The chairman of the Heung Yee Kuk put Hongkongers on edge when he picked out one of the most unlucky sticks possible in a Taoist ceremony to predict the city's fortunes for the year. Stick 95 represented a warning to watch out for "wicked people" and is the same stick pulled out in 2003 - the year of the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak.
The Chinese sportswoman achieved glory at the London Olympics with a silver medal at the age of 24. She could have been expected to star at a couple more games, but her sport - wrestling - has, for now, been voted out of the Olympics from 2020.
The rising star of the US Republican party was all set to make a big splash on the national stage when he delivered his party's official response to President Barack Obama's state of the union speech. But his appearance proved to be a damp squib - with most of the reaction focusing on his awkward reach off screen to grab a bottle of water.