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HK Magazine Archive

Last Week in Viral News

We take a look back at the local news that spread like wildfire.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 March, 2016, 5:53pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:02pm

Mar 19, Sat: An employee at the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong’s Chai Wan office arrives at the office to discover two notices on the door have been vandalized, and soup and instant noodles have been spilled on the threshold. Police classify the case as criminal damage.

Mar 20, Sun: A Facebook post seeking the advice of other netizens goes viral. In the post, the Facebook user describes how he took his friend’s advice and tried to get rid of a bad smell in his microwave by microwaving a sock, but ended up with an even fouler smelling microwave oven and an “odorless sock.” He announces that he has ended the friendship, and is still looking for a solution to deodorize his microwave.

Mar 21, Mon: At around 7am, a passerby comes across a taxi parked in the road in Kwun Tung. The driver appears to be unconscious and the taxi’s left front tire has been removed. Concerned that there has been an accident, the passerby calls the police, who arrive at the scene and rouse the driver. The driver explains that he felt tired while changing a punctured tire, and so returned to the car to take a break. Police administer a breathalyzer test, which the driver fails.

Mar 22, Tue: A netizen posts a wedding invitation from a female colleague to an online forum. The invitation includes two bank account numbers—one for HSBC, the other for Bank of China—along with a request for the recipient to make a contribution to their unborn child’s education fund. Recipients are reminded to bring the advice slip to the wedding as proof of their gift.

Mar 23, Wed: On Lion Rock, police find the body of a 35 year-old man who had been reported missing on Monday. The man left a suicide note documenting his frustration with being unjustly fired from his job and being unable to provide for his family, as well as his body odor, which prompted a colleague to call him “shit man.” The note reveals that the man had sought medical attention for his problem, but a doctor gave him the all clear.

Mar 24, Thu: A man returns to his Yuen Long flat and hears strange noises coming from within. Unable to open his door, he suspects that someone is in his flat and calls the police. After the police break the door down and enter the flat, they discover a 28-year-old man inside with $20,000 in cash, a pipe and a cigarette case containing a small amount of marijuana. He is arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of dangerous drugs.

Mar 25, Fri: A man tries to steal six tins of milk powder worth more than $1,500 from a Sheung Shui pharmacy. A staff member sees him and stops the man from escaping by binding him to the bamboo scaffolding outside the building with a roll of cling film. He then hangs a sign that reads “I am a thief” from his neck. Police arrive and arrest the man.