Weird news of the week (Sep 26 - Oct 2)

A woman strips in public because beau won’t buy her iPhone, a sushi with added "bite", and more of this week’s oddest news.

Woman strips in public because boyfriend won’t buy her iPhone
Woman strips in public because boyfriend won’t buy her iPhone
02 Oct 2015

Woman strips in public because boyfriend won’t buy her iPhone

iPhones make people do crazy things. Some sell their kidneys, others rent out their girlfriends, and this Chinese woman allegedly threw a massive tantrum and stripped in public when her boyfriend refused to get her an iPhone 6s. CCTV footage of the argument-cum-striptease near the entrance of a subway station in Nanjing on Sep 18 has amassed millions of views since it was uploaded on YouTube.

In the video, the woman can be seen confronting the guy before starting to undress in full view of passers-by until she is buck naked. Furious when her boyfriend walks away, she follows him and shoves him several times. While media reports said that the argument was sparked from his refusal to buy her an iPhone, some netizens claimed the woman stripped to shame her boyfriend as he was embarrassed to take her out. Well, she sure accomplished her goal.
 

Woman finds false teeth in takeout sushi
Woman finds false teeth in takeout sushi
02 Oct 2015

Woman finds false teeth in takeout sushi

Here’s another reason to stay away from raw fish for a while. A Hong Kong woman was enjoying her take-out sushi when she bit into something hard. To her horror, found three false teeth - dental filling included - amongst her food when she spat it out. Ugh!

According to the manager of the Sushi Express branch where the salmon sushi was purchased, none of the staff wear false teeth (how reassuring!) and masks are worn during food preparation. Hygiene levels were also found to be satisfactory at the store. The company has promised to find the source of the row of less-than-pearly whites. Last week, Hong Kong fast-food chain Maxim’s was fined HK$6,000 (around S$1,110) after a piece of chewed gum was found in a piece of salmon sushi last year.

Woman in hospital after mistaking builder’s foam for hair mousse
Woman in hospital after mistaking builder’s foam for hair mousse
02 Oct 2015

Woman in hospital after mistaking builder’s foam for hair mousse

A woman ended up in A&E at a hospital in Eastern Europe after mistaking a can of expanding builder’s foam for hair mousse. A photo of her looking less than amused with an inexplicable monstrosity on her head went viral on social media on Tuesday (Sep 29). Used by handymen to prevent leaks and fill gaps, we hope the polyurethane foam did not cause any permanent damage to the woman’s head or scalp.

Chlorine soap is the newest beauty craze in Thailand
Chlorine soap is the newest beauty craze in Thailand
02 Oct 2015

Chlorine soap is the newest beauty craze in Thailand

The pursuit of milky-white skin has reached new heights in Thailand, where women are turning to chlorine soap to lighten their skin tone. The main active ingredient in this new product is calcium hypochlorite, which is commonly used to disinfect swimming pools and for water treatment. The soap’s manufacturers claim that it kills bacteria on the skin and whitens it in one to two weeks, however doctors warn that it produce can cause irritation in the respiratory system, eyes, and skin, and have called for it to be taken off the market.

Woman who dreamed about being blind pours drain cleaner into eyes
Woman who dreamed about being blind pours drain cleaner into eyes
02 Oct 2015

Woman who dreamed about being blind pours drain cleaner into eyes

A US woman who has a fascination with blindness arranged to have drain cleaner poured into her eyes to fulfill her dream. As a child, Jewel Shuping, who has Body Integrity Identity Disorder, a condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled, would spend hours staring at the sun in order to damage her eyes. She also picked up braille and pretended to be blind, and finally ten years ago, she found a psychologist to help her lose her vision. They first put numbing eyedrops, followed by drain cleaner and after six months, the 30-year-old’s dream became a reality. “'I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” said Jewel.

Bride sends no-show guests dinner bill
Bride sends no-show guests dinner bill
02 Oct 2015

Bride sends no-show guests dinner bill

A Bridezilla sent a US couple a bill after they cancelled their plans to attend the wedding last minute. Turns out that Jessica Baker’s babysitter could not make it at the last moment and kids were not allowed at the wedding so she and her hubby had no choice but to bail. A few weeks later, she received a bill for US$75 (S$110) - tax and service charge included - asking her to cover the cost of her and her husband’s meals. While it is not known if Jessica informed the newlyweds that they wouldn’t be turning up but surely the couple would have prepared for overage while planning such a big event. Yes, it is rude of guests to be a no-show but it is even ruder for the hosts to send them the bill.

Infatuated conman returns victim money, asks for photo instead
Infatuated conman returns victim money, asks for photo instead
02 Oct 2015

Infatuated conman returns victim money, asks for photo instead

A conman, who had scammed a Chinese undergrad of 5,000 yuan, has offered to return his victim half of the money and ask for her photo after he had taken a liking to her. According to media reports, 17-year-old Xiao Song received a call on Wednesday (Sep 23) from a man claiming that there was a problem with a payment she made on online shopping site Taobao. Xiao Song gave the man her bank account details so that he could process a refund but later found 5,000 yuan missing from her account.

To her surprise, the conman got in touch with her the next day and offered to return her half the money. “You are too naïve. I am embarrassed to take so much of your money,” he said in a text message, before asking her to send over a photo.

"Initially I did not believe him, but to my surprise, he really did put 2,500 yuan back into my account," said Xiao Song. "Now I feel a bit confused about whether I am a lucky person or not."

Bank robbers arrested after posting selfie with cash
Bank robbers arrested after posting selfie with cash
02 Oct 2015

Bank robbers arrested after posting selfie with cash

A US man has been arrested for allegedly robbing a bank after he posted selfies with his loot on Facebook. Apparently, John Morgan, 28, had just been released from jail for bank robbery when he walked into an Ohio bank on Aug 24 and slipped the teller a note demanding cash. She handed it over and he took off on foot. The police were tipped off when John posted Facebook photos of himself and his girlfriend with wads of cash. "Good decision-making isn't his strong suit," said the police. You don’t say.
 

Police break into car to save abandoned baby…
Police break into car to save abandoned baby…
02 Oct 2015

Police break into car to save abandoned baby…

... only to discover that it was a creepily lifelike doll. The doll was wrapped in a blanket with its face and body covered, causing two British police officers to fear a mother had locked her baby inside. After failing to locate the car’s owner, they smashed a rear window to gain access to the vehicle which was parked at a hospital car park. Though it turned out to be a false alarm, a police chief said his officers did the right thing: "The colouration of the head appeared discoloured giving the highly experienced officers additional cause for alarm.” The police said it would pay for the damage.

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