Weird news of the week (Feb 6-12)

Singapore’s umisushi caught selling “expired” salad, Saudi police arrest mascot for “showing skin”, and more of this week’s oddest news.

umisushi caught selling “expired” potato salad
umisushi caught selling “expired” potato salad
12 Feb 2016

umisushi caught selling “expired” potato salad

A Japanese restaurant in Singapore has been exposed for selling expired food. Facebook user Ms Zhang had gone to the umisushi outlet at Waterway Point on last Friday morning (Feb 5) to purchase salad for her kids and was shocked when she saw restaurant staff preparing expired potato salad for sale.

Ms Zhang told Channel 8 News that staff had dished out potato salad from a plastic container into smaller ones for sale and on the container was a label showing the production date of the food - Jan 29 - with a note that it had to be consumed within three days of delivery. She took a photo of the salad in the display fridge as well as the container and posted it on umisushi’s Facebook page hoping to inform the restaurant about it, however the post was later hidden from public view.

Furious, Ms Zhang posted the photo on her own Facebook page with the caption: “Unless I miscalculated, this salad should have been discarded on Monday,” adding that she found this “very scary” because such cold dishes aren’t cooked before eating.

Ms Zhang told Channel 8 News that umisushi clarified via private message on Facebook on Feb 6 that the salad had to be consumed “three days after delivery” and was still within the safe consumption period. The company also stressed that to maintain freshness of food, its central kitchen distributes food daily to outlets island-wide and that all the food preparation processes comply with regulations.

When contacted by Channel 8 News, umisushi insisted that the potato salad was not expired and that the label was for staff reference only, and unfortunately had been misunderstood by the customer. It added that on the other side of the container was another label indicating the actual expiry date. Even though the restaurant claimed the salad was “safe to eat”, Ms Zhang noted that it was already a week old, adding that she will no longer patronise the restaurant in future.

Photo: Ms Zhang

Woman barred from Thailand after using passport as toilet paper
Woman barred from Thailand after using passport as toilet paper
12 Feb 2016

Woman barred from Thailand after using passport as toilet paper

A Brit woman was refused entry into Thailand after immigration officials saw pages had been ripped out of her passport. Turns out Faye Wilson, 28, ripped “two or three pages” to use as toilet paper during a drunken stupor but was too embarrassed to explain the real reason and was promptly deported back to Glasgow. "I felt like I was a criminal - people were looking at me wondering why a border official is someone sat with me the whole time," she said. But you know what’s more baffling? The fact that Faye had used the passport up to eight times in the past five years since she ripped out the pages and never experienced a problem - until last month. And we thought airport security is mega tight these days.

Saudi police arrest mascot for “showing skin”
Saudi police arrest mascot for “showing skin”
12 Feb 2016

Saudi police arrest mascot for “showing skin”

A man dressed as a mascot has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for wearing a costume of a doll showing skin. Yes, apparently even mascots are expected to comply with the country’s strict Islamic dress code. Photos showing the suspect, who was at the opening of a candy store in the nation’s capital Riyadh last Thursday (Feb 4), being arrested and sitting in the back of the police car were widely circulated on social media. Even the Saudis thought the incident was absurd (and took to Twitter to ridicule the morality police. “In Saudi Arabia even dolls have to wear abaya (long black cloak) lmao,” wrote Ruba.

“We never fail to prove to the world how pathetic we handle issues. Way to go,” tweeted WaleedAlhadi.

Chopstick hack blows up on Internet
Chopstick hack blows up on Internet
12 Feb 2016

Chopstick hack blows up on Internet

NEWSFLASH: You have been using chopsticks wrong this whole time! An Australian woman became an Internet sensation after she shared an image of chopstick hack which shows what the bit at the end of your chopsticks should really be used for. Instead of separating the disposable chopsticks, snap the chunky wooden tab off the end first and use it as a stand for your chopsticks. No more putting them on the table or across your bowl. The revelation caused a stir on Twitter with some 4,000 retweets in two days. While the hack sounds mind-blowing on paper, getting a clean break is tougher than expected. Go try it if you don’t believe us.

Photo: Twitter/bortofdarkness

Man arrested for “assault by alligator”
Man arrested for “assault by alligator”
12 Feb 2016

Man arrested for “assault by alligator”

A man in Florida has been arrested after allegedly throwing an alligator into a fast-food restaurant. In October, Joshua James, 24, tossed the one-metre long reptile into a Wendy’s restaurant through a drive-thru window. According to media reports, after the attendant handed Joshua his drink, he threw the alligator into the kitchen and drove off. Though Joshua’s mother claims his action was just a “stupid prank” on a friend who worked at the outlet, the authorities aren’t buying it. He has been charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator. Guess it’s not so funny anymore, huh. 

Tiny monkeys become It pets in China
Tiny monkeys become It pets in China
12 Feb 2016

Tiny monkeys become It pets in China

Tiny monkeys have become the “It” pet for China’s super rich in the Year of the Monkey. Measuring some 12cm tall, these thumb-sized pets, which are sold illegally in China, can cost a whopping 30,000 yuan (S$6,360). Nicknamed "thumb monkeys", they have even taken the place of expensive diamond rings for a wealthy few, reported People's Daily. Native to rainforests of Western Amazon Basin in South America, the pygmy marmosets, the world's smallest monkey, are increasingly popular as exotic pets for their cuteness. And we can see why. The little primates are so tiny you can pop them in your pocket and take them out, no one would even notice.

Man dies after being killed by meteorite strike
Man dies after being killed by meteorite strike
12 Feb 2016

Man dies after being killed by meteorite strike

We’ve heard of death by lightning strike but meteorite? An Indian bus driver became the first man in history to be struck by meteorite after the space rock fell within a college campus near where the man was standing, said local reports. The 40-year-old sustained serious injuries and died on the way to the hospital. Two gardeners and a student were reportedly hurt and the blast left a small crater and dark blue stone resembling a diamond was also found at the scene. Explosives were initially thought to be the cause of the blast but officials found no evidence of explosive material at the site.

Photo: ING Image/Giordano Aita
 

Man arrested for crashing drone into Empire State Building
Man arrested for crashing drone into Empire State Building
12 Feb 2016

Man arrested for crashing drone into Empire State Building

Let this be a warning to those of you with drones. A New Jersey man was arrested last Thursday after he lost control of his drone and crashed it into the Empire State Building. Sean Riddle, 29, had accidentally crashed the drone into the 40th floor of the skyscraper and it later fell and landed on the 36th floor. When he went to the building’s security to request it back, the guards called the police. Though no injuries and damage of property were reported, Sean was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and navigation inside the city. 

WANTED: New home for giant rabbit
WANTED: New home for giant rabbit
12 Feb 2016

WANTED: New home for giant rabbit

A larger-then-life rabbit, which has outgrown his hutch, is on the look-out for a new home in Scotland. Named Atlas, the seven-month-old continental rabbit could no longer be taken care of by his former owner and is temporarily living at the SPCA’s centre in Glasgow. However, anyone looking to take in Atlas would need to have plenty of space and love for him. SPCA centre’s manager said though Atlas is already the size of a west highland terrier, he is “still young with some growing to do”. Fully grown continental giant rabbits can measure up to 1.2 metres and weigh more than 20kg.

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