Weird news of the week (Apr 2-8)

Indonesian couples start new smelly trend, Malaysia airline under fire for issuing handwritten boarding passes, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Smelling your boyfriend’s armpit could be a new trend in Indonesia
Smelling your boyfriend’s armpit could be a new trend in Indonesia
08 Apr 2016

Smelling your boyfriend’s armpit could be a new trend in Indonesia

We sure hope this is a delayed April Fool’s joke. In recent weeks, Indonesian women have taken to posting photos of themselves sniffing their boyfriend’s underarms on social media in an attempt to start a bizarre trend. “Sedap (tasty). I cannot lose you, because if I ever did, I’d have lost your underarm essence,” wrote pegasusgengs on Instagram with the hashtag #ciumketekpacar (smelling boyfriend’s armpit).

Another netizen, Ryan Mizard, shared a clip of his girlfriend smelling his hairy underarm along with a caption explaining why women should do it: If they don’t, it means they are “just friends”. Though studies have shown that male pheromone secreted in armpit can make men more sexually attractive to women, the act of sniffing another’s underarms in itself is already a turn off for many.

“I am sorry if I am annoying but this is the dumbest trend I have ever seen. I have lost faith in this country - look at how stupid this is,” one woman said, while another wrote: “If this is a relationship goal, I’d rather be single.”

Photos: Instagram

Malaysia’s Rayani airline under fire for issuing handwritten boarding passes
Malaysia’s Rayani airline under fire for issuing handwritten boarding passes
08 Apr 2016

Malaysia’s Rayani airline under fire for issuing handwritten boarding passes

Malaysia’s Rayani Air could face sanctions over security concerns after handwritten boarding passes were issued to passengers on a March 19 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching. The country’s Transport Ministry launched an investigation into the Shariah-compliant airline after Malaysian MP Lau Weng San shared a photo of his questionable travel document - a piece of paper showing his name, seat number as well as flight departure and arrival times written in ink - on Facebook, describing it as “unbelievable” and that “it wouldn’t be accepted anywhere else in the world, only in Malaysia.”

The handwritten passes were given out due to a computer glitch as passengers endured an eight-hour flight delay over a hydraulic leak on the plane. “The flight eventually took off at 5am and due to the delay, passengers who checked in at the counter after 12am were given a manual boarding pass as the system was unable to roll back and print any boarding pass due to the backdated details of the initial flight time,” explained Rayani Air in a statement.

Photo: Lau Weng San
 

Eatery owner attacks customer’s house after bad review
Eatery owner attacks customer’s house after bad review
08 Apr 2016

Eatery owner attacks customer’s house after bad review

Some people just cannot take criticism. A restaurant owner in Sichuan, China, has hunted down a customer and attacked his house after receiving a negative review online on Tuesday (Mar 29). “The taste was really bad! I ordered noodles, but I'll absolutely never order them a second time! What's more, this restaurant doesn't even have a physical store, do you have a hygiene permit? I doubt it. Also, the picture he took of his lobby clearly doesn't match up with the picture of the shop,” wrote the reviewer.

Sure, it is a little harsh but it certainly isn’t anything to get violent about. However, the owner was so offended that he tracked down the reviewer’s home and took it out on his front door, leaving some deep dents and ripping off the door knob during his violent rage. Maybe we should just leave anonymous reviews instead?

Photos: Weibo
 

Doctors save man’s hand by sewing it into his stomach
Doctors save man’s hand by sewing it into his stomach
08 Apr 2016

Doctors save man’s hand by sewing it into his stomach

Doctors at a Brazil hospital have come up with a clever way to save a man’s severely injured hand:  sewing it into his belly. Factory worker Carlos Mariotti was operating a machine when his hand got dragged into the heavy duty equipment, ripping off all the skin on his left hand. To keep the wounded hand alive, doctors sewed it inside Carlos’ stomach and covered it with a protective flap of skin. The hand has to remain in the pocket for about 42 days “to ensure it develops new tissue and tendon material which is capable of receiving a replanted skin graft”. To avoid the hand from becoming stiff, doctors advised Carlos to wiggle his fingers inside his belly.

Photo: Daily Mail Online

Indonesian singer dies after snake bites her mid-performance
Indonesian singer dies after snake bites her mid-performance
08 Apr 2016

Indonesian singer dies after snake bites her mid-performance

Indonesian singer Irma Bule died on Sunday after she was bitten by a cobra during a performance. According to eye witnesses, Irma had accidentally stepped on the venomous reptile’s tail in the middle of her second song. Despite being bitten, the 29-year-old dare devil, who is known to dance with snakes as part of her act, thought the reptile had been de-fanged and refused treatment. She continued singing for another 45 minutes before having seizures and vomiting. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was confirmed dead.

United Airlines flight attendant uses evacuation slide to exit plane
United Airlines flight attendant uses evacuation slide to exit plane
08 Apr 2016

United Airlines flight attendant uses evacuation slide to exit plane

A flight attendant’s bizarre exit from a United Airlines plane at George Bush Airport in Houston on Monday has gone viral. Footage of the incident showed the flight attendant, who was later identified as Julia Price, tossing her bag out the emergency exit before sliding down the evacuation slide and walking away.

According to the airline, there was no emergency and it is unclear what prompted her to leave the plane in such a way. “We hold our employees to the highest standards,” said a United Airlines spokesman. “This unsafe behaviour is unacceptable and does not represent the more than 20,000 flight attendants who ensure the safety of our customers.” Julia has been fired from her job and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Photo: Twitter/jacelarson

Ivanka Trump scarves recalled over “burn risk”
Ivanka Trump scarves recalled over “burn risk”
08 Apr 2016

Ivanka Trump scarves recalled over “burn risk”

About 20,000 Ivanka Trump-branded scarves have been recalled over concerns that they could catch fire and burn their wearers. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Wednesday that the 100 per cent rayon scarves, which were manufactured in China, failed to meet the federal flammability standards for clothing textiles and “posed a burn risk”. No injuries or incidents associated with the product have been reported. A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump Collection said it was “disappointed to learn of the need for Global Brands Group, our license partner, to recall two styles of Ivanka Trump scarves, but we are relieved that immediate action is being taken.”

Photo: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS

Man found dead in Disneyland Paris haunted house
Man found dead in Disneyland Paris haunted house
08 Apr 2016

Man found dead in Disneyland Paris haunted house

It doesn’t get creepier than this. A Disneyland Paris worker was found dead in the theme park’s haunted house last Saturday (Apr 2). The 45-year-old, a technician who had worked at the attraction for 14 years, is believed to have been electrocuted while working on the lighting backstage. The Daily Mail reported that an initial examination pointed to an “accidental death by electrocution”, but an autopsy has been ordered. The victim’s body was discovered by colleagues on Saturday and the attraction was immediately closed for police investigation.

Photo: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS

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