Weird news of the week (Oct 10-16)

A 'goddess teacher’ goes viral, an airline’s bizarre initiation ritual is exposed, and more of this week’s oddest news. 

China ‘goddess teacher’ becomes Internet sensation
China ‘goddess teacher’ becomes Internet sensation
16 Oct 2015

China ‘goddess teacher’ becomes Internet sensation

University tutor Xu Dongxiang has become an Internet star in China after photos of her teaching and working out went viral. The 23-year-old part-time model is believed to be an acting teacher in Dalian Polytechnic University and has been dubbed “goddess teacher” by netizens.

Dongxiang, who posts selfies and modelling photos regularly under the handle “Xuduoyuer”, saw her Weibo followers soar after images of her teaching in class and doing a “perfect plank” were uploaded in June. The fitness junkie sparked public interest again in recent weeks after posting photos of herself working out in the gym and cycling in tight fitting sportswear. Earlier this year, maths lecturer Pietro Boselli became famous after his students posted his photos online.

Cabin crew forced into overhead luggage compartment as “rite of passage”
Cabin crew forced into overhead luggage compartment as “rite of passage”
16 Oct 2015

Cabin crew forced into overhead luggage compartment as “rite of passage”

If you thought the initiation ritual you had to go through at your college or university dorm was bad, wait till you see what new flight attendants at Kunming Airlines are subjected to. Over the weekend, photos of cabin crew being forced into overhead luggage compartments on aircrafts went viral after they were published on social media. The post alleged that almost all newbies had to go through this bizarre ritual as a “rite of passage” after completing 30 to 50 hours service.

Though the ritual has reportedly been going on for nearly five years, Kunming Airlines said it was unaware of the bullying and had never received any complaints from cabin crew. The airline has promised to put a stop to it and hold accountable those behind the scandal. 

Woman hides knife in hair so she can take it on flight
Woman hides knife in hair so she can take it on flight
16 Oct 2015

Woman hides knife in hair so she can take it on flight

A Chinese woman wanted to take fruit knife on board a flight so bad that she tried smuggling it in her hair. The woman used the 9cm-long knife to secure her hair bun as she walked through the metal detector at a Kunming airport on Oct 6 but her trick was exposed when the alarm went off. The passenger, who was heading to Nanning, had bought a lot of fruit and wanted to eat some while waiting for her flight, so she hid it in her hair and told officers it was an accessory. Unsurprisingly, they did not buy her story and confiscated the item.

Man kills wife and walks down street with severed head
Man kills wife and walks down street with severed head
16 Oct 2015

Man kills wife and walks down street with severed head

An Indian man has been arrested for killing and decapitating his wife after he suspected she was having an affair with their son-in-law. Videos and photos of the 53-year-old man casually walking down a busy street in Pune, clutching her head in one hand and an axe in the other were widely circulated on social media. The man, who appeared to be headed to the police station, was accosted by police and arrested after they were alerted by passers-by. Police suspect he is mentally unstable and are seeking more information.

Half-eaten sashimi comes back to life
Half-eaten sashimi comes back to life
16 Oct 2015

Half-eaten sashimi comes back to life

Diners got a fright of their lives when the fresh sashimi they were enjoying came back to life. In a video, the half-eaten fish, with its flesh sliced but head and tail still intact, is seen lying on the plate. After twitching its tail and fin for more than 15 seconds, it leapt off the plate and onto the table, sending diners screaming and running away. Earlier this week, a “zombie” fish also came back to life in a Chinese restaurant despite being butchered and cooked in sauce. Guess I won’t be having curry fish head any time soon.

Woman cuts off boy’s penis because he disturbed her sleep
Woman cuts off boy’s penis because he disturbed her sleep
16 Oct 2015

Woman cuts off boy’s penis because he disturbed her sleep

A woman reportedly severed a six-year-old boy’s penis and several fingers because he disturbed her sleep. The woman, surnamed Liu, was staying at a relative’s home in Hunan on Oct 11 when the boy, who was a neighbour, ran into her room when several times when she was sleeping. Annoyed, she allegedly took a knife and scissors and stabbed him, severing his penis and several fingers. She later went back to sleep before fleeing the scene.

The boy is currently recovering from his injuries but doctors may not be able to reattach his body parts. His penis, which the woman had reportedly hidden, could not be found. Liu, whose family claims has schizophrenia, has been arrested.

Woman blocks CCTV cameras to hide illegal U-turn
Woman blocks CCTV cameras to hide illegal U-turn
16 Oct 2015

Woman blocks CCTV cameras to hide illegal U-turn

A woman went through all the trouble to cover up two CCTV cameras on an expressway in Zhejiang just so her son could make an illegal U-turn without being caught. According to reports, the pair found themselves heading in the wrong direction last Wednesday but feared they will be penalised for making the illegal turn so the woman covered two cameras with some clothing. CCTV footage showed that after about three minutes, the clothing were removed and the vehicle had already turned around. However, their actions were caught on a third camera nearby and the driver was eventually fined 200 yuan (around S$45) and given 12 demerit points.
 

McDonald’s China launches grey burger
McDonald’s China launches grey burger
16 Oct 2015

McDonald’s China launches grey burger

After a rose burger by KFC China and a black Halloween Whopper by Burger King, the latest coloured burger to tickle the curiosity of fast-food lovers is the limited edition grey Modern China Burger. Having experimented with black and white bunned burgers in the past, I guess the next obvious step was to introduce a grey one. Made with black sesame, the buns resemble slabs of stone and don’t look too appetizing. But what really got us scratching our heads was the name. How is a grey pork burger representative of modern China? Maybe the grey buns represent the clouds of smog?

‘Toxic’ running tracks blamed for Jiangsu students’ illness
‘Toxic’ running tracks blamed for Jiangsu students’ illness
16 Oct 2015

‘Toxic’ running tracks blamed for Jiangsu students’ illness

Running tracks containing “toxic” materials at schools in China’s Jiangsu province are allegedly making students ill. According to local reports, more than a dozen students from a Suzhou elementary school suffered from nosebleeds, rashes and dizziness in September after using the new track. There were also similar claims from schools in Wuxi, Nanjing and Changzhou. Experts suspect plastic materials containing lead compounds might have been used in construction to cut costs. Some schools have ordered the removal of the tracks. Prolonged exposure to these harmful materials could cause “severe poisoning” and lead to male infertility, said reports.

Robbers steal 230 pints of ice cream from NY store
Robbers steal 230 pints of ice cream from NY store
16 Oct 2015

Robbers steal 230 pints of ice cream from NY store

Five robbers helped themselves to more than 230 pints of ice cream when they raided a Manhattan drug store’s freezer just before 5pm last Friday (Oct 9). The suspects stuffed 226 pints of Haagen-Dazs ice cream and six tubs of Delish brand ice cream into their backpacks and ran off. Though employees did not disclose what flavours were stolen, police said the suspects got away with US$1,310 worth of ice cream – that’s A LOT of ice cream to be stuffing in backpacks! The robbers must have been having a really bad day or a massive sweet tooth.

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