Weird news of the week (Nov 28 - Dec 4)

A booby Internet craze sweeps China, a passenger steals life jacket as souvenir, and more of this week’s oddest news. 

New Internet craze sees women copping a feel
New Internet craze sees women copping a feel
04 Dec 2015

New Internet craze sees women copping a feel

Forget the belly button challenge. Now women in China are reaching to touch their boobs to see if they are buxom. The new social media challenge which started circulating last week, has seen thousands posting pictures of themselves attempting to grab their breasts from behind their backs. If she succeeds, she is considered buxom. Apparently, the breast-grab challenge first appeared online in June but was overshadowed by the belly button challenge. It re-emerged last week and quickly took the Internet by storm.

Puppies dyed to make them look like tiger cubs
Puppies dyed to make them look like tiger cubs
04 Dec 2015

Puppies dyed to make them look like tiger cubs

They look like tiger cubs from afar but when you get closer, you’d realise the unusual animals are actually puppies with their fur dyed. Unethical sellers in Chongqing have been found to endanger the lives of the adorable canines by dying them with toxic ink and claiming they are a “valuable rare breed”. Though cute, veterinary experts have warned that the puppies could die within a week if high quality dye isn’t used. The pooches can lick their fur and ingest the toxic ink, leading to chronic illness and death.

Singapore online store slammed for using “rape us now” in ad
Singapore online store slammed for using “rape us now” in ad
04 Dec 2015

Singapore online store slammed for using “rape us now” in ad

Singapore has made headlines overseas for the wrong reasons again. Online fashion retailer SuperGurl was on Monday slammed for using the phrase “rape us now” as part of its Black Friday promotion on its website. The offensive term was used on a web banner, accompanied by a photo of a woman in a suggestive pose. Unsurprisingly, netizens were outraged by the phrase, calling it “vile, inappropriate and disgusting”, and the gaffe even caught the attention of foreign media.

SuperGurl’s founder and creative director, Jordus Lim, issued an apology on their store’s Facebook page and said: “As the director of the company, I have failed to review my Graphic Designer’s work before approving the image to be displayed on our site. I hereby acknowledge that we have made a mistake, and that our caption does not advocate the right values to the young women community today.”

Passenger steals plane life jacket as souvenir
Passenger steals plane life jacket as souvenir
04 Dec 2015

Passenger steals plane life jacket as souvenir

A Chinese woman has been fined HK$2,000 (S$365) for stealing a life jacket from a Cathay Pacific flight as a souvenir. The 63-year-old woman had arrived in Hong Kong from Taipei on Monday and was making her connecting flight to Xi’an when security personnel spotted a life jacket while scanning her luggage and arrested her. The elderly woman claimed that she did not know it was against the law to take the life jacket and was unable to pay the fine as she only had NT$100 (S$5) on her. But after she was told that she could serve a one-week sentence instead, she managed to raise the money and was released on Tuesday.

Kids dunked in cow dung for good luck
Kids dunked in cow dung for good luck
04 Dec 2015

Kids dunked in cow dung for good luck

WARNING: Do not read this when you are eating

Scores of parents in the village of Betul in India have been dunking their children in cow dung to keep them free from ailments. Though gross, cow urine and dung are believed to have medicinal properties and locals wait their turn to roll their little ones in manure. They also believe that the purity of the dung will bring the kids good luck. The unusual tradition, which has been followed for centuries, is practiced a day after Diwali. In the weeks leading up to the festival, villagers collect manure and store it in piles, and everyone takes a turn until all the children get the dip.

Parents abandon daughter after she breaks a bottle in shop
Parents abandon daughter after she breaks a bottle in shop
04 Dec 2015

Parents abandon daughter after she breaks a bottle in shop

A three-year-old girl was abandoned by her parents after she accidentally broke a water bottle in a shop in Chengdu, China. The shop owner had asked her parents to pay 25 yuan (S$5.60) for the broken item but they refused, scolding and hitting the child before leaving her behind. After several hours, the shop owner got worried and called the police, who picked up the girl. They eventually tracked down the parents but they were “too tired” to pick up their daughter, leaving officers no choice but to send her home. Even after arriving at the home, it took the mother, identified as Xiao, an hour to come downstairs to pick her up. Xiao told the police that she had left her daughter to teach her a lesson.

Chinese artist makes brick from Beijing dust
Chinese artist makes brick from Beijing dust
04 Dec 2015

Chinese artist makes brick from Beijing dust

At least something good came out of the smog situation in Beijing. A Chinese artist, nicknamed “Nut Brother”, has made a brick out of dust collected from the city’s densely polluted air. For 100 days, Nut Brother has been wandering the streets of Beijing with an industrial vacuum cleaner, collecting dust particles from the air and reportedly collected about 100 grams of “dust and smog” at the end of the project. He mixed the dust with clay and made a brick that he plans to give to a construction site to be used to build a new building in Beijing.

Nut Brother came up with the idea after reading about reports of the air quality in Beijing. By making a brick, he hopes that more people will start reflecting on the way they use natural resources.

Woman horrified to find cockroach in Chinese sausage
Woman horrified to find cockroach in Chinese sausage
04 Dec 2015

Woman horrified to find cockroach in Chinese sausage

A Hong Kong woman got a rude shock when she bit into a cockroach-stuffed Chinese sausage on Saturday (Nov 28). The woman, identified as Mrs Chan, who steamed the lup cheong in a rice cooker, noticed a black spot in the sausage when she bit into it. Curious, she cut it and realised the “spot” was part of a 3cm-long roach, the rest of which she had presumably swallowed. Thankfully, Chan did not suffer any side effects from eating the contaminated sausage and was glad she did not serve it to her daughter. The China-made sausage has been collected by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for examination, and a report is expected in around two weeks.

SMRT bus driver suspended for giving motorist the finger
SMRT bus driver suspended for giving motorist the finger
04 Dec 2015

SMRT bus driver suspended for giving motorist the finger

Public transport operator SMRT has suspended one of its bus captains after he was caught on camera making a rude gesture. The photo, which showed the bus driver slipping the birdie, was posted on social media by Facebook user Alan Yap on Wednesday (Dec 2). 

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