Weird news of the week (Apr 25-30)

From an attack on Amos Yee to a terrifying "rollercoaster" bridge, here’s a round-up of the bizarre stories of the last six days.

Amos Yee attacked on the way to court
Amos Yee attacked on the way to court
30 Apr 2015

Amos Yee attacked on the way to court

Singapore blogger Amos Yee was struck in the face by a stranger as he arrived at the State Courts for a pre-trial conference on Thursday (Apr 30).

As the 16-year-old walked to the court house, a middle-aged man in a red tee went up to him and hit him while shouting: “Sue me, come and sue me!” The man then fled.

Yee, who is being charged with multiple offences on Mar 31, after posting a video which contained disparaging remarks against Christians, rubbed his face as he walked away.

UPDATE: A 49-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the case and police investigations are ongoing.

Photo: Channel NewsAsia

Japan’s “rollercoaster” bridge is not for the faint hearted
Japan’s “rollercoaster” bridge is not for the faint hearted
30 Apr 2015

Japan’s “rollercoaster” bridge is not for the faint hearted

This “rollercoaster” bridge in Japan would give even the most confident drivers jitters.

Stretching over 1.7km, the Eshima Ohashi bridge, which connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato, twists and turns and has a steep slope at one end reaching 6.1 gradient so ships can pass underneath.

I don’t want to imagine what will happen if a vehicle suddenly stalls here.

Photo: TPG

Man undergoes surgery to reduce size of giant foot
Man undergoes surgery to reduce size of giant foot
30 Apr 2015

Man undergoes surgery to reduce size of giant foot

A 21-year-old man in Chongqing, China, has undergone surgery to reduce the size of his giant foot.

Born with a condition known as Elephantitis which results in the enlargement of an area of the body, Liu Huichang revealed that he was often mocked by his peers and also had difficulty moving around. He even required specially tailored 40cm shoes to fit his swollen foot.

Doctors have reportedly removed about 10 centimetres of flesh from his right foot, but Liu still has two surgeries to go. Speaking of huge…

“Grossly overweight” cat abandoned in home
“Grossly overweight” cat abandoned in home
30 Apr 2015

“Grossly overweight” cat abandoned in home

A “grossly overweight” cat was found abandoned in a foreclosed home in New Jersey last week.

Weighing around 15kg, the black and white kitty named Sprinkles was so obese that she could barely move when shelter officers found her.

According to officers, the feline will be put on a diet until she reaches her ideal weight of around 4.5kg, and will also reportedly need a “tummy tuck” so her excess skin doesn’t drag on the floor.

Sushi restaurant turns down booking by Chinese customer
Sushi restaurant turns down booking by Chinese customer
30 Apr 2015

Sushi restaurant turns down booking by Chinese customer

A Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo has come under fire for rejecting a reservation from a Chinese customer. And this was’t just any customer, but a Chinese journalist.

However, the restaurant defended its actions saying they were not discriminatory but merely following an “across-the-board policy” of not accepting bookings by non-Japanese customers - unless they were made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company.

"(Non-Japanese) customers may not show up for their reservations," a restaurant employee told AFP.

"We prepare fish for the number of expected customers and have to turn down other requests for booking sometimes. We simply cannot afford it if people don't show up.”

Photo: ING image

Daydream your way to an Apple watch
Daydream your way to an Apple watch
30 Apr 2015

Daydream your way to an Apple watch

How far would you go to get your hands on an Apple watch?

Well, more than 500 people had to remain dead still for as long as possible in a wacky daydreaming contest in China in order to win the watch.

Of course all this was not without distractions. While contestants spaced out, organisers tried to distract them by waving money at them or pulling silly faces.

The winner, student Liang Danni, was crowned the champion after daydreaming for two hours and 20 minutes.

Photo: Daily Mail
 

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