Weird news of the week (Jan 30 - Feb 5)

China’s “snake boy” incurs wrath of Singaporeans, cute “pandas” cause a stir, and more of this week’s oddest news.

China’s “snake boy” causes online furore for berating Singaporeans
China’s “snake boy” causes online furore for berating Singaporeans
05 Feb 2016

China’s “snake boy” causes online furore for berating Singaporeans

Remember “snake boy”? Chinese model Liu Zichen, who became an Internet sensation for his bizarre looks and disturbing naked selfies, is now causing an online furore after uploading several posts on Facebook berating Singaporeans. While it is unclear what triggered the posts, he said Singaporeans are “arrogant” just because they “know a bit of English” and that he looks down on them.

“Listen here, Singaporeans. Do not think that just because you know a bit of English means you are high class. I can’t speak English but I am of a higher class than you are. You can’t even speak your own Chinese mother tongue and there you go speaking in English. I despise Singaporeans. Get lost!” wrote the 19-year-old on Wednesday (Feb 3).

In a second post which has since been removed, Zichen said: “Singaporeans are really silly, telling me not to go to their country. Are they awake? Who would want to go to such a ‘low’ place? I love Malaysians and Taiwanese the most now and hate Singaporeans who try to act rich.”

Zichen’s Facebook post has since gone viral with more than 5,600 shares and 4,000 comments on Thursday, mostly by Singaporeans giving him a piece of their mind. Wrote Alvin Koh: “We can speak both languages and not just English… Maybe ask yourself why don't you go and learn English instead of being sour grapes? Don’t understand? You are dumb...”

“You know what's more powerful than all these words mocking you? It's when Singaporeans are united! We are proud of our language and our culture, we don't need such pr**k like you to tell us that we are of a lower class than you, we know ourselves better with our rich multi-racial culture here... Everyone has the right to speak their own language and have their own beliefs," said Ai Wei Moh.

“We may be cursing and swearing at you, but we are proud of our country for having Singlish as something unique. Do you even have?! So you're saying that we are speaking that bit of English and it makes us high class? Thank you for that but you should think again if in future you'd wanna learn English for your own good and for PROPER COMMUNICATION WITH EVERYONE ELSE WHO CAN SPEAK"

Cute “pandas” cause stir along Orchard Rd
Cute “pandas” cause stir along Orchard Rd
05 Feb 2016

Cute “pandas” cause stir along Orchard Rd

Watch out Kai Kai and Jia Jia, you have some serious competition! Three cute “pandas” caused a stir when they were spotted along Orchard Road last Saturday (Jan 30). A video of the pandas out on a stroll with their owner, Meng Jiang, was posted on Facebook user Natri Nut’s page on Sunday and has since gone viral.

Apparently, the pandas are Chow Chows which were dyed – using organic dye, no less - to look like pandas. Named TuDou, YuMi, and DouDou, the pooch models “live an amazingly happy life in Sentosa” and can be leased for photoshoots and events. While most gushed about how adorable the pups are, some netizens have slammed the owners for “abusing” the dogs, even labelling them “attention seekers” for parading them on the streets to make headlines and promote their business.

“A true dog lover will never subject their dogs to such imitation and ‘cosplay’ ... speak only of how freakishly stupid and showoff the owners of these dogs are!” wrote Pat Yau.

“It's actually a form of animal abuse to dye their fur,” said Emilyn Lu on Facebook. Though the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore said the use of safe, non-toxic food dyes is "unlikely" to cause harm to the dogs, it is looking into the case to "ensure that animal welfare is not compromised."

Photos: Meng Jiang/Facebook and Pandachowchows/Instagram

Woman takes a dump in HK subway station
Woman takes a dump in HK subway station
05 Feb 2016

Woman takes a dump in HK subway station

A woman was photographed taking a dump inside Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui subway station on Monday (Feb 1) night, in full view of shocked commuters. A passenger surnamed Wong, who unfortunately witnessed the incident, told Apple Daily that he saw a middle-aged woman squatting with her pants pulled down to her thighs and on the ground was a piece of paper with faeces on it. He suspects she is from China as she was speaking to her companion in Mandarin.

Wong said he was shocked at how nonchalant the woman appeared to be, as though it was natural to be pooping in public. She also appeared to be oblivious to the stares by passersby. Subway operator MTR Corp said station workers immediately went to the scene to stop the woman, who “cleaned up” shortly afterward and left.
 

S'pore Island Country Club offers ‘poverty simulation’ programme for members
S'pore Island Country Club offers ‘poverty simulation’ programme for members
05 Feb 2016

S'pore Island Country Club offers ‘poverty simulation’ programme for members

Some of Singapore’s richest will soon have a chance to see life from the perspective of those living on the poverty line, through a poverty simulation exercise workshop. The workshop by voluntary welfare organisation Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) was advertised in the Singapore Island Country Club members magazine and will be held next month for members, reported TODAY. Participants will be called upon to role-play and manage challenging scenarios, like supporting a family and making ends meet on a meagre income while juggling health issues. An MWS spokesperson said the programme aims to stir compassion and nudge participants towards doing more for the community.


Photo: TODAY 

Australian man disgusted to find lung in KFC meal
Australian man disgusted to find lung in KFC meal
05 Feb 2016

Australian man disgusted to find lung in KFC meal

A man was left disgusted after biting into a chicken lung in his KFC meal on Tuesday (Feb 2). Marc Nicholls from the Gold Coast told Daily Mail Australia he thought he had chomped on chicken breast and nearly swallowed the grey, brain-like flesh. “It was absolutely vile,” he said, adding that he spat out the offal and threw the meal away. According to KFC, the flesh was most likely a chicken lung or kidney that was mistakenly not removed during preparation of the food and did not pose a health risk.

Woman finds herself the ONLY passenger on flight
Woman finds herself the ONLY passenger on flight
05 Feb 2016

Woman finds herself the ONLY passenger on flight

The Chinese New Year travel rush, when millions in China head home for the holidays, is often a torturous experience. However, one lucky woman was given the rockstar treatment when she found herself the only passenger onboard a China Southern Airlines flight from Wuhan to Guangzhou on Sunday (Jan 31). The passenger surnamed Zhang was so excited that she documented her trip on social media, calling the experience “tuhao”, a slang term for the nouveau riche.

The flight was delayed for ten hours due to a blizzard and by the time the plane was ready to take off, all the other passengers had already changed to an earlier flight, leaving Zhang to fly solo. “I felt so happy, it was a rare life experience for me and it was new. I felt like a rockstar," she told the BBC. Wonder if she got to sit Business Class…

Student furious over waferless KitKat, demands lifetime supply
Student furious over waferless KitKat, demands lifetime supply
05 Feb 2016

Student furious over waferless KitKat, demands lifetime supply

A British law student is demanding a lifetime supply if KitKats after her chocolate bar came sans wafer. Saima Ahmad, 20, said she had been “misled to part with my money” and claimed she had suffered “monetary and emotional” loss over the incident. And now she is threatening legal action if she doesn’t get her demand, though she admitted she is just "trying her luck". No news on whether Nestle has agreed to the compensation.

Speaking of missing ingredients…
 

McDonald’s sued over non-cheesy mozzarella sticks
McDonald’s sued over non-cheesy mozzarella sticks
05 Feb 2016

McDonald’s sued over non-cheesy mozzarella sticks

McDonald’s customers in the US were up in arms when they found the fast-food giant had left out a key ingredient in their mozzarella sticks - cheese. Furious, customers took to Twitter to share photos of the hollow snack. Said CheeseburgerCas: “When I order mozzarella sticks I generally want cheese.”

“Apparently our store got a defect order of mozz sticks so now we have special limited ‘mozzarella sticks with no cheese in them’,” wrote Tha_BGK. But that’s not the worst. The company is now slapped with a US$5 million (S$7.05 million) lawsuit from customers who say the new mozzarella sticks aren’t cheesy enough. Californian Chris Howe and 40 others claimed the fast-food chain uses a starch filler as a small part of its mozzarella stick recipe, which the suit alleges violates federal guidelines.

“Our mozzarella cheese sticks are made with 100% low moisture part skim mozzarella cheese," McDonald’s said in a statement. "We intend to defend ourselves vigorously against these allegations.”

Photos: HeyAmber021 and Courtney Wright/Twitter

Taiwan netizens slam tourists for bathing kid in sink
Taiwan netizens slam tourists for bathing kid in sink
05 Feb 2016

Taiwan netizens slam tourists for bathing kid in sink

Taiwan netizens were outraged after photos of China tourists bathing a boy in a sink in a public bathroom made the rounds on social media last Sunday (Jan 31). Reportedly taken in a men’s bathroom at Nanwan beach in Kenting, the photos showed a man bathing a boy, who looked to be around five or six years old, on a shaky sink, blatantly ignoring the sign above it that reads: "Fragile. Please don't stand on top.” Or perhaps, like some netizens commented, they do not know how to read traditional Chinese characters? Whatever the case may be, netizens did not hold back, slamming Chinese tourists and calling them “completely without class.” “Name, shame and ban. Keep these people where they belong. They are embarrassing us everywhere,” wrote Pei Cai Pan on Facebook.

“[You should] be grateful they didn’t urinate and defecate on the street,” said LadyQQ on Weibo.
 

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