Weird news of the week (Apr 4-10)

From an Ikea snooze ban to a record-breaking hamburger, here’s a round-up of the odd news stories of the last seven days from around the world.

IKEA denies snooze ban at China stores
IKEA denies snooze ban at China stores
10 Apr 2015

IKEA denies snooze ban at China stores

Customers can continue to crawl under the duvets for their siestas at IKEA’s China stores after the Swedish furniture denied reports of an in-store snoozing ban.

“I would like to emphasise here, there is no new rule to ban customers sleeping on IKEA products in IKEA stores,” a spokeswoman for company said, adding that shoppers are welcome to touch and try their products. However, the company will not hesitate to put a stop to “any impolite behaviour that will affect other customers or cause inconvenience to other customers”.  

Earlier this week, China media reported that IKEA had banned sleeping in their showrooms after more than half of the beds and sofas in stores were occupied by nappers.

IKEA is renowned for its tolerant stance against nappers and had even designed extra room displays and put up signs inviting customers to sleep on the furniture because it sees it as a future investment - if people visit the store for other reasons, they are more likely to return to buy something.

Photo: TPG images

Kim Jong Un learned to drive at age 3, says North Korean textbook
Kim Jong Un learned to drive at age 3, says North Korean textbook
10 Apr 2015

Kim Jong Un learned to drive at age 3, says North Korean textbook

A new North Korean teacher’s manual that claims the country’s leader Kim Jong Un learned to drive when he was three years old has been distributed to school teachers.

Teachers are expected to teach this in middle and high school as part of a new subject, Kim Jong Un’s Revolutionary Activities, reported South Korean television network YTN.

Other outlandish claims include Kim’s ability to compose music and gift at drawing.  Apparently he also raced a yacht when he was nine.

"At the age of nine, Kim Jong Un raced the chief executive of a foreign yacht company, who was visiting North Korea at the time," the text reads in translation, adding that Kim won the race despite the odds,” said the text.

Photo: EPA/KCNA SOUTH KOREA OUT

Giant burger sets new record in Singapore
Giant burger sets new record in Singapore
10 Apr 2015

Giant burger sets new record in Singapore

What does it take to create Singapore’s largest hamburger? More than 60kg of beef, 100 whole eggs, 15kg of flour and 5kg of onions, according to Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

Measuring 82cm by 40cm and weighing more than 100kg, this whopper of a burger earned itself an entry in the Singapore Book of Records for the largest hamburger in the country.

The hotel said preparations began two months ago to create recipes to ensure that the patty did not break and to find the right solution to bake the giant buns. The burger was later sliced and distributed to guests on Thursday.

Photo: Mandarin Orchard Singapore

2kg hairball found in girl’s stomach
2kg hairball found in girl’s stomach
10 Apr 2015

2kg hairball found in girl’s stomach

Girls, this is why you should not chew your hair.

Doctors were left speechless after they found a massive ball of hair in an eight-year-old girl’s stomach.

The malnourished girl from the Henan province of China had been feeling ill and would vomit up her food after eating.

A CT scan showed that there was an object in her stomach and doctors only realised that it was a hairball after it was removed. The hairball, which weighed around 2kg, had been growing for several years and had begun to block her digestive system.

Photo: Screengrab from Daily Mail Online

Man steals bag of dog poop
Man steals bag of dog poop
10 Apr 2015

Man steals bag of dog poop

A thief who failed to steal a truck was so determined not to leave empty-handed that he decided to grab a bag of dog poop instead.

An Iowa man reportedly filed a police report on Wednesday (Apr 8), saying someone had tried to break into the driver’s side door of his truck. When he failed, the thief checked the bed of the vehicle and took a bag of dog faeces instead.

No suspects have been identified but police say he or she could face third-degree burglary charges.

Tiger Air uses tape to “mend” plane window
Tiger Air uses tape to “mend” plane window
10 Apr 2015

Tiger Air uses tape to “mend” plane window

This sure is an unconventional way to “mend” window cracks.

A photo of Tiger Air using duct tape to “mend” its cabin window has caused a stir online. The image, which showed five pieces of duct tape holding the window frame in place, was first posted on humour site 9GAG last week.

Along with it was the caption: “My window on a Tiger Air flight from Hong Kong to Singapore.”

Read more here.

Casanova’s cheating ways exposed when 17 lovers visit him in hospital
Casanova’s cheating ways exposed when 17 lovers visit him in hospital
10 Apr 2015

Casanova’s cheating ways exposed when 17 lovers visit him in hospital

It may have taken a few years too long but a Chinese Casanova’s cheating ways was finally exposed when 17 of his girlfriends turned up at a hospital after he met with a car accident on March 24.

The man, identified only by his surname Yuan, was taken to the hospital after the crash and when doctors contacted his loved ones, 17 girlfriends turned up.

Read more here.

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