Weird news of the week (Jan 2-8)

Cockroach swimming in Jollibean soymilk, things Chinese expectant mothers do to delay births, and more of this week’s oddest news. 

Woman outraged to find cockroach in Jollibean soymilk
Woman outraged to find cockroach in Jollibean soymilk
08 Jan 2016

Woman outraged to find cockroach in Jollibean soymilk

A woman got a rude shock when she found a baby cockroach in the banana soymilk she bought from a Jollibean outlet at Lavendar MRT station in mid-December last year, but that wasn’t the only thing that got her miffed. According to an article on All Singapore Stuff website, Kim Ang said she was sipping her drink when “something was caught in my tongue”. Initially, she thought it was some bits of banana skin but it turned out to be a 1cm-long cockroach. The outlet manager, known only as Daniel, apologised to Kim and said the company would carry out an investigation. He also offered Kim S$100 worth of NTUC vouchers as compensation, however as of Wednesday (Jan 6), Kim has yet to receive them due to multiple no-shows and no contact by Daniel.

Furious by the way the situation was handled, Kim took to the Internet to share her experience: “Never had the intention of posting it online but I feel that it's too much. Talking about sincerity Jollibean? Sorry, I feel that you guys have no sincerity and probably you guys took me on a ride.”

According to a Channel 8 news report, Jollibean conducted an investigation and found no traces of cockroach at the outlet. The company added that it had offered Kim the shopping vouchers as a show of thanks for her support, though it admitted that it had been negligent in communication and apologised for the inconvenience caused.

Speaking of unexpected ingredients…

Photo: Kim Ang

Customer hits out at McDonald’s for mouldy burger
Customer hits out at McDonald’s for mouldy burger
08 Jan 2016

Customer hits out at McDonald’s for mouldy burger

A McDonald’s customer was outraged to find a burger she ordered from the fast-food chain came with “a side of mould”. Rebecca Hantzis, who purchased the gourmet burger from a McDonald's branch in Sydney, posted the image on Facebook on Tuesday with the caption “Create your own McDonald's with a side of mould. How disgusting is this...”

Apparently, Rebecca’s burger wasn’t the only one that was looking a little spotty. When the 23-year-old’s boyfriend took the burger back to the counter, he noticed another mouldy one ready to be served. McDonald's Australia said they are investigating the issue, and will respond to the complaint within 10 days.

Chinese mothers go to extreme lengths to delay births of second child
Chinese mothers go to extreme lengths to delay births of second child
08 Jan 2016

Chinese mothers go to extreme lengths to delay births of second child

Many pregnant women in China have reportedly taken extreme measures to delay the birth of their second child to avoid a hefty 500,000 yuan (about S$110,000) fine under the one-child policy, which was abolished starting this year. In Hangzhou, a woman, who was expected to go into labour on Dec 26, remained motionless for five days in order to delay the birth of her daughter. She eventually gave birth on Jan 2.

Taking a less drastic approach was Mrs Yang (pictured) from Fujian. The mother, who had been experiencing cramps since Dec 27, was monitored around the clock to prevent the baby from being born "ahead of time”. Her daughter was delivered on Jan 1 and has been nicknamed “Little Bawan” as she saved the family 80,000 yuan (S$15,000) - the amount they would have been fined had she been born in 2015.

Photo via Shanghaiist.com

Bollywood actress shames plane passenger for watching pirated film
Bollywood actress shames plane passenger for watching pirated film
08 Jan 2016

Bollywood actress shames plane passenger for watching pirated film

A plane passenger has been shamed for watching a pirated version of Bollywood movie Diwale during a flight to Delhi last week - and the person who exposed him was none other than the movie’s lead actress, who was just sitting behind him. Awkward. Apparently the man dug his own grave by using an iPhone projector to watch Diwale, which had only been released in theatres ten day earlier. Annoyed, actress Kriti Sanon took to Twitter to rant to her followers: “Someone watchin pirated version of Diwale in front of me in the flight! Annoyed! #SayNoToPiracy (sic)”. Kriti added that she had tried confronting the man but he was “busy showing off his projector”.

Photo: Twitter

Facebook removes photo of Denmark’s Little Mermaid for breaking ‘nudity rules’
Facebook removes photo of Denmark’s Little Mermaid for breaking ‘nudity rules’
08 Jan 2016

Facebook removes photo of Denmark’s Little Mermaid for breaking ‘nudity rules’

Looks like one Denmark’s most popular tourist attractions is too NSFW for Facebook. On Jan 2, local politician Mette Gjerskov posted a link to her blog, which included a photo of the Little Mermaid statue, depicting a nude woman. However shortly after being published, Facebook removed her post as it contained "too much bare skin or sexual undertones". Mette described the decision as "ludicrous”, adding that “I didn't see it coming that our national treasure would be categorised in line with child pornography and other such abominations.” Facebook has since reinstated her post.

Photo: Wikipedia/Avda-berlin

Dog sneaks into luggage, flies to Japan undetected
Dog sneaks into luggage, flies to Japan undetected
08 Jan 2016

Dog sneaks into luggage, flies to Japan undetected

A Schnauzer wanted to join his owner on his winter vacation so bad that it snuck into a suitcase and flew all the way from Hong Kong to Japan in a suitcase on December 28. According to Hong Kong media reports, when the dog’s owner arrived in Hokkaido, he received a text message from his mother-in-law that his dog had gone missing. Suspicious, he checked his suitcase and found the Schnauzer inside. While it is fair to assume that the dog had snuck into the suitcase before the owner shut it, many netizens (us included) are baffled as to how the pet managed to get past customs inspectors at both airports undetected. Too bad the dog wasn’t able to stay for the rest of the trip. It was flown back to Hong Kong two days later.

Photos of passengers posing with ‘gun’ on plane go viral
Photos of passengers posing with ‘gun’ on plane go viral
08 Jan 2016

Photos of passengers posing with ‘gun’ on plane go viral

Shocking photos of three plane passengers posing with what looks like a gun have caused a stir on social media in China. First shared by a user called Tingjiping on WeChat on Jan 3, the photos were said to be taken on a plane at Beijing Capital International Airport, though it is unclear which airline they were flying with. The images have led to a heated debate online with netizens speculating what the “gun” could be. Some said it was a prop, while others suspect it was a laptop battery. An airport official said they did not receive any reports on the matter and that the incident is under investigation.

Dog shreds cash that man hid from wife
Dog shreds cash that man hid from wife
08 Jan 2016

Dog shreds cash that man hid from wife

Looks like someone’s not getting any extra treats this week. A sneaky man who hid money from his wife in a duvet, was devastated when he found the dog that he was pet-sitting for a friend had shredded them to pieces. According to media reports, the dog, Hali, chewed away 3,800 yuan (S$830) when the couple were sleeping. When he woke up, he saw the dog in the spare room staring at him with its puppy dog eyes and beside it the ripped up duvet and notes. When asked about the cash, the husband confessed that it was actually his money that he had been secretly hiding. Thankfully instead of getting angry, the wife was amused at the situation.

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