27 DECEMBER 2015
Zhang Ziyi gives birth to baby girl
“Dec 27, 2015, you, me and her… the birth of the little one allowed us to have a family of our own! Everything is well, I am indefinitely grateful!” Zhang captioned the photo
22 APRIL 2015
Taiwan woman honours late husband by inviting strippers to his funeral – See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-woman-honours-late-husband-inviting-strippers-his-funeral#sthash.Gcl2vPRX.dpuf
Ex-principal Yuhei Takashima ‘paid for sex with 12,000 women’ while in the Philippines
Yuhei Takashima had reportedly meticulously catalogued nearly 150,000 photographs of his exploits over a 27-year period in around 400 separate albums because he wanted “to keep the memories”, Jiji Press and other media said
8 SEPTEMBER 2014
Dog ‘cleaned’ in washing machine sparks anger in Hong Kong
Hong Kong police said Sunday they had launched an animal cruelty investigation after a man joked online about killing a dog by trapping it inside a churning washing machine.
27 AUGUST 2014
Chef dies after cobra bites him – 20 minutes after its head was cut off
A chef killed an Indochinese spitting cobra to make a rare delicacy in Guangdong but the snake exacted its revenge 20 minutes later, when its decapitated head bit the man as he was disposing it into a bin
11 AUGUST 2014
Knife falls from sky into Chinese man’s head
A five-inch kitchen knife falls from the sky and enters the head of 57-year-old man in Sichuan province
31 JULY 2014
India employs men in ape suits to drive away parliament’s monkeys
The Indian government is hiring men to pose as menacing langur monkeys to scare off the hundreds of macaques terrorising MPs and staff around its parliament and central government buildings
23 JULY 2014
India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy’s mouth
Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.
2 JULY 2014
Toilet exhibition opens at Tokyo’s science museum
Curators at Tokyo’s science museum have unveiled their latest exhibition, which is all about toilets
10 JUNE 2014
Japan opens first elderly dog retirement home
A Japanese pet company is opening a nursing home for elderly dogs, providing round-the-clock veterinary care, a specialist gym and a swimming pool.
12 MAY 2014
Chinese cosplay beauty is a guy?
Love-struck fans across China, Taiwan and Japan have been voicing their disappointment after finding out about online reports that wrongly stated that the exceptionally cute girl that they adore is a boy.
2 MAY 2014
Man picks up egg using three ton crane
A crane operator in China amazes his colleagues as he uses the heavy machinery to pick up an egg
1 MAY 2014
Dog barks maths answers
Watch as this dog in China does mental arithmetic, giving her answers in barks
23 APRIL 2014
Kim Jong-un’s Emmental envoys rejected by French cheese school
A French college has politely turned its nose up at a request to help three North Korean experts make top-notch cheese to satisfy the tastes of their Emmental-loving supreme leader, Kim Jong-un
21 APRIL 2014
Largest collection of Chinese erotic art on display in Hong Kong
The first dedicated exhibition of erotic art from ancient China is currently on show at Sotheby’s Gallery in Hong Kong
15 APRIL 2014
North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster
When M&M Hair Academy in south Ealing put up the 1-metre-by-1.2-metre poster featuring Kim’s distinctive short back and sides with longer centre parting and the words “Bad hair day?”, they received a visit from disgruntled North Korean officials
Two brothers re-arrested in Pakistan for cannibalism
Two brothers previously jailed for cannibalism and then released, have been arrested again after police discovered a child’s severed head at their home in a remote village in northwest Pakistan
4 APRIL 2014
Court appearance for Pakistani baby charged with attempted murder on police
The 9-month-old child is accused of attempted murder and stoning a team of police and gas company officials who raided the area where his family lives in Lahore
27 FEBRUARY 2014
Parrot helps India police catch murder suspect
Talking parrot has helped the police to crack the case of its owner’s murder after ‘identifying’ the alleged killer
4 FEBRUARY 2014
Hong Kong actor Wu Ma dies of lung cancer
His wife confirmed that Wu had been diagnosed with lung cancer after years of heavy smoking, with his health taking a turn for the worse around 10 months ago when the cancer was declared incurable. Despite the diagnosis, his wife said that he managed to “enjoyed every precious minute with his family.”
8 NOVEMBER 2013
Giant mushroom found in China
The giant puffball fungus was found on a mountainside near the Chinese city of Chongqing
31 OCTOBER 2013
Chinese police find slaughterhouse selling cat meat
Police claim owners of underground abattoir in a village in eastern China were selling cat meat to butchers who then repackaged it and sold it as rabbit
30 OCTOBER 2013
Shanghai police tackle burglars with grease
4 OCTOBER 2013
Penis hotpots and snake blood: Asia’s libido-boosting foods
Beijing – Holding aloft a half-metre long horse penis, chef Xiao Shan confidently declares it “the most delicious” of the ingredients in a Chinese hotpot of male genitalia, one of many supposed Asian remedies to boost the libido
27 SEPTEMBER 2013
Chinese doctor builds new nose on man’s forehead
A surgeon in China says he has constructed an extra nose out of a man’s rib cartilage and implanted it under the skin of his forehead to prepare for a transplant in probably the first operation of its kind.
18 SEPTEMBER 2013
Beluga whales learn how to paint
The whales at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama will be showing off their skills with specially adapted paintbrushes that they can hold in their mouths, a spokesman for the aquarium said.
8 SEPTEMBER 2013
Chinese Mother Arrested for Breastfeeding on Moped
A woman in Henan Province was pulled over by police after she was spotted breastfeeding her baby while riding a moped in busy traffic.
4 SEPTEMBER 2013
‘Ex-lover asked for sex 6 times daily’
A Bosnian man, who claimed that he was used by his ex-lover for sex and to get a child with European genes, filed a suit against the woman seeking RM600,000 (S$230,000) in compensation.
30 AUGUST 2013
Woman in Taiwan gets 298 years in jail for adultery
A Taiwan court has sentenced a woman to 298 years in jail for extra-marital relation with her married neighbor
‘Walking’ shark discovered in Indonesia
A new species of shark that “walks” along the seabed using its fins as tiny legs has been discovered in eastern Indonesia, an environmental group said Friday.
23 AUGUST 2013
Beijing hotel cleaned toilets and drinking glasses with room towels
The general manager of a Beijing hotel has made a public apology after staff were discovered to have been using guest towels to clean toilets and drinking glasses, reports the state-run news agency Xinhua.
20 AUGUST 2013
Men in China to face fines for not peeing straight
Men in the Chinese city of Shenzhen will soon be penalised if they miss the target when using public urinals.
8 AUGUST 2013
Vietnamese father and son found living in a treehouse for 40 years
A father and son who fled their village during the Vietnam War 40 years ago have apparently been discovered living in a treehouse deep in the jungle.
7 AUGUST 2013
China’s Xinhua news agency falls for satirical Amazon report
China’s official news agency, Xinhua, became the laughing stock of the internet on Thursday after it reprinted a satirical report claiming Amazon founder Jeff Bezos had purchased the Washington Post by accidentally clicking on the newspaper.
22 JULY 2013
Tokyo young women’s thighs used as advertising space
A PR agent in Tokyo is trying to get attention in the advert-saturated capital by placing adverts on young women’s thighs. Participants, who must be over 18, are recommended to wear miniskirts and long socks to draw attention to the campaigns. More than 3,000 women registered to give up their skin to become ‘billboards’
21 JULY 2013
China: Girl with head stuck in a 70m-high apartment window rescued
A five-year-old girl from Hubei province, eastern China, is saved by firefighters after getting her head stuck in window bars. The girl is treacherously perched on the outside of the building, 70m up, before firefighters break in and cutting through the bars. The crying child is wrapped in a sheet and helped into the apartment by the workers and a neighbour
15 JULY 2013
Singapore – A woman has been arrested after she boarded a bus while naked.
5 JULY 2013
Fat Malaysian orang utan put on diet
An obese orang utan has been put on a strict diet by Malaysian wildlife authorities after two decades of gorging on junk food handed out by tourists, a report said on Friday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130705-434920.html
12 JUNE 2013
Chinese farmer jailed for making a rubber alien
As proof of extraterrestrial life, one Chinese farmer’s crudely built rubber alien, stashed in a chest freezer in his garage, was rather unconvincing. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10115832/Chinese-farmer-jailed-for-making-a-rubber-alien.html
8 JUNE 2013
Philippines dog Kabang returns home after face surgery
A dog that lost half her face saving two girls from an oncoming motorcycle has returned to the Philippines after eight months of treatment in the US. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22827514
30 MAY 2013
Obama is Kenyan, according to his fake Chinese ID
A Chinese police officer conducting random checks in an internet cafe received the shock of his life when he was handed an ID card featuring the photo and details of the US president, Barack Obama, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130530000111&cid=1303
23 MAY 2013
Japanese 80-year-old claims Everest record
An 80-year old Japanese mountaineer has reached the summit of Mount Everest, making him the oldest man to scale the world’s highest peak. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22634683
18 APRIL 2013
Japan woman, 77, got $5 million from man for sex and love
A 77-year-old woman who received US$4 million (S$5 million) from a 79-year-old man in exchange for sexual and romantic favours has been ordered to repay the cash by a court in Japan http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130418-416963.html
9 APRIL 2013
Anti-Rape Underwear Could Protect Indian Women from Assault
Three engineering students in the Indian state of Chennai have created a GPS-equipped anti-rape device that they claimed on Tuesday will become an “instant solution” to sexual attacks on women in India, highlighted by the death of a girl allegedly gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi in December http://www.voanews.com/content/anti-rape-underwear-could-protect-indian-women-from-assault/1637766.html
5 APRIL 2013
Super Spider Discovered in Sri Lanka
Arachnophobes beware! Your worst nightmare has been discovered in the form of a venomous and quick-moving tarantula the size of your face that lives in the forests of northern Sri Lanka. http://www.voanews.com/content/face-sized-tarnatula-discoverd-in-sri-lanka/1635634.html
16 FEBRUARY 2013
Animals have feelings too. This is what this next story is telling us — if proven real
8 FEBRUARY 2013
Malaysia seeks help abroad over dead Borneo elephants
Malaysian authorities said Friday they are seeking help from forensic experts in Thailand and Australia after their own tests failed to establish if 14 rare Borneo pygmy elephants were killed by poison. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130208-401146.html
17 JANUARY 2013
1,000 Cats Saved from Slaughter after Truck Accident
5 JANUARY 2013
Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76m in Tokyo
A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year — even as environmentalists warn that stocks of the majestic, speedy fish are being depleted worldwide amid strong demand for sushi. http://asiancorrespondent.com/94810/bluefin-tuna-sells-for-record-1-76m-in-tokyo/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9782074/Bluefin-tuna-sells-for-record-1-million.html
5 DECEMBER 2012
World’s tallest woman dies in China at age 39
Guinness World Records in January 2010 had certified her as the world’s tallest living woman at 7 feet and 7 inches (233.3 centimeters).
28 NOVEMBER 2012
China’s party paper falls for ‘Onion’ joke about Kim
The online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive” — apparently unaware it is satire.
17 NOVEMBER 2012
Chinese man wins lawsuit against “ugly wife”
A man from northern China sued his wife for being ugly and giving birth to an ugly child.
13 NOVEMBER 2012
Indian relay champion charged with rape and fraud
A female Indian relay champion has been charged with rape and fraud after police claimed a medical report confirmed she is a man.
8 NOVEMBER 2012
10,000 bottles of red wine found in abandoned Chinese house
Some 10,000 bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild red wine has been found in a derelict house in China.
2 NOVEMBER 2012
Chinese cats saved from the cooking pot
Police in the eastern Chinese city of Xuzhou have intercepted a lorry carrying 500 cats destined for the cooking pot.
7 SEPTEMBER 2012
The Daegu International Body Painting Festival 2012 in South Korea
2 SEPTEMBER 2012
Creative and unconventional coffins
Funerals are traditionally solemn affairs. However, some people have opted to add a creative touch to their final resting place. Here are some examples of imaginative and unusual coffins from around the world.
28 AUGUST 2012
Taiwan minister calls on men to sit down to pee
Taiwan’s environmental minister is calling on the island’s men to sit down when they urinate in order to keep toilets clean, drawing a mixed reaction from the public.
23 AUGUST 2012
Man bites snake in Nepal
A Nepalese farmer who was bitten by a venomous snake took revenge by sinking his teeth into the reptile and killing it, police said on Thursday.
21 AUGUST 2012
Chinese fisherman hooks £300,000 fish
The fisherman, whose identity has not been revealed, caught a Chinese Bahaba, or Giant Yellow Croaker, off the coast of Fujian province last week. After a bidding war, a local fishmonger paid him three million yuan (£300,000) for the 176lb fish, or £1,700 a pound, according to the Strait News, a local newspaper in Fujian
3 AUGUST 2012
Cage dogs of Hong Kong: The tragedy of tens of thousands living in 6ft by 2ft rabbit hutches – in a city with more Louis Vuitton shops than Paris
18 JULY 2012
Blind mum raises son as a girl by mistake
A mother raised her son as a girl for thirteen years, due to a combination of a rare medical condition and her loss of sight.
15 JULY 2012
Indian villagers hold frog wedding to bring rain
With five priests chanting scriptures, a frog groom named Punarvasu and his amphibian bride Pushala were joined in holy Hindu matrimony by villagers hoping the ancient custom will bring monsoon rains to their drought-stricken district.
6 JULY 2012
Indonesian smoking orang-utan to kick the habit
Tori is a teenager with a bad habit. The 15-year-old orang-utan has been smoking cigarettes at an Indonesian zoo for a decade, but she’s about to go cold turkey.
28 JUNE 2012
Woman driver strips naked to prevent medical rescue
A woman is in custody after lying naked in front of an ambulance that was trying to reach a mother and daughter she is accused of hitting with her car, police said.
26 JUNE 2012
Japan police probe man who cooked own genitals
Mao Sugiyama had his penis and testicles surgically removed in March and kept them frozen for two months before cooking them at a public event in May. Diners each paid 20,000 yen ($250) for a portion.
21 JUNE 2012
TV News reporter gets it wrong: “Mystery mushroom” turns out to be sex toy
Saw this on a chinese site..this kind of story ah..
“Mystery mushroom” which leaves Xi’an villagers befuddled turns out to be artificial vajayjay
Xi’an Up Close 《西安零距离》, an investigative journalism programme which airs on Xi’an TV, has become a national laughing stock after airing a report on June 17 on a “mystery mushroom” which was discovered by villagers in a rural part of the city
17 JUNE 2012 (from archives)
Grown Woman Eaten by Python [Very Graphic]
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15 JUNE 2012
Indian female relay champion ‘a man’
An Indian women former international relay champion is in fact a man, according to her female partner who has accused her of rape and fraud. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9334185/Indian-female-relay-champion-a-man.html
12 JUNE 2012
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi files libel suit over Bo Xilai sex claims
The Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi has filed a libel suit in Hong Kong against the Apple Daily newspaper and its sister publication, Next Magazine, over allegations linking her to Bo Xilai. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9327045/Crouching-Tiger-Hidden-Dragon-star-Zhang-Ziyi-files-libel-suit-over-Bo-Xilai-sex-claims.html
4 JUNE 2012
Spider invasion spooks Indian village
Panicked villagers in a remote Indian state complained Monday of an invasion of giant venomous spiders that resemble tarantulas but are unknown to local specialists
31 MAY 2012
Dead Japan woman kept in freezer ‘up to 10 years’
An 80-year-old man was being questioned in Japan on Wednesday on suspicion of strangling his wife and keeping her body in the freezer for up to 10 years, police and media reports said
30 MAY 2012
Stray dog follows bikers over 1,100 miles to Tibet
A stray dog has become China’s newest celebrity after latching onto a group of cyclists and traveling more than 1,100 miles over at least 12 mountains, some as high as 13,000 feet, in China’s southwestern Tibetan Plateau
25 MAY 2012
Japanese man cooks, serves own genitals
A Japanese artist cooked his own genitals and served them to five paying diners in Tokyo to cover the medical costs, in a bizarre act to raise awareness about sexual minorities. Mao Sugiyama had his penis and testicles surgically removed in March and kept them frozen for two months before dishing them out – seasoned and braised – to customers at an event hall on May 13, according to postings on his Twitter account and local police.
19 MAY 2012
73-year-old becomes oldest woman to climb Mount Everest
Tamae Watanabe reached the top of the 8,848-meter (29,028 feet) peak at 7 a.m, according to Ang Tshering, of the China Tibet Mountaineering Association. Watanabe climbed Everest from the nothern slope in Tibet-China and started on her final part of her climb at 8:30 p.m. Friday leaving the 8,300-meter staging area with three sherpas
18 MAY 2012
A pair of melons sell for nearly £8,000 in Japan
The box set of two melons was sold in the northern city Yubari, a region famed for the fruit, at the first auction of its annual melon harvest.
20 APRIL 2012
Rare Golden Snapper Fetches $38,000
Only four golden snappers are caught in the Bay of Bengal every year. This year, one caught in Chittagong became an overnight sensation.
17 APRIL 2012
Japanese island man lives as naked hermit
Dangerous currents swirl around Sotobanari island, which has not a drop of natural water, and local fishermen rarely land there. But 76-year-old Masafumi Nagasaki has made this kidney-shaped island in Japan’s tropical Okinawa prefecture his retirement home, with an unusual dress code: nothing at all
16 APRIL 2012
Japanese woman, 73, in record Everest attempt
A 73-year-old Japanese mountaineer who became the oldest woman to conquer Mount Everest a decade ago is attempting to smash her own record, organisers said on Monday. Tamae Watanabe made history when she reached the world’s highest peak on May 16, 2002, taking the title of world’s oldest female Everest summiteer from Poland’s Anna Czerwinska.
6 APRIL 2012
Five charged after Chinese teen sells kidney to buy iPhone
Five people in southern China have been charged with intentional injury in the case of a Chinese teenager who sold a kidney so he could buy an iPhone and an iPad, the government-run Xinhua News Agency said on Friday 6
4 APRIL 2012
Rare Yangtze fish sells at thousands per kilo
The Yangtze Saury, a once commonly seen fish and one of the three famous breeds of the Yangtze River, has deceased dramatically in number and is now being sold at a top price of 16,000 yuan/ kilo (2540 USD/kilo), reports City Evening News
1 APRIL 2012
Forced Evictions in China and a Bucket of Scorpions
Straight out of a Grade B horror flick, residents of an apartment complex in Shenzen, China, which borders Hong Kong, woke to find hundreds of scorpions invading their homes and covering their floors
20 MARCH 2012
Taiwan’s ‘pork barreling’ campaign
In what might be called a “pork barreling” move, Liu Chien-kuo and Chen Ming-wen, both from Taiwan’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), proposed that the country’s 270,000 servicemen eat a kilogram of pork a day. The proposal was meant to alleviate the plight of pig farmers in Taiwan
28 FEBRUARY 2012
China’s ‘most loyal dog’ waits 8 hours everyday for owner
A Chongqing dog has fascinated Chinese netizens, likening him to the faithful Japanese dog known as Hachiko. For four years now, the dog, known as Wang Cai, has been seen waiting outside the doors of a local bank from 9am. He moves little, does not accept food, and chases away other dogs from his spot
17 FEBRUARY 2012
China fire kills 150 cats in woman’s home: Report
About 150 stray cats cared for by an elderly woman died in a blaze at her home in Beijing, a report said Saturday.
9 FEBRUARY 2012
Thai man marries dead girlfriend in funeral-wedding ceremony
A Thai man married his dead girlfriend in a funeral-wedding ceremony in Surin, Thailand after she passed away in a traffic accident
5 FEBRUARY 2012
Japan’s Celebration of Spring: Penis and Vagina Festivals
Dating back more than 1,500 years, Japan’s rites of spring are deeply rooted in its agricultural past. As in all the world’s ancient cultures, such observances were believed to promote a successful harvest and produce many babies. It is ironic that Japan’s Penis and Vagina Festival is an annual event dating back to ancient times and today that nation has one of the world’s lowest birth rates
12 JANUARY 2012
World’s smallest frog discovered in Papua New Guinea
The world’s smallest vertebrate — animals that have a backbone — is a frog that could sit within the confines of your fingernail, a new study reports. Scientists found the new species, which on average is just 7.7 millimeters long, in the southwestern Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea
24 NOVEMBER 2011
Pakistan woman ‘killed and cooked husband’ in Karachi
Police in Pakistan say they have arrested a woman for killing and cooking her husband in the southern city of Karachi. Zainab Ahmed’s nephew was also detained in connection with the murder. Neither suspect has made any comment.