Weird news of the week (Feb 13-19)

Airline puts women in kinky hotel after flight delay, Singapore woman dies during tuina massage, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Hainan Airlines puts two women in kinky hotel after flight delay
Hainan Airlines puts two women in kinky hotel after flight delay
19 Feb 2016

Hainan Airlines puts two women in kinky hotel after flight delay

Two female travellers were horrified when they had to spend the night together in a kinky love hotel after their Hainan Airlines flight to Hangzhou was cancelled on Sunday due to bad weather. As if sharing a room with a stranger on Valentine’s Day wasn’t bad enough, the airline had arranged for them a 50 Shades of Grey-esque room, complete with sex chair, handcuffs and whips. Awkward. The guests shared their ordeal as well as photos on Weibo, joking about the accommodation being "a small Valentine gift" for "two single girls".

Hainan Airlines has since apologised for any embarrassment they have caused saying that all the hotels were booked out due to Valentine’s Day: “Our hotel-booking representative couldn't secure any room and did not research what a 'themed suite' means.

“We apologised for embarrassing these two ladies and immediately got in touch with them to resolve the issue.”

Singapore woman dies during tuina message
Singapore woman dies during tuina message
19 Feb 2016

Singapore woman dies during tuina message

A 27-year-old woman died on Sunday after suffering a seizure during a tuina massage at a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic in Orchard Road. According to media reports, Serene Lim slipped into a coma after experiencing body convulsions midway through her massage. A clinic employee performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Serene and she was later taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where she was pronounced dead at around 8.50pm. Serene had signed up for a tuina session through discount site Groupon and this was her first visit to the clinic. The clinic owner, who also runs another TCM clinic in Jalan Bukit Merah, and staff are helping with police investigations.

Photo: Serene Lim's Facebook

New 5-storey slide in Shanghai mall sparks safety concerns among netizens
New 5-storey slide in Shanghai mall sparks safety concerns among netizens
19 Feb 2016

New 5-storey slide in Shanghai mall sparks safety concerns among netizens

A Shanghai mall has built a five-storey snaking slide in a bid to offer some thrill and excitement to shoppers. Set to open next week at the Printemps mall in Pudong, it takes only 16 seconds to get down the slide and thrill-seekers will be able to ride it free of charge. However, not everyone is keen to get in line for the new ride. “I feel like it will cause deaths, seriously,” wrote one netizen.

“What I’m most worried about is that there would be gaps at the entrance and exit,” said another on Weibo, according to Quartz. “Once your bum rides over it, it would slice it off like a piece of meat.” OUCH! Well, we don’t blame them considering how many people have been killed or injured riding escalators and amusement park rides in China lately. Despite the fears raised, the department store operator has assured the public that the slide has been thoroughly tested and any potential safety hazards will be fixed.

UK teen applies fake tan with paint roller and this is what happened
UK teen applies fake tan with paint roller and this is what happened
19 Feb 2016

UK teen applies fake tan with paint roller and this is what happened

This is why you should never believe everything you read online. A Facebook post by UK teen Imogen Silversides has gone viral after she shared a photo of what looks to be an epic fake tan fail that left her the "same colour as a dining table". “Who ever the girl was that recommend to apply fake tan with a paint roller is one lying f***. Don't think I'll be at work Friday (sic),” wrote Imogen on Feb 9.

Apparently the 17-year-old was inspired by a fellow fake tan fan who claimed on Facebook the secret to getting an even glow was to apply it with a paint roller. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out so well for Imogen. While it is unclear if it is a prank, we’re glad she has returned to a more acceptable shade and was able to go on a Valentine’s Day date a couple of days later.

Photo: Imogen Silversides' Facebook

Beauty products seized at Thai airports resold online
Beauty products seized at Thai airports resold online
19 Feb 2016

Beauty products seized at Thai airports resold online

Looks like an online store has made a business out of beauty products and cosmetics confiscated from travellers at airports in Thailand. A netizen posted a screen shot of the store on online forum Pantip.com and questioned if they should be allowed to be resold on the Internet: “I have been told to throw out my makeup remover… just so airport staff can re-sell them?

“I thought they were gonna throw it away, but I never thought they would resell my cosmetics. Is this right?” Vendor ununfah said in a Twitter post that she was selling confiscated toiletries at cheap prices according to how much liquid was left in the bottles. Some were sold for as little as 50 baht (S$2), reported Bangkok Post. Airports of Thailand said it will investigate to see if airport staff are involved in the matter, adding that confiscated goods are destroyed annually.

Photo: Pantip

Tourists in shock as Singapore ship plows into walkway
Tourists in shock as Singapore ship plows into walkway
19 Feb 2016

Tourists in shock as Singapore ship plows into walkway

It looked like a scene from a movie - a cargo ship plows into a walkway in Bangkok as tourists flee for their lives. The Singapore cargo ship, which had just left Bangkok’s Khlong Toei Pier and was returning to Singapore on Sunday morning, became uncontrollable due to strong currents and poor weather. Surveillance camera footage showed pedestrians strolling along the walkway just before the ship came crashing in, destroying everything in its path. The ship only came to a halt after breaking through almost the entirety of the concrete walkway. Fortunately, no one was injured and the ship was only slightly damaged. 

No one notices man skipped work for 6 years until…
No one notices man skipped work for 6 years until…
19 Feb 2016

No one notices man skipped work for 6 years until…

A Spanish civil servant who skipped work for six years, would have gotten away with the “perfect crime” had his company not decided to reward him for his “hard work”. Joaquín García, 69, whose job was to supervise the building of a waste water treatment plant, was fined 27,000 euro (S$41,000) for his extended siesta. The company only realised his absence when they found his office sitting vacant when they began preparations for his long service award. According to a local newspaper, Joaquín blamed his no show on workplace bullying and also claimed that there was no work for him to do. Now retired, Joaquín has denied any wrongdoing.

Photo: ING Image

The Parmesan cheese on your food could be wood
The Parmesan cheese on your food could be wood
19 Feb 2016

The Parmesan cheese on your food could be wood

Find your Parmesan cheese a little woody? Well, there’s a chance that it might just be well, wood. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that cheese labelled “100% Parmesan cheese” often had no actual Parmesan in it. Instead, they are filled with cheese substitutes like cellulose, which is made from wood pulp, or trimmings of various cheeses such as cheddar and mozzarella. According to the FDA, companies like Castle Cheese have been supplying mostly imitation cheeses to grocery stores across the United States. The company’s president, Michelle Myrter is scheduled to plead guilty this month, reported Bloomberg. The charges carry a punishment of up to a year in prison and up to a US$100,000 fine.

Photo: ING Image

Vietnam inmate gets herself pregnant to avoid death penalty
Vietnam inmate gets herself pregnant to avoid death penalty
19 Feb 2016

Vietnam inmate gets herself pregnant to avoid death penalty

Talk about going to extreme lengths to avoid death. A female prisoner in Vietnam reportedly paid a fellow inmate the equivalent of more than S$3,100 for his semen which she used to impregnate herself to avoid the death penalty. According to media reports, Nguyen Thi Hue, 42, who was arrested in 2012 for drug trafficking, paid the male inmate to twice leave his sperm in plastic bags at a hiding place in the prison. Thi Hue then collected the bags and used a syringe to impregnate herself. She is expected to give birth in April. Under Vietnamese law, pregnant women can’t be executed, forcing authorities to commute her death sentence to one of life imprisonment.

Photo: ING Image

Related:
Singapore’s umisushi caught selling “expired” salad
China’s “snake boy” causes online furore for berating Singaporeans
Male workers in Guangzhou receive sex dolls as bonuses


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