Weird news of the week (Jul 18-24)

A man gets severed hand attached to ankle, a beer-guzzling toddler, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Doctors save man’s hand by attaching it to ankle
Doctors save man’s hand by attaching it to ankle
24 Jul 2015

Doctors save man’s hand by attaching it to ankle

Doctors at a Hunan hospital have managed to save a man’s severed hand by grafting it to his ankle. In May, the patient, known only by his surname Zhou, got his left hand stuck between spinning blades of a machine while he was working. As his hand and arm were badly wounded, doctors were not able to reattach it immediately. Instead, they temporarily grafted his severed hand to his leg to provide a blood supply to “keep it alive”.

After a month when Zhou’s arm was healed, he underwent another surgery to reattach his hand to his wrist and has since been discharged. However, he still needs further rehabilitation as he can only make slight movements with his fingers.
 

Photo of beer-guzzling toddler takes internet by storm
Photo of beer-guzzling toddler takes internet by storm
24 Jul 2015

Photo of beer-guzzling toddler takes internet by storm

If you thought you had a drinking problem, you ain’t seen nothing yet. A photo of a Chinese toddler swigging beer has sparked outrage after it was released by local media on Tuesday (July 21). According to reports, 19-month-old Tangtang can down half a can of beer in one go and once he gets his hands on the liquid gold, he won’t let go.

Tangtang was first introduced to alcohol during a family gathering last year when his father dipped a chopstick in beer and let him have a lick. Since then, the kid has also had red and white wine. Tangtang’s father, who also enjoys his tipples, said he wanted him to start from a young age “to foster courage” but now feels guilty for getting the toddler hooked. You don’t say.
 

Mutant flowers grow near Fukushima nuclear site
Mutant flowers grow near Fukushima nuclear site
24 Jul 2015

Mutant flowers grow near Fukushima nuclear site

Deformed daisies have been found near the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, four years after a tsunami caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Photos of the mutant flowers have been making the rounds online after they were shared by Twitter user San_kaido, who lives in the city of Nasushiobara, about 110 kilometres from the plant.

“The right one grew up, split into two stems to have two flowers connected to each other, having four stems of flower tied belt-like. The left one has four stems grew up to be tied to each other and it has a ring-shaped flower,” he wrote.

Though biologists have argued that the deformity is called fasciation and not a result of radiation, mutated fruits and vegetables have been spotted in the area after the nuclear disaster.

Ring road built around flats after residents refuse to move out
Ring road built around flats after residents refuse to move out
24 Jul 2015

Ring road built around flats after residents refuse to move out

Developers have been forced to build a huge ring road around a block of flats in Guangzhou after several residents refused to move out. According to local media, the residents could not reach a compensation agreement with the authorities, so rather than abandoning the project, the viaduct was built around the flats. While it looks like a win-win situation for both parties, we can’t imagine how noisy it must be for residents to live with surround-sound traffic noise.

Photo: Reuters

Cathay Pacific loses NZ$1 million at airport
Cathay Pacific loses NZ$1 million at airport
24 Jul 2015

Cathay Pacific loses NZ$1 million at airport

Cathay Pacific has come under fire after losing a bag containing NZ$1 million (around S$905,000) at the Hong Kong International Airport last Friday (July 17). A luggage box carrying 13 cash bags was being delivered to the Bank of China through the cargo transfer service provided by Hong Kong Airport Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay. At the airport, the box was transferred via trailer with just a driver.

CCTV footage showed that three of 13 bags fell out of the trailer while it was making a turn at a corner. It was only 10 minutes later when the cargo arrived at the station that the driver realised the bags were missing. Two were later found on the tarmac but the third is still missing.

Photo: EPA/ BARBARA WALTON

Woman slammed for posting photo of boy in washing machine
Woman slammed for posting photo of boy in washing machine
24 Jul 2015

Woman slammed for posting photo of boy in washing machine

A 21-year-old woman has been questioned by UK police after she posted a photo of a boy with Down's syndrome in a washing machine on Facebook last week. According to Courtney Stewart, who shared the photo “as a laugh”, the boy has a “washing obsession” and climbed into the machine on his own accord. She added that the door had not been closed and the machine was unplugged. However, Courtney's neighbours did not see the funny side to it and reported her to police. She was also assaulted and called names over the photo.

Bear suffers food coma after heavy lunch
Bear suffers food coma after heavy lunch
24 Jul 2015

Bear suffers food coma after heavy lunch

A Florida black bear suffered some serious food coma after it gorged down 20 pounds (around 9kg) of dog food which it found in a garage. According to media reports, the bear dragged the bag of food out into the backyard where it enjoyed its meal amidst the green surroundings and later took a 1.5 hour siesta.

Amateur animal wrangler Bob Cross, who was called to the scene, could not hold back his laughter as he took photos of the sleeping bear stretched out on the lawn. After the bear woke up, it wandered off as if nothing had happened. Since we’re on the topic of naps…

Italian village bans dog barking during siesta
Italian village bans dog barking during siesta
24 Jul 2015

Italian village bans dog barking during siesta

Fed up with dogs causing a disturbance during residents’ afternoon naps, the small village of Campania in Southern Italy has enforced a new law that bans pets from barking between the hours of 2pm and 4pm. According to media reports, owners face fines of between 25 and 500 euros if their pets are caught making noise during the hours of the riposo, the Italian afternoon nap, as well as overnight, though it is not known exactly how owners could prevent the barking. It truly is a dog’s life for the pets!

Photo: ING Image

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