Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

From Nivea’s “body shaming” ad to “Spocked” $5 bills, here’s a round-up of the bizarre news stories of the last seven days from around the world.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
06 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Nivea slammed for “body shaming” deodorant ad

Beauty brand Nivea has been slammed for its “disrespectful” ad which stigmatises women with dark underarms.

In what was supposed to be a humourous ad to promote Nivea’s Extra White & Firm Q10 Deodorant, the video shows YouTube star Maimunah Bagharib, better known as Munah, being shunned for having  dark armpits.

The three-minute clip, which was posted on Nivea Singapore’s Facebook page on February 28, was removed after it was crticised for “promoting shame and insecurity about our bodies”.

“So sad that women have been portrayed as the pariah of society just because of their dark underarms,” netizen Su Hee commented on Facebook.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
06 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Canadians asked to stop “Spocking” $5 bills

Canadians have been paying tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy in a strange way – by drawing his famous Star Trek character, Spock, on the face of former Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier on $5 bills.

Fans have been “Spocking” notes for years, but the trend gathered pace last week after the actor’s death on February 27.

While it was not illegal to add Spock's Vulcan ears, slanted eyebrows and bowl haircut to the notes, the Bank of Canada says it was “inappropriate” as the notes are “a symbol of our country and a source of national pride”.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
06 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Girl gets head stuck between metal poles

It baffles us how this girl got herself into this sticky situation.

A girl was left red-faced after she got her head wedged between two metal poles at a train station in Perth on Tuesday (Mar 3).

Firefighters used tools to loosen the partition and the girl managed to free herself after 20 minutes. She was not injured.

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)
06 Mar 2015

Weird news of the week (Feb 27 – Mar 6)

Cross-dressing peeping Tom arrested

This peeping Tom probably thought he had a foolproof plan when he decided to dress up as a woman to peep inside a female toilet at ITE College West in Choa Chu Kang on Monday (Mar 2).

However, the 21-year-old man, who was dressed in a black T-shirt, mini skirt and a long-haired wig (he even shaved his legs!), was caught red-handed and even had his shameful ways recorded and circulated online.

In a video on YouTube, the man could be seen pleading on his knees to be let off, claiming that it was his “fetish”. He was later arrested for criminal trespass. 

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