Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)

From parents who help kids cheat in exams to an underboob selfie ban, here’s a round-up of the bizarre news stories of the last seven days from around the world.

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
26 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)

Parents climb buildings to help kids cheat in exams

Singaporean parents may be kiasu, but at least they don’t help their kids cheat.

Relatives of students in the Indian state of Bihar were photographed on Thursday (Mar 19) scaling school buildings Spiderman-style to hand children notes through windows to help them cheat in exams. Images of parents perched precariously from windows have gone viral in India.

Apparently cheating is common in rural schools, with similar scenes reported in other towns. Parents said they resort to this because “teachers don’t teach anything and were often absent.”

More than 600 students have reportedly been expelled for cheating and several parents have been arrested.

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
26 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)

Man forced to choose between saving girlfriend or ex when both jump into river

You know the age old dilemma: If your mother and your wife fell into the river, who would you save?

Well, one Chinese man was forced to make a choice on Wednesday (Mar 18), except one woman was his girlfriend, and the other, his ex.

Wu Hsia, who was caught in a love triangle with girlfriend, Rong Tsao, and ex, Jun Tang, arranged a meeting with the women at a park near a river in the Chinese city of Ningbo, in Zhejiang, to clear the air.

However, an argument broke out and Jun jumped into the river calling for Wu to save her. Fearing that he might actually do so, Rong too leapt into the water.

Wu chose to save his girlfriend and rang his brother to ask for help in pulling out the ex.

After Jun was rescued by firefighters, Wu was overheard asking her: “It’s been four months since we broke up, why are you still harassing me?”

She replied: “I just want to.”

Photo: Screengrab from Daily Mail Online

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
26 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)

British Airways flight turns back due to “smelly poo”

This must have been some epic dump. A British Airways flight to Dubai was forced to return to London due to “smelly poo in the toilet” last Thursday (Mar 12).

Around 40 minutes into the seven-hour flight, the captain informed passengers that there was “liquid faecal excrement” in one of the toilets and that the cabin crew were unable to fix it.

For health and safety reasons, the plane would return to London, he said.

Passengers had to endure a 15-hour wait for the next flight but I guess it’s better than having to travel in a foul-smelling plane.

Photo: Ingimage

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
26 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)

Man pays deposit on apartment with 100,000 coins

And we thought Jover Chew was bad. 

A Chinese man reportedly made a down payment on his new Xi'an apartment this week with 100,000 one-yuan coins. Weighing over 600 kilograms, the bundles of coins required more than ten men to unload from the mini-van. 

The buyer of the property, a businessman from Fujian province, works with a local bus company which explains why he has so many coins. He also wrote a guarantee, promising to take responsibility if the amount was incorrect or if coins were fake.

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
26 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)

Boy lifted into the air after getting tangled in kite

A five-year old Vietnamese boy died a tragic death when he plummeted to the ground after being lifted 20 metres into the air by a giant kite.

The freak accident took place on March 15 at a field in Ho Chi Minh City, where a crowd had gathered to watch a kite club test an 18-metre wide kite ahead of an upcoming festival.

According to media reports, the boy was underneath the kite and his legs were tangled in the strings as it was raised. Witnesses tried to free him but it was too late.

Onlookers watched in horror as the boy was dragged in the air. He fell to the ground after the string snapped and died on his way to the hospital. 

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
26 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)

“Underboob selfies” banned in Thailand

Ladies, you’ve been warned. Taking underboob selfies could land you in jail in Thailand.

Posting photos of the lower half of one's boobs has become increasingly popular on social media but the country’s culture ministry said it is “inappropriate” and violates Thailand's 2007 Computer Crimes Act.
Offenders face up to five years in jail, though the ministry did not say how they would identify the culprits, or whether sideboob or male underboob selfies are allowed.

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)
26 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Mar 14-20)

Thai celebrity’s rant about queue-jumping Chinese tourists goes viral

A Thai celebrity was so fed up with the unruly behaviour of Chinese tourists at South Korea’s Jeju International Airport that she decided to film their actions and post it online.

In the two-minute video on Facebook, Duangjai Phichitamphon complained about Chinese tourists not following the queue at the airport's tax refund counter, as well as how they shoved and pulled her hair as they scrambled to get to the front.

The video has since gone viral and re-posted on several sites.

Read more here.

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