Weird news of the week (Apr 30 - May 6)

KFC launches chicken-flavoured nail polish, Malaysian student given $4.6m in bank glitch, and more of this week’s oddest news.

KFC’s chicken-flavoured nail polish is finger-lickin’ good
KFC’s chicken-flavoured nail polish is finger-lickin’ good
06 May 2016

KFC’s chicken-flavoured nail polish is finger-lickin’ good

KFC has brought its finger-lickin’ good slogan to life by introducing two edible nail polishes in Hong Kong. Like the fast food chain’s fried chicken, the nail polishes come in Original Recipe (speckled beige) and Hot & Spicy (orangey-red) shades and are made from natural ingredients. "To use, consumers simply apply and dry like regular nail polish, and then lick -- again and again and again," KFC explained. Erm, okay. If you are looking to get your hands, or fingers, on these nail polishes, well, they aren’t in the market yet. Customers are invited to choose the best flavour to go into mass production. Who knows, if it’s a hit, maybe a mashed potato flavour will be next.

Malaysian student goes on spending spree after receiving $4.6m in bank glitch
Malaysian student goes on spending spree after receiving $4.6m in bank glitch
06 May 2016

Malaysian student goes on spending spree after receiving $4.6m in bank glitch

A Malaysian student was arrested at Sydney Airport on Wednesday after allegedly squandering away A$4.6 million (S$4.67 million) was mistakenly transferred into her Westpac bank account four years ago. Instead of alerting the bank, Christine went on a spending spree on luxury goods for years, while avoiding e-mails and calls from the bank and police. She reportedly still owes the bank A$3.3 million and was arrested as she was trying to leave the country with an emergency Malaysian passport.

According to media reports, police investigations began in 2012, but a warrant for her arrest was only issued in March. Though the 21-year-old has been charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime, Magistrate Lisa Stapleton noted that Christine might not have broken the law. "It isn't proceeds of crime. It's money we all dream of," she said, adding that “she didn't take it from (the bank). They gave it to her.”

Photos: Facebook

Transgender man gives birth to baby girl
Transgender man gives birth to baby girl
06 May 2016

Transgender man gives birth to baby girl

A transgender man in Iceland has given birth to a baby girl after getting pregnant during his gender transition. Henrý Steinn had already started living as male and was about to start taking testosterone when he found out he was pregnant. The 19-year-old decided to hold off gender hormone treatment as it could impact the baby. After 26 hours of labour, Henrý gave birth to a baby girl on April 13 via Caesarean section. He plans to breastfeed his daughter until “she and I have had enough”.

Photo: INGimage/CLICK PHOTOS 

Chinese leave their mark at Shanghai Disneyland – before it opens
Chinese leave their mark at Shanghai Disneyland – before it opens
06 May 2016

Chinese leave their mark at Shanghai Disneyland – before it opens

Never mind that Shanghai Disneyland only opens on June 16, scores of Chinese flocked to Disney Town just outside the theme park during the May Day holiday and made a mess at the attraction. Weibo was flooded with photos of visitors demonstrating examples of “uncivilised behaviour” such as littering and vandalism. And despite signs to keep off the flower beds, tourists trampled on them, picked flowers and worse still, peed on it. This may come as a shock to Shanghai Disneyland but at least it knows what it is in for when the gates to Magic Kingdom opens in two weeks’ time.

Photos: Weibo 

Parents plead for help after son born with 31 fingers and toes
Parents plead for help after son born with 31 fingers and toes
06 May 2016

Parents plead for help after son born with 31 fingers and toes

The parents of a Hunan boy, who was born with 31 fingers and toes, are desperately trying to raise money for their son’s surgery. Three-month-old Honghong was born with two palms, 15 fingers and 16 toes, but no thumbs. Like his mother, he suffers from a polydactyly, a medical condition, where children are born with extra fingers or toes.

Worried about passing the condition to her child, Honghong’s mother had multiple examinations at hospitals during pregnancy and all scans showed no indication of any deformity. She was also assured by doctors that her baby would be perfectly normal, said Chinese reports. However, Honghong’s condition turned out to be more severe and would need to undergo surgery between the age of six months to a year before the bones set. The family is now relying on the kindness of friends to raise money for treatment which could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Photos: NetEase

Man accused of impersonating pilot on Dragonair flight
Man accused of impersonating pilot on Dragonair flight
06 May 2016

Man accused of impersonating pilot on Dragonair flight

A young man was caught and barred from entering Malaysia after he tried to impersonate a pilot a la Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can in March. The man, believed to be 18 to 20 years old, boarded a Dragonair flight from Hong Kong to Penang, in a Cathay Pacific pilot uniform, complete with badges, tie and lanyard, even his hand luggage bore the airline’s logos.

Though he claimed to be an off-duty pilot, he did not fool the cabin crew one bit. For one, he took photos of his meal and ordered a cocktail, which wasn’t on the menu. And then he said he wished to go to the cockpit after landing to thank the pilot but when he could not produce his staff ID (he said it was in his luggage), flight attendants alerted ground crew and Malaysian immigration officers.

Upon landing, the impersonator was taken away airport security and during the investigation, he admitted that he wasn’t a pilot, though his father is one. Crew members said the man has been seen on several occasions travelling to and from the Hong Kong airport wearing the pilot uniform.

Photos: EPA and Facebook
 

Indonesian villagers thought sex doll on beach was fallen angel
Indonesian villagers thought sex doll on beach was fallen angel
06 May 2016

Indonesian villagers thought sex doll on beach was fallen angel

A remote Indonesian villager was abuzz with excitement after a doll, believed to be a fallen angel, washed up on the beach. But it turns out it was just an inflatable sex toy. The fisherman, who discovered the doll near Banggai islands, said it was naked and face down when he found it. Thinking it was an angel, he took the doll home and treated it with reverence. It was given a fresh change of clothes and headscarf to wear every day. After word spread on the heavenly gift, police decided to investigate the matter and found that it was a sex doll. "They have no internet, they don't know what a sex toy is," the police was quoted as saying by AFP. 

Gucci warns HK shops to stop selling paper knock offs for the dead
Gucci warns HK shops to stop selling paper knock offs for the dead
06 May 2016

Gucci warns HK shops to stop selling paper knock offs for the dead

Luxury brands sure are coming down hard on those that infringe their trademark. Gucci has warned Hong Kong shops selling paper offerings for the dead to remove products with their signature logo. Last week, the luxury brand sent letters to six shops informing them that they were infringing on Gucci’s trademark and to stop selling the products. In a statement to AFP, the company said it trusts that “the store owners did not have the intention to infringe Gucci's trademark” and has not taken legal action. Last month, a South Korea fried chicken restaurant owner was slapped with a S$17,200 fine for ripping off French luxury house Louis Vuitton’s name and famous logo.

Photos: CCTV

Alligator caught on camera trying to ring door bell
Alligator caught on camera trying to ring door bell
06 May 2016

Alligator caught on camera trying to ring door bell

This has got to be the most unexpected visitor ever. A four-metre long alligator was seen strolling through a South Carolina neighbourhood on Monday before it approached a house and rang the doorbell. A neighbour, who recorded the bizarre incident, said the reptile tried to climb over the fence and into the pool in the backyard but decided to go up to the house instead - perhaps it smelled the family’s dog inside the house, he quipped. Fortunately, the home owner wasn’t in when the alligator came knocking and the only damage done was a few scratches on the front door.

China police patrol tourist attractions in Italy to help Chinese tourists
China police patrol tourist attractions in Italy to help Chinese tourists
06 May 2016

China police patrol tourist attractions in Italy to help Chinese tourists

This is further proof that the Chinese are taking over the world. Chinese policemen are not only patrolling the streets of China but also in Italy. As part of a two-week experiment, two policemen started patrolling alongside their Italian counterparts at major attractions in Rome in a bid to provide assistance to the increasing number of Chinese tourists visiting the country. Trained by Italian officials, the officers speak Italian and wear the same uniforms as the local police so they can be easily identified. Another two officers are based in Milan and they will switch cities in the second week.

Photo: Xinhua 

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