Weird news of the week (Jun 13-19)

A jilted man gives HALF of belongings to ex, a bizarre collarbone challenge, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Jilted man gives ex half of belongings - literally
Jilted man gives ex half of belongings - literally
19 Jun 2015

Jilted man gives ex half of belongings - literally

After a bitter break up, a jilted German guy decided to split his and his ex’s joint belongings in half - literally.

The man, identified by his eBay username der.jili, used power tools to cut through their shared belongings which included a bed, car, iPhone and laptop, and posted a video of his actions on YouTube. Along with the video, he wrote: "Thank you for 12 beautiful years, Laura. You really deserve half.

"Greeting also to my successor."

He reportedly sent half of the pieces to his ex and is selling his share on eBay.

Woman drives with IV drip still attached
Woman drives with IV drip still attached
19 Jun 2015

Woman drives with IV drip still attached

A Chinese woman was in such a hurry to get home that she drove back with her IV drip still attached to her arm.

The woman, named only as Ms Guo, was spotted driving a blue car in Guiyang City last Tuesday (Jun 9) with the IV drip bag and stand sticking out of the window. According to eye witness Xiao Kun, who uploaded footage of the incident on Weibo, Guo was driving at around 40km/h.

Apparently, Guo was in the midst of getting an IV drip for a cold when her husband called her to come home urgently. He did not expect her to drive back with it still attached.

Collarbone challenge goes viral in China
Collarbone challenge goes viral in China
19 Jun 2015

Collarbone challenge goes viral in China

Yet another Internet trend has gone viral in China: the collarbone challenge. Thousands of netizens have been posting selfies showing how many coins they can put on their collarbones. While it was common for participants, who were mostly slim women, to hold around 20 coins on a single collarbone, Chinese actress Lu Jiarong (left) managed an impressive 80 coins on both her collarbones.

The challenge claims that the more coins you can hold, the better your figure is, though there is no scientific theory to support the challenge.

Man eats concrete thinking it’s sesame paste
Man eats concrete thinking it’s sesame paste
19 Jun 2015

Man eats concrete thinking it’s sesame paste

A drunk Chinese man had to have his stomach pumped after accidentally eating 250 grams of concrete.

According to media reports, the man was walking home in Nanjing when he spotted a pail of wet concrete. Thinking it was sesame paste, he helped himself to it.

Police received a call from a member of the public, who reported seeing the man digging into a pail of concrete. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

Man abandons suicide after jumping into dirty river
Man abandons suicide after jumping into dirty river
19 Jun 2015

Man abandons suicide after jumping into dirty river

A man changed his mind about committing suicide after jumping into a filthy river and had to swim several kilometres before he was saved. The 48-year-old man decided to end his life after sustaining large losses in his business but regretted his decision as soon as he hit the polluted Yiwu River in China’s Zhejiang province.

"The water is so filthy and smelly that it's too disgusting to be swallowed," said the man after he was rescued by police.
 

Pregnant woman addicted to eating soap
Pregnant woman addicted to eating soap
19 Jun 2015

Pregnant woman addicted to eating soap

Some women crave spicy food, chips or even ice when they are pregnant but one expectant mum cannot stop eating soap.

26-year-old Jess Gayford from Bristol in south-west England became addicted to soap – bar soap as well as handwash – since becoming pregnant with her second child eight months ago. It started when she had the sudden urge to “lick a bar of Dove” and now gets through two bottles of handwash a week. She must be relieved to know that her soap-eating ways will not harm her unborn daughter.

Photo: ING

Students run through real flames in fire drill
Students run through real flames in fire drill
19 Jun 2015

Students run through real flames in fire drill

This Chinese school sure takes their fire drills very seriously.

Students at this school near Shanghai got a taste of what a real fire is like when they were forced to run through flames and smoke during a fire drill. They were shown how to evacuate a building by running through flaming poles and were taught to put napkins over their mouths to avoid smoke inhalation.

Chinese 'Hogwarts' holds Confucian-style graduation ceremony
Chinese 'Hogwarts' holds Confucian-style graduation ceremony
19 Jun 2015

Chinese 'Hogwarts' holds Confucian-style graduation ceremony

China’s Hebei Academy of Fine Arts may look like it came out of a Harry Potter movie but when it came to a graduation ceremony for its first batch of students, Confucius ruled.

The Chinese university, which made headlines last year for its resemblance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, held a Confucian-style ceremony for its degree graduates on Tuesday.

More than 1,000 Hebei Academy of Fine Arts students dressed in white Chinese gowns gathered outside a campus temple dedicated to Confucius for the ceremony. A college official patted each student with a white brush before they bowed in front of a headmaster, who wore a black gown and had his hair in a man bun.
 

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