Weird news of the week (Nov 7-13)

Man marries sex doll, 'whitening' salmon sperm soap, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Man with cancer marries sex doll to fulfill wedding dream
Man with cancer marries sex doll to fulfill wedding dream
13 Nov 2015

Man with cancer marries sex doll to fulfill wedding dream

A Chinese man who has been diagnosed terminal cancer has married a sex doll because he doesn’t want to leave behind a grieving widow. The 28-year-old man wanted to experience the full splendor of a wedding even had wedding portraits taken with his “bride”, complete with make-up artist and several gown changes. Shots of the couple embracing and enjoying their first dance as newlyweds were just some of the photos that went viral. While some netizens dismissed it as a marketing stunt, others said the dying groom chose to marry an inflatable doll “in order not to hurt other people’s feelings”. 

Motorbike taxi app to hire drivers based on body odour test
Motorbike taxi app to hire drivers based on body odour test
13 Nov 2015

Motorbike taxi app to hire drivers based on body odour test

Indonesian motorbike taxi drivers had better drown themselves in deodorant if they want to carry on in this industry. UberJEK, a new app-based motorbike taxi (locally known as ojek) booking service in Jakarta, has pledged to hire drivers who pass a body odour test after hearing many complaints from customers. The company’s website of the company features a picture of a man sniffing another's armpit under the caption: "Sorry, if you have smelly armpits, you cannot be an UberJEK rider". The test will be conducted for “customers' satisfaction” as there have been many complaints about drivers' foul-smelling body odour," said UberJEK’s founder. 

Salmon sperm soap is the new kid on the skin-whitening block
Salmon sperm soap is the new kid on the skin-whitening block
13 Nov 2015

Salmon sperm soap is the new kid on the skin-whitening block

Following the “chlorine soap” beauty craze, another dubious soap hoping to cash in on Thai women’s obsession with fair skin has hit the market. Salmon sperm soap, which advertises itself as a skin bleaching product, claims to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), though the FDA says otherwise and will investigate if the product is legally registered. Widely sold on social media for just 50 baht (around S$2) a bar, merchants claim the salmon sperm is more effective than vitamin C and collagen. 

Want a man bun? Now you can buy one.
Want a man bun? Now you can buy one.
13 Nov 2015

Want a man bun? Now you can buy one.

Just when we thought the man bun trend was dying, someone went to invent clip-ons and you can buy them on Groupon in the US (more than 5,000 people have already done so. We kid you not). Priced at US$9.99, down from a ridiculous US$65, the clip-on man bun is the perfect solution for guys who want to try the up-do favoured by the likes of Desmond Tan, David Beckham and scores of hipster bros but are too impatient to grow their hair out. The detachable buns are made of artificial hair and come in three colors, black, brown and blonde. If you are tempted to give the trend a go, we’re sorry to break the news to you that Groupon doesn’t ship outside the US. But the good news is, we are pretty sure a cheaper version will be available on Taobao before we can say the words “man bun”.  

Girl refuses to answer maths problem because it violated
Girl refuses to answer maths problem because it violated "girl code"
13 Nov 2015

Girl refuses to answer maths problem because it violated "girl code"

This girl’s mum sure taught her well. A nine-year-old Iowa student would rather forgo some marks than to answer a maths question that violated the “girl code”. Maddy Douglas was doing her homework when she came across a question about the dating patterns of a group of high schoolers. Her answer? “I can’t answer this problem because my mum says according to girl code you shouldn’t date a friend’s ex-boyfriend.”

Clearly proud of Maddy’s “loyalty”, her mother shared a photo of the question on Facebook with the caption: "My daughter's answer a problem on her 4TH GRADE math problem last night. #girlcodetrumpscommoncore.” The post quickly gained attention and many questioned whether the problem was age appropriate. As for Maddy’s teacher, well she saw the funny side in the answer and reportedly told Maddy: “Good point”.

HK billionaire splashes US$48.4m on diamond for 7-year-old daughter
HK billionaire splashes US$48.4m on diamond for 7-year-old daughter
13 Nov 2015

HK billionaire splashes US$48.4m on diamond for 7-year-old daughter

We know diamonds are a girl’s best friend but is this really necessary? A Hong Kong billionaire spent a record US$48.4 million (S$68.5 million) on a rare 12.03-carat diamond for his seven-year-old daughter. Property tycoon Joseph Lau bought the rock, dubbed “Blue Moon”, at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva on Wednesday and renamed it “The Blue Moon of Josephine”, after his daughter. The sale comes the day after he splashed US$28.5 million (S$41 million) on a 16.08-carat pink diamond from rival auction house Christie's, which he named "Sweet Josephine". 

Lau, who has a fortune estimated by Forbes at US$9.8 billion, was convicted of corruption in Macau last year. He was sentenced to more than five years in prison but has remained a free man by avoiding travel to Macau.

Japanese restaurant Macho Café is the Hooters for women
Japanese restaurant Macho Café is the Hooters for women
13 Nov 2015

Japanese restaurant Macho Café is the Hooters for women

Remember the restaurant in China that made waves for its sexy wait staff? Well, there’s a new Tokyo restaurant where the beefcakes (men, not food) are the order of the day. Called Macho Café, the restaurant is run by Macho 29, a group of buff Japanese guys who entertain and cook while flexing their muscles. For US$4 (S$6), you can get a 15-minute conversation with your chosen beefcake and for US$27 (£40) you can enjoy the 'Wall of Meat' - where the men dance around you - as you eat. Though Macho Café is only open sporadically, that hasn’t stopped the ladies from coming back for more. And we’re pretty sure it is not for the food. 

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