Weird news of the week (Dec 5-11)

#Riceballbabies meme sweeps Japan, a saliva facial goes viral, and more of this week’s oddest news. 

Squishing babies’ faces is all the rage in Japan
Squishing babies’ faces is all the rage in Japan
11 Dec 2015

Squishing babies’ faces is all the rage in Japan

There’s a whole lot of cuteness making the rounds on the Internet in Japan. Parents in Japan have taken to squeezing their babies’ faces to make them look like an adorable little rice ball, or onigiri, and sharing the photos online. The trend started when Japanese comedian Masahiro Ehara tweeted a series of pictures of his kids’ squished faces in June. The super adorable photos went viral for obvious reasons and soon netizens started “rice ballifying” their kids. Even the cute Choo Sarang (middle top) from popular Korean variety show Return of Superman as well as pets and grown-ups have found themselves the subject of the trend. Now if only I can get my hands on a chubby baby’s face...

Beautician spits on customer’s face during facial
Beautician spits on customer’s face during facial
11 Dec 2015

Beautician spits on customer’s face during facial

Not only do we have to worry about chefs and waiters spitting into our food, now we have to beware of beauticians too. A facial therapist has been filmed spitting on her customer's face multiple times and smearing it into his skin. In the video, the beautician is seen giving the thumbs up before unleashing a blob of saliva on to her customer’s forehead. The man, who had his eyes closed, was none the wiser. The shocking video was uploaded on All Singapore Stuff’s Facebook page on Tuesday (Dec 8) but it is unclear if it was taken in Singapore. 

Netizens bid farewell to Instagram tree
Netizens bid farewell to Instagram tree
11 Dec 2015

Netizens bid farewell to Instagram tree

Singaporeans aren’t known to be treehuggers but when the Housing Development Board (HDB) announced that the iconic Punggol tree will be removed next Wednesday (Dec 16), netizens took to Instagram to post photos and bid their farewells to the tree. Affectionally dubbed the #InstagramTree online, HDB said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that arborists have certified the tree dead after being struck by lightning in July. It also advised visitors to stay away from the tree as parts of it have been falling off without warning. The tree is so popular that it has its own location tag and has more than 1,500 photos under its dedicated hashtag.  

Chinese mum offers sex bribe to US customs officer
Chinese mum offers sex bribe to US customs officer
11 Dec 2015

Chinese mum offers sex bribe to US customs officer

A Chinese woman has been charged with offering sex to a US customs officer at the JFK airport in New York after she was caught red handed with undeclared luxury goods valued at US$160,000. When Hong Yang, 55, arrived in the city last July, several undeclared items, including designer bags, watches, and a fur coat were found in her luggage. Hong Yang reportedly attempted to bribe the officer with a note with her name and phone number on it, and offered to throw in a watch and US$10,000 if he turned a blind eye to the goods. The officer then left and when he returned with a hidden recording device, Hong Yang offered to “sleep with” him and take him to China if he allowed them to pass through.

Although she was allowed to leave the airport without any charges made, she was arrested when she attempted to leave the US last weekend. She has been charged with customs fraud and is currently on bail of US$250,000.

Malaysia airport posts ad to find owners of abandoned planes
Malaysia airport posts ad to find owners of abandoned planes
11 Dec 2015

Malaysia airport posts ad to find owners of abandoned planes

Looks like the Malaysian airport authorities have gotten a tad impatient of seeing some unclaimed items that have been sitting on the tarmac. Airport officials placed ads in local newspapers on Monday (Dec 7) asking the owners of three jets that have been abandoned at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for more than a year to pick up their planes.

According to the ad, the planes are parked at three separate bays at KLIA, and warned that the double decker jets would be sold or disposed of if they are not claimed within 14 days. Malaysia Airports general manager Zainol Mohd Isa said the airport has attempted to contact the last-known owners of the planes, adding that they are not Malaysian.

Speaking of airports…

Tourists play badminton at HK airport while waiting for flight
Tourists play badminton at HK airport while waiting for flight
11 Dec 2015

Tourists play badminton at HK airport while waiting for flight

An elderly couple turned the departure gate at the Hong Kong airport into a badminton court while waiting for their flight last Thursday (Dec 3). The shuttlers, believed to be Chinese, were seen enjoying a game of badminton while waiting for their flight to Xi’an and photos of them passing their time have been making the rounds on the Internet.

While this is mild compared to some of the airport shenanigans their compatriots have been guilty of (remember this guy who decided to cook dinner and this lady and her unmentionables?), some netizens have slammed their actions and others even criticised airport security for turning a blind eye to the game. As for us, we can’t help but wonder why the couple was travelling with badminton rackets and shuttlecock.

Man throws fit on flight after being denied seat upgrade
Man throws fit on flight after being denied seat upgrade
11 Dec 2015

Man throws fit on flight after being denied seat upgrade

A Chinese man has been arrested for throwing a fit aboard a United Airlines flight to New York on Sunday after his request for a seat upgrade was denied. Just before take-off from Shanghai, Lu Yong was caught sneaking into first class and when he was forced back to cattle class, he caused a commotion and protested by lying down in the aisle.

When police arrived to escort him off the plane, he turned violent, kicking and injuring three officers. With the help of passengers, police finally managed secure his hands with cable ties and dragged him off the plane. According to Chinese media reports, Lu Yong is an assistant professor at Penn State University. He was also heard shouting to police that he is an American citizen, not Chinese.

Sponge found in Haagen-Dazs milkshake in HK
Sponge found in Haagen-Dazs milkshake in HK
11 Dec 2015

Sponge found in Haagen-Dazs milkshake in HK

First there were teeth in sushi, then a cockroach in Chinese sausage, and now a kitchen sponge has been found in a Haagen-Daze milkshake. A Hong Kong woman, identified only as Fan, had bought the shake from a Tsim Sha Tsui outlet for her daughter in late November. When they got home, the teen complained that the drink tasted salty and they discovered a green object resembling a sponge in it, said media reports.

The store was given a clean bill of health after an inspection by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and Haagen-Dazs believes this is an isolated incident. Apparently, so does Fan. In addition to the HK$1,000 (S$185) in supermarket vouchers she was offered as compensation, she requested for a 50 per cent discount on all Haagen-Dazs products for the rest of her life.
 

You can now buy SLICED CHOCOLATE
You can now buy SLICED CHOCOLATE
11 Dec 2015

You can now buy SLICED CHOCOLATE

Sandwiches will never be the same again. Japanese company Bourbon, which specialises in chocolate and other confections, has developed sliced chocolate that looks like cheddar cheese slices you put on your sandwiches. Made of “nama chocolate", a rich, creamy confectionery, they can be used for desserts and hors d’oeuvres. and are available in supermarkets in Japan as well as online at Bourbon’s store. So when is someone coming out with peanut butter and jelly slices? 

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