Weird news of the week (Apr 9-15)

Kai Kai and Jia Jia get hot and heavy, Shanghai teahouse charges customers by the sip, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Kai Kai and Jia Jia give baby making another shot
Kai Kai and Jia Jia give baby making another shot
15 Apr 2016

Kai Kai and Jia Jia give baby making another shot

After hooking up in April last year, River Safari's giant pandas Kai Kai, 9, and Jia Jia, 8, have decided to take another shot at baby making. The panda couple appeared to be getting randy as early as January and were brought together for natural mating on Wednesday (April 13). However despite the romp, the “mixing session” was not successful.

The Wildlife Reserves Singapore said this situation is not uncommon for inexperienced pandas (or maybe they could not perform with so many pairs of eyes on them?), and a decision was made to carry out artificial insemination to help Jia Jia conceive. From now until about September, vets and keepers will have to wait to conclude if Jia Jia is pregnant through ultrasound scans.

Photo: Wildlife Reserves Singapore 

Woman becomes Internet sensation for wearing beauty mask on subway
Woman becomes Internet sensation for wearing beauty mask on subway
15 Apr 2016

Woman becomes Internet sensation for wearing beauty mask on subway

A female passenger has attracted more than a few curious stares on the Ningbo subway after she was spotted on several occasions wearing a black rubber face mask during her commute. Baffled by her unusual choice of face wear, passengers have been sharing photos of the “strange” woman – who usually appears asleep – online along with calls to reveal the face behind the mask.

Since her photos went viral, the masked woman, later identified as Joey, has become an Internet sensation with people taking photos with her and reporters stopping her on the streets for interviews. Turns out Joey is getting married soon but has been so busy working overtime that the only time she has for her beauty regime is during her morning commute to work. 

Photos: Weibo

Shanghai teahouse charges Japanese tourists by the sip
Shanghai teahouse charges Japanese tourists by the sip
15 Apr 2016

Shanghai teahouse charges Japanese tourists by the sip

A Shanghai teahouse has been fined 500,000 yuan (S$105,400) and had its business license revoked after it scammed two Japanese tourists into paying 48 yuan (S$10) for each SIP of tea they drank. The two unsuspecting students were visiting the popular Yu Garden last week when three strangers chatted them up and accompanied them to a teahouse on Jingling East Road.

After having their tea, the duo were presented a bill for a whopping 2,100 yuan (S$440), which an employee said was based on the price of 48 yuan per sip. The pair only had 1,000 yuan on them and were forced to hand over all their cash. The students got their money back after making a police report.

Photos: Weibo

Gasp! #Carrotman has become a model
Gasp! #Carrotman has become a model
15 Apr 2016

Gasp! #Carrotman has become a model

Don’t underestimate the power of social media, or good looks. Photogenic Filipino vegetable farmer, dubbed #Carrotman, has traded in his spade for the bright lights of modelling after photos of him working the fields went viral in February. On Wednesday, Jeyrick Sigmaton was revealed as the new face of local clothing brand Boardwalk, which has also engaged a Filipino designer to create a clothing collection for the 21-year-old. Not sure about you but we prefer Jeyrick the rugged-looking #Carrotman, than Jeyrick the groomed model.

Photos: Jeyrick Sigmaton's Facebook 

Chinese visitors help themselves to tulip garden displays
Chinese visitors help themselves to tulip garden displays
15 Apr 2016

Chinese visitors help themselves to tulip garden displays

The Chinese sure have an obsession with flowers. Just days after being slammed for damaging and climbing onto cherry blossom trees at home and abroad for photo ops, Chinese visitors have made headlines for treading flowerbeds and helping themselves to tulips on display at a flower show. Despite signs against trespassing and touching the displays, dozens of visitors were photographed uprooting to put together bouquets. The tulips were part of 20,000 flowers planted for an annual expo in Jiangxi province, said media reports.

Photos: Haiwainet.cn 

Naked man sprawls under car to demand compensation for being “hit”
Naked man sprawls under car to demand compensation for being “hit”
15 Apr 2016

Naked man sprawls under car to demand compensation for being “hit”

The Chinese can be quite creative when it comes to scamming. An exhibitionist fraudster has pretended to be hit by a car to extort compensation from a driver. According to media reports, witnesses saw the 31-year-old man getting off his bike, removing his clothes and sprawling on the road awaiting his next victim. When the driver of a black car saw the nude man lying on the road ahead, she quickly went into reverse. But to her horror, the guy rolled after the car.

The police arrived at the scene to find the man “pinned” under the car and he was taken away for questioning. Apparently this isn’t his first time committing pengci, a type of fraud where people fake a car accident to extract compensation from the driver. The man from Henan had just served a seven-day jail sentence for committing the same offence. 

Photos: Sina

Bank robbers wrap themselves in foil to outsmart alarm
Bank robbers wrap themselves in foil to outsmart alarm
15 Apr 2016

Bank robbers wrap themselves in foil to outsmart alarm

We’ve seen robbers dressed in all black but silver? That’s a first. Two bank robbers in Brazil wrapped themselves from head to two in foil to keep the alarm system from sounding during an attempted heist last Saturday. The plan worked but they could not get past the security cameras, which captured their every move. The police were notified and they arrived at the bank soon after and arrested an accomplice, who was acting as a lookout. Though the two tin men got away, they didn’t manage to escape with any cash. Police believe they were working with one or two other people who tipped them off before the cops arrived at the scene.

Speaking of robbery…

Photo: Brazilian Military Police

Couple busy making out oblivious to armed robbery
Couple busy making out oblivious to armed robbery
15 Apr 2016

Couple busy making out oblivious to armed robbery

A US couple were so busy making out at a Montana bar that they were unaware a robbery was happening right behind them. According to eye witnesses, two males and a female entered the bar at around 1am on Monday wielding guns and holding patrons at gunpoint. CCTV footage showed the robbers coming just inches from the couple as they helped themselves to the money in the cash register but the oblivious pair continued to kiss throughout the commotion. It was only after the three masked suspects left the bar that the couple stopped making out and looked around.

Conservative much? Indonesia TV station blurs man’s nipples on TV
Conservative much? Indonesia TV station blurs man’s nipples on TV
15 Apr 2016

Conservative much? Indonesia TV station blurs man’s nipples on TV

And we thought Facebook’s war on nipples was bad. Not wanting to be accused of having “double standards” (at least that’s what we think), Indonesia TV station Net TV has taken to censoring men’s nipples too. According to media reports, a man who was topless and wearing a traditional Javanese costume during his wedding, had his nipples blurred out when he was featured in an infotainment programme aired last December.

While the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission claimed it had nothing to do with the bizarre censorship, many believe the TV station decided to err on the side of caution and blur the images for fear of public backlash or sanctions by the commission.

Photos: Twitter/@danrem

Australians disgusted by “hideous” new $5 note
Australians disgusted by “hideous” new $5 note
15 Apr 2016

Australians disgusted by “hideous” new $5 note

The Reserve Bank of Australia unveiled a new design for its $5 note on Tuesday and going by reviews on social media, people are not impressed. Their biggest beef? The yellow toilet brush lookalikes, which are apparently wattles, a native shrub to the continent, and the note’s new rainbow hue. And netizens are not mincing their words, describing it as “hideous”, “appalling” and “clown puke”. Harsh. The new fivers are currently in production and will be issued into circulation in September.

Photo: Reserve Bank of Australia

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