Weird news of the week (Apr 16-22)

Prince George greets the Obamas like a boss, comparing babies’ arm rolls to bread is all the rage in Japan, and more of this week’s oddest news.

Prince George stays up past his bedtime to meet the Obamas
Prince George stays up past his bedtime to meet the Obamas
23 Apr 2016

Prince George stays up past his bedtime to meet the Obamas

Prince George is one busy toddler, what with school, photo shoots and royal celebrations to attend this week, the two-year-old still managed to squeeze in a meeting with US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on Friday - and after his bedtime too.

Kensington Palace released photos of the adorable prince greeting US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who are visiting Britain to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday. Dressed in his pyjamas and robe, Prince George was pictured shaking hands with the President like a boss and playing excitedly on his rocking horse, a gift from the Obamas when he was born in 2013.

Photos: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal

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Comparing babies’ arm rolls to bread is all the rage in Japan
Comparing babies’ arm rolls to bread is all the rage in Japan
22 Apr 2016

Comparing babies’ arm rolls to bread is all the rage in Japan

What is it with Japanese parents’ obsession with food and babies? After the #Riceballbabies meme swept the Internet in Japan last year, parents are poking fun at their kids - or their chubby arms to be exact - online again. Proud parents have taken to Twitter to share bizarre snaps comparing their infants’ Michelin man arms to loaves of “pull-apart bread” along with the hashtag #MyBaby’sGotTheBestBreadPhoto. The trend started after one parent noticed the similarity between the food and her child’s arm folds. Who knew carbs could be this cute?

Photos: Twitter

Mushrooms found growing on HK trams
Mushrooms found growing on HK trams
22 Apr 2016

Mushrooms found growing on HK trams

Now here’s something you would not expect to find on trams: mushrooms. Passengers on board Hong Kong’s trams were shocked to find mushrooms growing on a windowsill last week. A Facebook photo of the fungi sprouting out of the wooden window frame went viral on Sunday. There was also another showing a mushroom growing on the roof of the tram.

The Hong Kong Tramways said that such sightings were rare and it is believed that the shrooms, which were about the size of a Hong Kong 50-cent coin (around 2.3cm in diameter), were caused by heavy rainfall and high humidity. While the mushrooms have been cleared, the transport operator has warned commuters not to touch or pick them should they sprout again as they could be poisonous.

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Tycoon goes shopping with robot servants
Tycoon goes shopping with robot servants
22 Apr 2016

Tycoon goes shopping with robot servants

Some people will grab every chance to flaunt their wealth. A Chinese tycoon was spotted shopping in a Guangzhou mall last Thursday escorted by eight robot servants. Photos of the robots waiting and carrying his belongings and purchases on trays while he shopped made the rounds on the Internet. After he left the store, the robots followed patiently behind him and carrying his belongings to his car. Looks like Chinese heir Wang Sicong has some serious competition. 

Photos: via Toutiao

Teacher organises “fight club” for kindergarten students
Teacher organises “fight club” for kindergarten students
22 Apr 2016

Teacher organises “fight club” for kindergarten students

A kindergarten teacher in Nanjing has been suspended for allegedly organising boxing matches among students to help them “deal with their excessive energy”. Five boys were injured during a battle last Friday and one kid’s spine was even knocked out of alignment, said Chinese media reports. The incident came to light when parents noticed bruises and scratches on the boys. When confronted, the teacher said the students were too energetic so she let them practice boxing to see who would win. 

Photos: Tencent

Naked restaurant to open in London
Naked restaurant to open in London
22 Apr 2016

Naked restaurant to open in London

A restaurant that allows diners to enjoy their meals in their birthday suits is set to open in June in London. Pop-up restaurant The Bunyadi, which will open for three months, will have a section for nude customers, as well as clothed, and offer a changing room for diners to strip down. The restaurant hopes to provide a “Pangea-like world” where everything is “fresh, free and unadulterated from the trappings of modern life”. And that includes phones, electric lights and even clothing. If you’re wondering if such a daring dining concept will take off, well the restaurant already has a waiting list of over 11,000.

Photo: ING Image/CLICK PHOTOS

Fried chicken restaurant sued by Louis Vuitton for trademark infringement
Fried chicken restaurant sued by Louis Vuitton for trademark infringement
22 Apr 2016

Fried chicken restaurant sued by Louis Vuitton for trademark infringement

A South Korea fried chicken restaurant owner has been slapped with a 14.5 million won (around S$17,200) fine for ripping off French luxury house Louis Vuitton’s name and famous logo. The owner, surnamed Kim, had called his restaurant Louis Vuiton Dak – a play on the word “tongdak” which means whole chicken in Korean. The eatery’s serviettes and take-out boxes also featured the brand’s signature LV symbol.

In September last year, Louis Vuitton filed a suit and Kim was ordered to desist or face a 500,000 won-per-day fine for no-compliance (S$600). Thinking he could outsmart them, Kim changed the restaurant name to “chaLouisvui tondak” but the ploy backfired and he was ordered to pay the fashion house 14.5 million won for the 29 days that the amended name was displayed.

Photo: Twitter

Napping FedEx employee gets shipped off with packages
Napping FedEx employee gets shipped off with packages
22 Apr 2016

Napping FedEx employee gets shipped off with packages

This is why you should never sleep on the job. A FedEx employee in Tennessee, who took a nap in the loading area of a plane last Friday, woke up to find himself on his way to Texas. The employee woke up mid-flight and tried to alert the pilots by knocking on the cabin door. He was directed to sit in an extra seat until the plane landed. When he arrived in a Texas airport at around 5.30am, the stowaway was questioned by police but was not arrested as there was “no criminal intent”, an airport spokesman said. He was released to local FedEx officials.

Speaking of stowaway…

Photo: MAURITZ ANTIN/EPA/CLICK PHOTOS

HK woman almost boards flight to Korea without air ticket
HK woman almost boards flight to Korea without air ticket
22 Apr 2016

HK woman almost boards flight to Korea without air ticket

A 21-year-old woman managed to get past several security checks at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday (April 19) without a ticket and almost made it onto a flight to Seoul. Her ploy was foiled after a security officer saw her behaving suspiciously at a boarding gate at around 11.45pm. She was taken away by police after she failed to produce a boarding pass.

In an interview with Apple Daily, the woman’s parents said their daughter, who suffers from mental illness, wanted to go to Seoul to see K-pop stars. She also told them that she wanted to start a company there and that she was going to the airport at 5pm. According to CCTV footage, the woman slipped into the restricted area when a security guard was busy checking the passport of another passenger. She then went past metal detectors and used her identity card to get through immigration to the boarding gate. The case is currently under police investigation. 

Photo: Flickr

Monkey accidentally kills Chinese businessman with rock
Monkey accidentally kills Chinese businessman with rock
22 Apr 2016

Monkey accidentally kills Chinese businessman with rock

A Chinese businessman was killed in a freak accident after being hit by a rock when touring Henan’s Yuntai Moutain on Tuesday. According to a statement published by the park, Weng Mao, the former chairman of Shanghai food company which manufactures the famous White Rabbit candy, was “accidentally hit by a rock from above which was kicked down by a monkey”. The 67-year-old was rushed to hospital where he later died. The tourist route has been closed for investigation.

Photo: CCTVnews Facebook

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