Weird news of the week (Sep 11-18)

A new brow-raising trend, hunky "tear therapists" for rent, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Thighbrows are the next big thing on social media
Thighbrows are the next big thing on social media
18 Sep 2015

Thighbrows are the next big thing on social media

Forget thigh gaps and dad bods, thighbrows are the latest body craze on Instagram. Thigh what, you say? Let me break it down for you. Thighbrows are the crease that form at the top and front of the thigh when you sit or kneel, and for some strange reason, they are taking social media by storm, with celebs from Beyonce to the Kardashian klan flaunting them online.

Unlike thigh gaps, the thighbrow is deemed to be universal to all body types and promotes a positive body image. While we’ve only seen photos of women’s thighbrows, we doubt the phenomenon is exclusive to the female species and would be most appreciative if any guy is willing to strip down to his birthday suit or Borat mankini to confirm this. 

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Rent a hunk to wipe your tears away
Rent a hunk to wipe your tears away
18 Sep 2015

Rent a hunk to wipe your tears away

A Japanese company has come up with an unusual way to help ladies cope with stress and sexism in the workplace. For 7,900 yen (S$92), women in Tokyo can rent a hot guy to “provide a kind word” and wipe her tears away - with soft tissues, no less. These aren’t just some random cute guy but “tear therapists” who are licensed in “therapeutic crying”, and there are even different types for you to choose from eg the bad boy, intellectual, boy-next-door. Apart from lending a shoulder to cry on, there are also plans for the therapists to bring tear jerking films to their clients to encourage a good cry.

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Chinese hoarder’s trash spills out of home
Chinese hoarder’s trash spills out of home
18 Sep 2015

Chinese hoarder’s trash spills out of home

Those of you with OCD might want to skip this story. A hoarder in China collected so much rubbish that it spilled out of his home in Qingdao and blocked the entrance to a block of flats. According to media reports, the 83-year-old man had been picking trash from the streets for more than ten years. The situation was so bad that a two-storey high pile of trash blocked the building entrance and residents had to use the emergency exit as a result. 

Thankfully, his kids staged an intervention and called in a cleaning crew to clean up the mess when the man was away during a long weekend. It took the crew two days to remove rubbish from the site.

Photo: Reuters

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Toddler gets head stuck in restaurant door
Toddler gets head stuck in restaurant door
18 Sep 2015

Toddler gets head stuck in restaurant door

This is a nightmare for any parent. A two-year-old girl found her head stuck in a restaurant door after it closed on her neck. The toddler was playing alone at the entrance of a restaurant in Nanning, China, when a customer opened and closed the door, accidentally trapping the girl’s neck in the gap between the door and the frame. Her parents, who were dining at the restaurant, tried to help the distressed child but to no avail. Firefighters were called in and the girl was freed after they expanded the gap with tools.

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Man arrested for urinating on passengers mid-flight
Man arrested for urinating on passengers mid-flight
18 Sep 2015

Man arrested for urinating on passengers mid-flight

A US man was arrested on Friday (Sep 11) after he urinated on passengers on board a JetBlue flight from Anchorage to Oregon. According to witnesses, Jeff Rubin, 27, who had been asleep for most of the three-hour flight, woke up 30 minutes before landing and began peeing "through the crack of the seat onto the passengers seated in front of him". And if that wasn’t bad enough, he lost his balance causing him to fall backwards and pee upwards, splashing urine on passengers and luggage. Ugh, gross!

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China university slammed for making students pick majors lottery-style
China university slammed for making students pick majors lottery-style
18 Sep 2015

China university slammed for making students pick majors lottery-style

A prominent university in Hunan has been slammed for making its second-year students choose their majors through a lottery system. Some majors under the department of civil engineering at the University of South China had been oversubscribed and the university said it had no choice but to resort to this method to ensure students are well distributed across all seven majors. Out of 585 students, only the top 190 performers had a say in picking their majors.

Some netizens have criticised the university’s lazy administration, calling it irresponsible and its preferential treatment a form of “discrimination”. “Students should enjoy the right to choose the majors they prefer, and the college should not sacrifice students' chances of personal development for the sake of maintaining a balance among majors,” commented netizen Jingshuishenliu.

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Woman arrested for having sex with unconscious boyfriend in public
Woman arrested for having sex with unconscious boyfriend in public
18 Sep 2015

Woman arrested for having sex with unconscious boyfriend in public

Talk about being horny. This US woman didn’t even care that her boyfriend had passed out, she wanted sex and she wanted it now.

36-year-old Kimberly Jackson was arrested for having sex with her unconscious boyfriend in a car park in broad daylight last Tuesday (Sep 8). Kimberly was caught with her pants down straddling her partner when police arrived at the busy shopping area. Speaking to the media after she was out on bail, Kimberly blamed her actions on alcohol and said it made her “in the mood”. She has been charged with public drunkenness.

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Thai police recover stolen 6-carat diamond via colonoscopy
Thai police recover stolen 6-carat diamond via colonoscopy
18 Sep 2015

Thai police recover stolen 6-carat diamond via colonoscopy

Thai police have recovered a stolen six-carat diamond worth 10 million baht (S$390,000) from a Chinese woman’s intestines after she swallowed it and tried to smuggle it out of the country. 39-year-old Jiang Xulian and her male partner were arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on Thursday (Sep 10) after CCTV footage allegedly showed the pair switching a fake stone for the real one at a jewellery fair. Though they denied involvement, X-rays showed a diamond-like object in Xulian’s intestine. She confessed following the X-ray and agreed to a colonoscopy after laxatives failed to get it out. 

Photo: Bangkok Post

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