Weird news of the week (Mar 12-18)

New bizarre A4 waist challenge hits China, nude model holds photoshoot in Sentosa, and more of this week’s oddest news.

New social media craze sees women flaunting paper-thin waists
New social media craze sees women flaunting paper-thin waists
18 Mar 2016

New social media craze sees women flaunting paper-thin waists

Just when we thought we can put bizarre fitness trends to rest, yet another Internet craze has taken China by storm. Hundreds of thousands of women including Hong Kong actress Niki Chow (centre) have taken to Weibo to share snaps of themselves with a piece of A4 paper against their waists as part of the "A4 waist challenge". If the width of the paper, which measures 21cm, covers your midriff, then congrats you have a slim waist.

Since the challenge took off in February, it has invited its fair share of controversy and mockery. One netizen claimed that he too had a paper-thin waist when the paper is held sideways, while model-actress Lynn Hung (right) posted a selfie of her “iPad waist” with a caption saying: “As long as you work hard, you don’t have to envious of [others’] A4 waist. Go! Go! Go!”
 
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Nude model and photographer stopped during Sentosa shoot
Nude model and photographer stopped during Sentosa shoot
18 Mar 2016

Nude model and photographer stopped during Sentosa shoot

A British model's nude photoshoot at Tanjong Beach came to an abrupt end on Tuesday (Mar 15) after she and a Singaporean photographer, known only as Dave, were stopped by two Sentosa Development Corporation rangers. The rangers were patrolling nearby at around 11.50 am when they saw the naked Lucille posing with a fishing net. Lucille and Dave agreed to stop the shoot after they were warned that public nudity is illegal in Singapore. Dave claimed he was helping the 33-year-old model, who is here on holiday, expand her work portfolio and had no idea they were flouting the law. The pair were eventually let off with a warning.

Photo: Lim Ashley/Flickr

No seat, no problem. Taiwan lady uses elderly woman as seat on bus
No seat, no problem. Taiwan lady uses elderly woman as seat on bus
18 Mar 2016

No seat, no problem. Taiwan lady uses elderly woman as seat on bus

A Taiwan lady has sparked outrage after she used an elderly woman as her seat on a packed bus. According to Taiwan media, a middle-aged lady boarded the bus during rush hour on March 10 and during the journey, she suddenly announced “I have to sit down” and plonked herself down on the elderly woman. Though the elderly woman was wearing a face mask, video footage of the incident showed that she was visibly uncomfortable and annoyed with the squatter and even asked that she get up but the thick-skinned lady held her ground. The squatter only gave up after the elderly woman’s constant fidgeting made it impossible for her to sit any longer.

David Ong scandal: Netizens CSI wrong man as Wendy Lim’s hubby
David Ong scandal: Netizens CSI wrong man as Wendy Lim’s hubby
18 Mar 2016

David Ong scandal: Netizens CSI wrong man as Wendy Lim’s hubby

He was merely a supporter of former Bukit Batok MP David Ong during the 2015 General Elections but Edmund Ng found himself an unlikely party involved in the sex scandal that ended the ex-MP’s his political career. On Sunday morning (Mar 13), photos of Edmund were circulating online, along with rumours that he was the husband of Wendy Lim, a grassroots volunteer and PAP member who allegedly had an affair with David.

Furious, Edmund quickly cleared the air, saying he only knew Wendy when they were in the same cheerleading team for David during the GE and that they had “absolutely no relationship”. Turns out, overeager netizens jumped to conclusions when they found old photos of Edmund carrying a heart-shaped board with the words “David Ong” on it, which looked similar to the ones Wendy was photographed with. Tsk tsk.

‘X-ray pants’ banned at Songkran festival
‘X-ray pants’ banned at Songkran festival
18 Mar 2016

‘X-ray pants’ banned at Songkran festival

If you are headed to Chiang Mai for the upcoming Songkran festival, you might want to take note of the new clothing ban at the wet celebrations on April 13 - no sexy X-ray pants. Apart from the see-through bottoms, sexy dance moves and erm “sexy muscles” are also prohibited to prevent the sexualisation of the water festival and to protect the image of Lanna culture. Chiang Mai officials decided on the ban after online shops started selling the suggestive bottoms on social networks, reported Coconuts Bangkok. “If people wear these pants alone without underwear, it will be considered public obscenity,” said the governor of Chiang Mai.

China warns of dangers of watching Descendants of the Sun
China warns of dangers of watching Descendants of the Sun
18 Mar 2016

China warns of dangers of watching Descendants of the Sun

The huge popularity of new Korean drama series Descendants of the Sun has forced the Chinese government to warn of the dangers of too much viewing. Starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, the 16-episode drama which premiered in South Korea and China in February has smashed ratings and dominated trending topics on Weibo, thanks to its love story and suave leading man.

"An enormous fandom of Korean drama Descendants Of The Sun starring Song Joong Ki has emerged as it began to air in Korea and China. It is easy to see that many have fallen in love with the male lead Song," China’s Ministry of Public Security said on Weibo, warning that "watching Korean dramas could be dangerous, and even lead to legal troubles". It also highlighted some extreme cases where a couple divorced due to Korean dramas, and a man who went through plastic surgery to save his marriage after his wife became overly engrossed with the lead actor.

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This hunky tom yum noodles seller will leave you hot under the collar
This hunky tom yum noodles seller will leave you hot under the collar
18 Mar 2016

This hunky tom yum noodles seller will leave you hot under the collar

Move over #Carrotman, the Internet is now drooling over this tom yum noodles seller (left) in Bangkok who will leave you hot under the collar - and we are not referring to his noodles. Located outside Rangsit University, Jad Noodle is run by hunky chef Kritsada Saekwang, who decided to open the stall with two friends after his brother gave him a tom yum secret recipe. While we’re sure the noodles taste great, we’re not here to discuss about food as the only question on our minds is how is he so hot? Turns out Kritsada is a fitness trainer in the university (so that’s how he burns off all the carbs) and part-time model, and so are his spicy waiters - it’s no wonder the ladies are flocking to this humble street stall. We’d have whatever he’s serving too.

Photos: Jad Noodle's Facebook

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Doctors warn hair salon shampoo sinks can cause stroke
Doctors warn hair salon shampoo sinks can cause stroke
18 Mar 2016

Doctors warn hair salon shampoo sinks can cause stroke

A California woman is suing a beauty salon after she suffered a stroke caused by the parlour’s hair washing basin in 2013. Doctors told Elizabeth Smith, 48, that she suffered from “beauty salon stroke syndrome” after an artery in her neck was damaged by leaning back on the salon’s shampoo sink. The lawsuit stated that neither the sink nor the chair were adjusted for her small frame, causing her neck to become overextended.

Elizabeth did not feel any symptoms until a few days later when she felt extreme weakness down her left side and was unable to stand. Doctors said she had suffered a massive stroke and had a low chance of survival. Though Elizabeth has returned to work two years after the stroke, she reportedly still suffers from dizziness and loss of vision.

Photo: ING Image/CLICK PHOTOS

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