Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

From Nivea’s “body shaming” ad to “Spocked” $5 bills, here’s a round-up of the bizarre news stories of the last seven days from around the world.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
11 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Nivea slammed for “body shaming” deodorant ad

Beauty brand Nivea has been slammed for its “disrespectful” ad which stigmatises women with dark underarms.

In what was supposed to be a humourous ad to promote Nivea’s Extra White & Firm Q10 Deodorant, the video shows YouTube star Maimunah Bagharib, better known as Munah, being shunned for having  dark armpits.

The three-minute clip, which was posted on Nivea Singapore’s Facebook page on February 28, was removed after it was crticised for “promoting shame and insecurity about our bodies”.

“So sad that women have been portrayed as the pariah of society just because of their dark underarms,” netizen Su Hee commented on Facebook.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
11 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Canadians asked to stop “Spocking” $5 bills

Canadians have been paying tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy in a strange way – by drawing his famous Star Trek character, Spock, on the face of former Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier on $5 bills.

Fans have been “Spocking” notes for years, but the trend gathered pace last week after the actor’s death on February 27.

While it was not illegal to add Spock's Vulcan ears, slanted eyebrows and bowl haircut to the notes, the Bank of Canada says it was “inappropriate” as the notes are “a symbol of our country and a source of national pride”.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
31 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Photo: Ingimage

UK cabbie conned out of fare by mannequin

Cabbies, this is why you should always take a close look at who’s getting in your taxi.

A UK taxi driver was reportedly conned out of more than a hundred pounds in fare when he discovered that his “sleeping” passenger was a mannequin.

Three people got onto the cab at Brighton train station at about 2am and asked to be taken to London.

The driver dropped two men off at different locations and was told to wake their “sleeping” friend up upon arrival at his address, adding that the third “man” would settle the fare.  

It was only when the cabbie arrived at the last destination that he realised it was a fully-clothed mannequin. He estimates the fare would have been around 140 pounds.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
31 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Photo: Ingimage

Thai temple to build separate toilet for non-Chinese visitors

Fed up of the mess Chinese tourists leave behind in toilets, the famous Wat Ron Khun, or White Temple, in Chiang Rai, Thailand, will reportedly build separate lavatories for non-Chinese visitors and Thais.

According to a temple official, Chinese tourists had “defecated on the floor, urinated on the walls outside and left sanitary pads on the wall of the bathroom”, making them “unusable” for others.

However, news of the ban caused an uproar and temple has since changed its tune, saying the new toilets are open to everyone.

Previously, the temple had banned Chinese tourists altogether after tour groups left the toilets in a state of disrepair. 

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
11 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Girl gets head stuck between metal poles

It baffles us how this girl got herself into this sticky situation.

A girl was left red-faced after she got her head wedged between two metal poles at a train station in Perth on Tuesday (Mar 3).

Firefighters used tools to loosen the partition and the girl managed to free herself after 20 minutes. She was not injured.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
31 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Photo: EPA

Tourists flock to see Japan’s Cat Island

If you are a fan of cat cafes, then you should definitely add Aoshima island in southern Japan to your list of must-visit places.

Just one of about a dozen “cat islands” in the country, this remote island is overrun with kitties outnumbering humans six-to-one.

Originally introduced to kill mice, the cats stayed on and are now the main residents on island, with just a handful of humans as company. More than 120 felines roam freely and they survive on food from tourists.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
31 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Photo: EPA

Australian radio boss offers condoms at work to deter maternity leave

The head of an Australian radio network has a peculiar way of discouraging staff from having babies and taking maternity leave - it has a big jar of condoms at the office.

Linda Wayman, senior executive at Southern Cross Austereo in Perth, said a third of around 100 staff were on maternity leave or covering for someone who was.

Wayman also introduced the “Angelina Jolie award” which rewards employees who have flourished in roles made available by women on maternity leave.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
11 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Cross-dressing peeping Tom arrested

This peeping Tom probably thought he had a foolproof plan when he decided to dress up as a woman to peep inside a female toilet at ITE College West in Choa Chu Kang on Monday (Mar 2).

However, the 21-year-old man, who was dressed in a black T-shirt, mini skirt and a long-haired wig (he even shaved his legs!), was caught red-handed and even had his shameful ways recorded and circulated online.

In a video on YouTube, the man could be seen pleading on his knees to be let off, claiming that it was his “fetish”. He was later arrested for criminal trespass. 

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