debating over the answer. There was even a hashtag #cherylsbirthday created on Twitter. So when is Cheryl’s birthday, you ask? It’s July 16, but we’re not going to tell you how to solve it because unlike Albert and Bernard, we think you should get a life and stop wasting your time on Cheryl.

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When the armpit hair movement grossed us out
When the armpit hair movement grossed us out
24 Dec 2015

When the armpit hair movement grossed us out

Armpit hair, which was traditionally covered or considered a faux pas for women, got its time in the spotlight when ladies from China to the US took to social media to post photos of their hairy, and sometimes dyed, underarms, all in the name of freedom of choice and feminism. Problem is, instead of making us raise our arms in support, we cringed and wished we could unsee them. So who is the one forcing their ideologies on us?

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When this roach video made our skin crawl
When this roach video made our skin crawl
24 Dec 2015

When this roach video made our skin crawl

It looked like a scene from TV show Hoarders. Cockroaches swarming the corridor of a Eunos flat and our skin crawling as we watched the pests scurrying around in the viral video. Turns out that an elderly woman’s hoarding ways had turned her home into a haven for roaches, which plagued neighbours for years. Fortunately, the authorities staged an intervention - and major clean up - after a neighbour posted the video online. 

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When Kopitiam employees repeatedly misbehaved
When Kopitiam employees repeatedly misbehaved
24 Dec 2015

When Kopitiam employees repeatedly misbehaved

Another video that sent us gagging also involved cleaning - WAY too much cleaning. In June, a Kopitiam employee was caught on camera washing her shoes in a food court sink, oblivious to customers around her. Netizens responded with disgust, with many questioning the hygiene standards of Kopitiam’s food courts. Though the employee got the sack, the food court operator’s troubles were far from over: a month later, another employee was filmed using a knife to scrape dead skin off her fingers, and a third in August for washing her uniform at a sink after business hours.

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When Amos Yee pushed our buttons
When Amos Yee pushed our buttons
24 Dec 2015

When Amos Yee pushed our buttons

Seventeen-year-old blogger Amos Yee - and his faux American accent - catapulted to overnight infamy in March when a video of him criticising Singapore’s late founding father Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity went viral. Some saluted him, others protected him, but most were just plain infuriated. “Famous Amos” was eventually sentenced to four weeks in jail, but just when we thought some cell time had knocked some sense into him, the kid is once again in trouble with the law for posting religiously offensive remarks and is now “on the run”. Is it us or does he seem to be following the footsteps of Malaysian sex blogger Alvin Tan?

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When Singtel’s new logo cracked us up
When Singtel’s new logo cracked us up
24 Dec 2015

When Singtel’s new logo cracked us up

It was supposed to be a proud moment: local telco Singtel underwent a massive rebranding after 16 years, unveiling a new logo and slogan. However, it was overshadowed by a glaring grammatical error in its tagline “Let’s make everyday better”. The grammar police had a field day with the boo-boo (shouldn’t it be “every day” and not “everyday”?), while others poked fun at the logo, likening it to drops of blood and linking it to the telco’s reputation of bad service over the years. Naturally, Singtel had an explanation for going with the erroneous slogan but no one was buying it.

P.S.: Singtel, we feel you, we really do. 

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