Weird news of the week (Jun 6-12)

A bizarre belly button challenge, a man who dressed as his girlfriend to sit for her exams, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Bizarre belly button challenge hits China
Bizarre belly button challenge hits China
12 Jun 2015

Bizarre belly button challenge hits China

Even before the armpit hair trend has started to fizzle, a new Internet craze has taken China by storm: the belly button challenge.

The challenge to determine if one’s figure is good or not has seen thousands trying to wrap their arms around their waists to touch their navals and uploading the photos on Weibo. Even celebrities like actress Yang Mi (left) are getting in on the act.

Don’t feel bad if can’t accomplish the pose. Experts say the challenge is about flexibility and arm length, rather than fitness – as proven by this guy with a beer belly.

South Korean women lie about MERS to skip work
South Korean women lie about MERS to skip work
12 Jun 2015

South Korean women lie about MERS to skip work

Some people will do just about anything to skip work.

A South Korean saleswoman has been charged for spreading a rumour on Facebook that the store she was working at was hiding an outbreak of MERS among staff. Apparently, she was hoping the store would close and she could take time off work.

Another woman also reportedly lied to her employer that she had contracted the virus in order to skip work. Someone who identified himself as her husband sent a text message to her employer saying she was in hospital after testing positive for MERS. She was later found at home.

Photo: EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

Student changes name to avoid paying airline fees
Student changes name to avoid paying airline fees
12 Jun 2015

Student changes name to avoid paying airline fees

A 19-year-old student decided to change his name to Adam West to go on vacation because it was cheaper than changing his Ryanair booking.

The budget airline wanted Adam Armstrong to pay £220 (S$460) - double the price of his flight - to correct a mistake on his ticket. His girlfriend’s stepfather had booked him a flight under the name “Adam West”, which he uses on his Facebook page, so instead of giving in, he changed his surname by deed poll for free. While he avoided paying any airline fees, Adam had to pay £103 (S$215) to get a new passport. Oh well, you can’t win it all.

Man returns home to find half his house demolished
Man returns home to find half his house demolished
12 Jun 2015

Man returns home to find half his house demolished

A Brazilian man returned home from work one day to find half his house missing. Yes, you read right – his house had been literally “chopped in two” and half of it demolished after his ex-wife sold her share of the property.

Turns out Luis Geraldo dos Santos’ house, which he built himself, is situated on the edge of the Olympic Park site for 2016 Rio Games, and they had to leave to make way for it. Luis refused but his estranged wife secretly accepted the compensation deal and moved out of the home.

Luis now lives exposed to the elements with the couple’s 17-year-old daughter and her baby, but that’s not the worst. He hasn’t showered in the past two weeks as the water supply was cut off when they demolished his ex-wife’s side of the house.

Man works out in subway
Man works out in subway
12 Jun 2015

Man works out in subway

This guy sure doesn’t waste a single minute. Bored or perhaps restless during his subway commute in Nanjing last Saturday night (Jun 6), the man removed his shoes and started doing push-ups in the cabin. And he doesn’t do it on the floor but balances himself on seats across the aisle from each other.

The scene was photographed by a commuter who posted the picture on Weibo. While we’re impressed by his display of strength, we can’t help but wonder what will happen if the train suddenly brakes.
 

Doctors remove 420 stones from man’s kidney
Doctors remove 420 stones from man’s kidney
12 Jun 2015

Doctors remove 420 stones from man’s kidney

Beancurd lovers, take note. A 55-year-old man in China’s Zhejiang had to undergo a two-hour operation to remove 420 stones from his kidney after eating too much tofu.

The man, who ate tofu on a daily basis and drank little water, visited the doctor in May complaining of abdominal pain and a CT scan revealed that his left kidney was packed with stones. Doctors spent 45 minutes removing the stones, one by one.

A doctor who treated the man said: "Soy products, especially gypsum tofu, are very high in calcium, the excess of which cannot be excreted from the body without a sufficient intake of water." Had he delayed treatment, his kidney would not be able to function properly.
 

Man dresses up as girlfriend to sit for her exams
Man dresses up as girlfriend to sit for her exams
12 Jun 2015

Man dresses up as girlfriend to sit for her exams

A Kazakhstan man has been arrested for cross-dressing and trying to take an exam in his girlfriend’s place.

Ayan Zhademov’s girlfriend was having the jitters so he offered to take the paper on her behalf. Dressed in a white top, grey skirt and a long-haired wig, Ayan snuck into the exam hall but was pulled aside for questioning when invigilators became suspicious.

“He tried speaking in a high voice but it was obvious then that he was a male,” said a spokesman for the exam board. Ayan was later fined £1,400 for his actions.

And in another case of impersonation…

Man dresses up as police officer to get friend out of prison
Man dresses up as police officer to get friend out of prison
12 Jun 2015

Man dresses up as police officer to get friend out of prison

This guy is one loyal friend. When he learned that his pal was arrested for illegal gambling (it turned out to be false), he dressed up as a police officer to try to get him out of prison.

CCTV footage, which was dated Jun 1, showed the Chinese man brazenly entering a Zhejiang police station dressed as a cop (turns out he used to be a police assistant) and attempting to negotiate with other officers. However, his disguise was rumbled and the man was arrested and spent five days in prison.

Japan grooms start quirky wedding trend - broccoli toss
Japan grooms start quirky wedding trend - broccoli toss
12 Jun 2015

Japan grooms start quirky wedding trend - broccoli toss

All eyes are usually on the bride at weddings but grooms in Japan have started a quirky trend to turn the spotlight on themselves - the broccoli toss. Like the bouquet toss, the groom throws the broccoli over his shoulder to his single bros and one who catches it is supposed to be the next to get hitched.

And this isn’t a plush replica but the real deal (what if someone gets hit in the head?), and sometimes a bottle or packet of mayonnaise is thrown in as a prize to the winner of the toss. Consider us stunned like vegetable.

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