MALAYSIA: A lot of women have fallen victim to this coffee-flavoured beverage that makes drinkers hot and dizzy and even forces them to tear their clothes off their bodies. The drink has been doing the rounds of nightclubs in Hong Kong and is said to have come from mainland China, reports Nanyang Siang Pau.
The so-called beverage comes in the form of powder and is similar to coffee but contains several stimulants, which causes the drinkers to behave shockingly. Each 100gm of sachet was reportedly sold for between HK$ 3,000 and HK$ 4,000 dollars, said the daily.
'Poop-powered' bike, anyone?
TOKYO: Japan's best-known toilet maker on Wednesday unveiled a "poop-powered" motorcycle that can travel as far as 300 kilometres on a tank filled with animal waste.
Billed as the world's first waste-powered vehicle, the three-wheeler has a toilet in place of a regular seat and huge paper roll at the back.
But as a young female model climbed aboard for a test drive Wednesday, toilet giant TOTO was quick to point out that she would not supply the "gas".
"The biogas it uses as fuel is not made from human waste. It's made from livestock waste and sewage," Kenji Fujita, a company spokesman, told reporters in a Tokyo suburb.
"We hope to raise awareness among customers about our green campaign through development of environmentally-friendly products such as water-saving showerheads and water-saving toilets," Fujita added.
The company - which makes toilets equipped with an array of features including heated seats, water jets with pressure and temperature controls, and ambient background music - has no plans to commercialise the motorcycle. (AFP)
Teen pops head out of bus, hits overpass, dies
NEW JERSEY: A teenager headed to a Sweet 16 party was killed after he stuck his head out of the emergency hatch of a double-decker bus and hit the underside of a highway overpass, police said.
Daniel Fernandez, of Sayreville, NJ, was among 65 teens aboard the bus Friday night as it crossed the George Washington Bridge from New York City, said Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police. The 16-year-old was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The accident occurred at the Fletcher Avenue overpass of Interstate 95 at about 6:30 pm.
Alex Franco, a security guard on the bus, told the Daily News that he had warned the teens to leave the hatch alone.
"I told them not to open the hatch, like three or four times, but kids, they don't understand," he said.
Franco said he went downstairs to tell the driver that it was getting too hot.
"It was very hot. Everybody was dancing. Two, five minutes I was downstairs," he said. "Then I heard two guys screaming, 'Oh, my God, oh, my God.'"
Designer Transportation, which operates the bus, expressed its "deepest heartfelt sympathy" for the boy's family. It says it plans to conduct an internal investigation.
Now a luxury hotel for dogs
NEW YORK: An expansive bed with soft pillows, a flat-screen TV, a gym and chef-crafted meals - at New York's first luxury hotel for dogs, opening in a few weeks, nothing's too good for man's best friend.
The 9,700-sq-ft hotel in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood aims to ensure "the dog is getting the same quality as a human being does," explained one of its three co-owners, Shawn Hassanzadeh.
"As a New Yorker, when you go on vacation, and you stay in a fabulous hotel, with fabulous services, your dog is staying in a fabulous hotel with fabulous services," he explained to AFP.
Only the two fanciest suites will offer double beds - but even the smaller "standard" rooms will have televisions and, in some, DVD players, in case the pet parents want to bring a special show or a compilation of family photos.
"A lot of parents find that when a dog stays at home alone, TV keeps them company," a second co-owner, Kerry Brown, explained. (AFP)
Missing woman goes in search of herself
ICELAND: An absent-minded tourist unknowingly went in search of herself after she was reported missing.
Described as a 160 cm tall Asian woman, dressed in dark clothes and one who spoke English well was announced missing in Iceland, The Reykjavik Grapevine reported.
The weekend-long search began after a woman left the bus and did not return.
When the description of the missing woman was circulated, the lady did not recognise it and began searching with the other tourists on the bus.
A simple misunderstanding had created the chaos as the lady had disembarked the bus to freshen up and then boarded it clad in a different outfit. As a result people did not recognise her and reported her missing.
Finally realisation struck the woman that the lady they were searching for was none other than herself, she informed the police that she was safe.
The search was called off immediately.