Weird news of the week (May 30 - Jun 5)

A woman superglues teeth to avoid the dentist chair, “Queen Elizabeth has died” and more of this week’s oddest news.

Woman superglues teeth in mouth to avoid visiting dentist
Woman superglues teeth in mouth to avoid visiting dentist
03 Jun 2015

Woman superglues teeth in mouth to avoid visiting dentist

A British woman was so terrified of visiting the dentist that she superglued her teeth back in her mouth when they fell out.

Angie Barlow, whose fear of the dentist stems from her mother’s death from throat cancer, resorted to DIY dentistry for more than ten years but that only made things worse. The toxic chemicals in the glue had led Angie to lose 90 per cent of the bone supporting her teeth in the upper jaw and she was forced to remove most of her teeth and insert titanium pins into her skull to screw on the false teeth.

“When the tooth comes out, I just put a little bit of glue and try and hold it in place to keep it…so I don't have a gap in my teeth. I used glue on the top of the tooth, and then I put it back in place until the glue is set,” she said.

Photo: Dailymail.co.uk

Motorcyclist continues using mobile phone after crash
Motorcyclist continues using mobile phone after crash
03 Jun 2015

Motorcyclist continues using mobile phone after crash

If you think you have a mobile phone addiction, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

A motorcyclist remained unfazed and carried on playing on his mobile phone after he was hit by a car at a busy road junction in Changsha, China, last Tuesday (May 26). Even after police arrived, the man refused to get up and remained sprawled on the road with boxes scattered around him, causing major traffic disruptions. The man was later taken to hospital but was soon discharged with minor injuries.

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Nude photoshoot at Forbidden City sparks outrage
Nude photoshoot at Forbidden City sparks outrage
03 Jun 2015

Nude photoshoot at Forbidden City sparks outrage

Chinese photographer Wang Dong has been slammed for his naked photoshoot in Beijing’s historic Forbidden City.

The photos, which were posted on Wang’s Weibo account last month, feature a female model posing at various spots in the Chinese imperial palace. In one photo, the woman is seen flashing her bum as she leaned over a handrail with crowds of tourists nearby and another showed her straddling the head of a marble dragon in the nude.

As expected, the photos did not go down well with netizens, who felt it was inappropriate to take nude photos at the ancient site, much less during opening hours when was it was thronged with tourists. The Forbidden City said in a statement on Monday (Jun 1) that Wang had not sought permission for the shoot and that staff had tried to put a stop to it.

“Queen Elizabeth has died”
“Queen Elizabeth has died”
04 Jun 2015

“Queen Elizabeth has died”

A BBC reporter sparked false death rumours after she mistakenly tweeted on Wednesday (Jun 3) that the Queen had died.

Ahmen Khawaja tweeted that the 89-year-old had been taken to hospital and later announced: “Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died.”

She quickly deleted the tweet saying it was a “false alarm” and that the Queen was being treated in a hospital. Though Ahmen claimed she had been the victim of a "silly prank" after she left her phone unattended, the BBC said the error was a result of an obituary rehearsal. Coincidentally, the Queen was at the King Edward VII’s hospital that morning but it was for a routine medical checkup.

Photo: EPA/STUART C. WILSON

Photo of airport worker using tape to fix plane goes viral
Photo of airport worker using tape to fix plane goes viral
03 Jun 2015

Photo of airport worker using tape to fix plane goes viral

A photo of an airport worker using tape to repair an easyJet plane minutes before take-off has gone viral. The photo, which was snapped by a passenger, showed a worker standing on a ladder applying what looks to be duct tape to the aircraft’s engine shell.

easyJet later clarified that the silver tape was actually speed tape, which is much stronger and widely used for minor repairs on aircraft.

"Please be reassured that the duct tape is in place as a result of some cosmetic work that is required to the aircraft paintwork,”tweeted the airline. "It is nothing structural and in no way compromises the safety of the aircraft."

Photo: Twitter

Man shoves beer glass up ass to “ease constipation”
Man shoves beer glass up ass to “ease constipation”
03 Jun 2015

Man shoves beer glass up ass to “ease constipation”

We don’t know which is worse: The woman who shoved a spatula down her throat, or this Chinese man who squeezed a beer glass into his bottom in a bid to “ease constipation”.

According to the man, he did not expect the 7cm-wide glass to slip into his body and get stuck in his rectum. He was reportedly in so much pain that he had turned white when he went to the hospital. It eventually took three surgeons an hour to remove the glass.
 

Flight delayed 6 hrs after passenger caught smoking in loo
Flight delayed 6 hrs after passenger caught smoking in loo
04 Jun 2015

Flight delayed 6 hrs after passenger caught smoking in loo

A China Southern Airlines flight from Shenzhen was delayed six hours after a Japanese passenger was caught smoking in the toilet.

A passenger, surnamed Han, said the man smelled of cigarettes when he came out of the toilet and that it was filled with smoke. He immediately reported the man. When confronted, the Japanese traveller admitted to smoking in the toilet and his matches were confiscated by the cabin crew.

The man was taken away by police after the plane landed at Pudong airport and was reportedly released after he wrote a letter of apology at the police station.


Godzilla officially granted Japanese citizenship
Godzilla officially granted Japanese citizenship
04 Jun 2015

Godzilla officially granted Japanese citizenship

Despite repeatedly wreaking havoc in Japan over the decades, Godzilla has been granted an honorary citizenship by Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. The reason? To promote the district's latest attraction: a giant Godzilla head towering 171 feet above a Shinjuku entertainment complex.

Though the decision was announced in April, the paperwork was only completed last week and 5,000 copies of the 61-year-old monster’s residency papers were printed and given to fans.

Maybe Godzilla will put a stop to the destruction now that it’s a citizen?

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