Weird news of the week (Oct 3-9)

A woman’s hand was severed by HDB lift doors, a BK burger that gives you green poop, and more of this week’s oddest news. 

Woman’s hand severed by HDB lift doors
Woman’s hand severed by HDB lift doors
09 Oct 2015

Woman’s hand severed by HDB lift doors

An elderly woman’s left hand has been severed after it got trapped in between lift doors at a HDB block in Taman Jurong on Friday (Oct 9). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at Block 322 Tah Ching Road at 7.27am. When they arrived, they found Khoo Bee Hua stuck in the lift on the ground floor with her left hand trapped in between the lift doors.

UPDATE: Khoo was returning to her flat with her dog and it is believed that the lift doors shut on her hand, leaving the dog outside and the 85-year-old trapped within the lift.

TODAY understands that the woman’s left hand, which had dislodged from her body, was retrieved by paramedics, packaged in ice and taken to NUH with her. Doctors had failed to reattach it after a  four-hour surgery. Use of the lift has since been suspended.

Photo: Channel 8 news

Man has dagger stuck in rectum while trying to DIY remove piles
Man has dagger stuck in rectum while trying to DIY remove piles
09 Oct 2015

Man has dagger stuck in rectum while trying to DIY remove piles

This is why one should not attempt to take matters into his own hands especially when it comes to their health. A Chinese man accidentally got a six-inch long dagger stuck up his rectum when he tried to remove his piles himself in his dorm in Hangzhou.

The man, known only by his surname Yan, claimed that he had been suffering from haemorrhoids for more than ten years and decided to “chop them off” on Wednesday (Oct 7) when the pain became unbearable. He squatted in front of a mirror, but lost his balance and sat on the blade by accident. Yan was rushed to hospital and hospital staff said the handle of the dagger could be seen sticking out of his backside. Doctors successfully extracted the knife but to their surprise, found no traces of piles on his body. They suspect he could be suffering from mental illness.
 

Grandmother helps boy poop outside Burberry store
Grandmother helps boy poop outside Burberry store
09 Oct 2015

Grandmother helps boy poop outside Burberry store

Another day, another Chinese tourist gets shamed for their bad behaviour. In the spotlight this week is a woman and her grandson, who found it too big a hassle to settle his business in the bathroom.

The boy was caught on camera defecating outside a Burberry store at Bicester Village in the UK and photos of him taking a dump on a shopping bag went viral on social media over the weekend. Bemused cabbie Matt Kelly posted a photo of the granny carrying the boy as he did a number two, with the caption: “I’m guessing she’s not a @Burberry fan.” The most baffling part is the nearest toilet is just round the corner from the store and there are Chinese signs all over the Oxfordshire shopping outlet.

Woman dies in HK McDonald’s oblivious, goes unnoticed for hours
Woman dies in HK McDonald’s oblivious, goes unnoticed for hours
09 Oct 2015

Woman dies in HK McDonald’s oblivious, goes unnoticed for hours

A homeless woman was found dead at a McDonald’s outlet in Hong Kong on Saturday morning (Sep 4), surrounded by oblivious diners who ate around her. According to local media, the woman, aged between 50 and 60, was found slumped over a table 24 hours after she first entered the restaurant near Kowloon Bay. A McDonald’s employee called the police at around 8.30am after finding her unconscious and cold.

CCTV footage showed the woman had entered the restaurant at 8.39am on Friday and sat at a table near the bathroom. She suddenly slumped over at 1.20am and remained in that position until a customer approached her some seven hours later. She was confirmed dead at the scene. The incident has brought attention to the rise of McRefugees, homeless people who seek shelter in 24-hour restaurants, in the city. Though the numbers are relatively low, many are forced to live on the street as they cannot afford the city’s sky high housing prices.

Photo: EPA 

Burger King’s black Whopper is causing green poop
Burger King’s black Whopper is causing green poop
09 Oct 2015

Burger King’s black Whopper is causing green poop

US customers who had a taste of Burger King’s black-bunned Halloween Whopper were in for a surprise when they noticed a scary side effect - green poop. And this wasn’t some sickly green stool but bright green, or “comical green” as some called it, and joked that the fast food chain should bring back the limited edition burger during St Patrick’s Day.

Unlike BK Japan’s black burger which got its colour from squid ink, the American version uses A1 steak sauce that's baked into the bun. While some people vowed never to eat it again, others couldn’t wait to try it out of curiosity. One netizen said it took three days for his poop to stop turning green but that it was “totally worth it”.
 

Chinese boy dies after getting trapped in subway escalator
Chinese boy dies after getting trapped in subway escalator
09 Oct 2015

Chinese boy dies after getting trapped in subway escalator

Seems like the escalator epidemic in China isn’t ending anytime soon. A young boy lost his life after getting trapped under the handrail of an escalator in a Chongqing subway station on Thursday (Oct 8). It is not clear how the accident occurred but the boy is believed to have suffocated. Photos surfaced on the Internet shortly after the accident at 11am and a woman, believed to be the victim’s mother, and another child could be seen crying near the body as a crowd looked on. Station staff reportedly responded immediately to the incident but they could not save the boy. The escalator has been closed pending further investigation.

Chinese school forces students to have font-like handwriting
Chinese school forces students to have font-like handwriting
09 Oct 2015

Chinese school forces students to have font-like handwriting

Is this an English class or penmanship class? A middle school in Hebei, China, has become a talking point after photos of its students’ almost amazing penmanship made the rounds online. Hengshui Middle School, which is famous for its strict academic standards, requires pupils to write English letters as if they were printed off from computers, reported local media.

While pupils' grammar needs improving, their handwriting is so neat that they look like computer fonts, complete with perfect spacing, and students had to write each letter the exact same way each time or risk being penalised. One pupil was even told to see the teacher about her bad handwriting. Not sure about you but I think me and my illegible penmanship would surely fail this class.
 

‘Frozen Chook’ is the new social media craze
‘Frozen Chook’ is the new social media craze
09 Oct 2015

‘Frozen Chook’ is the new social media craze

Forget planking, ‘frozen chook’ is the new craze that is sweeping the Internet. The bizarre phenomenon that originated in New Zealand involves people getting naked and curling up like poultry from the frozen section in just about anywhere – in a forest, on rooftops, on dirt roads, even in chicken pens - you are limited by your own imagination. Originally a party trick among friends, it soon took flight online and now there’s even a Frozen Chook Facebook page, which has more than 1,000 followers. Try it if you dare, just not in public in Singapore – we’re pretty sure you’d get arrested.

Photos: Frozen Chook Facebook

Tourists flee when NEW glass bridge cracks
Tourists flee when NEW glass bridge cracks
09 Oct 2015

Tourists flee when NEW glass bridge cracks

Tourists were left fleeing in horror on Monday (Oct 5) when a two-week old glass bridge at Henan’s Yuntai Mountain shattered beneath their feet. A man who shared his experience on Weibo said he heard a “sudden bang and vibrations under my feet” when he was on the 3,540 feet high U-shaped glass platform.

Park officials said the cracks occurred after a woman dropped a steel cup on the walkway, adding that only one out of three layers of glass broke (how reassuring!). Tourists were evacuated after the incident and the attraction has since been closed for repairs.

Cyclops baby born with one eye in middle of forehead
Cyclops baby born with one eye in middle of forehead
09 Oct 2015

Cyclops baby born with one eye in middle of forehead

An Egyptian baby boy has been born with one eye in the middle of his forehead and no nose. The medical condition known as Cyclopia occurs when the eye sockets do not form correctly in the womb and is more common in animals. The baby was also born with other deformities which doctors think could be the result of a combination of medicines taken by the mother or from exposure to radiation. Sadly, he is not expected to survive more than a few days.

Coffins float in floodwaters after South Carolina hurricane
Coffins float in floodwaters after South Carolina hurricane
09 Oct 2015

Coffins float in floodwaters after South Carolina hurricane

Waist-high floodwaters and devastation weren’t the only things South Carolina residents have to deal with after Hurricane Joaquin swept the state over the weekend. Caskets have been spotted floating around in flooded cemeteries after they were unearthed from their final resting place by South Carolina’s worst storm in 1,000 years. Though the caskets have since been removed, there are still health concerns as floodwaters can spread toxic chemicals used for embalming. Residents have also been warned not to let children play in the flood water due to bacteria.

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