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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 : Thursday, 26 May, 2016, 4:10pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:09pm

May 14, Sat: A post to Facebook goes viral: It depicts a man walking his dog in Tin Shui Wai who gets impatient and commands it to walk faster. Fed up, he picks up the dog by the scruff of the neck as they cross the road. When they get to the other side, he drops it from waist level to the ground.

May 15, Sun: In the morning, two women are found sleeping on newspapers in front of an indoor ATM in Sheung Shui. Next to them are a suitcase and two pairs of shoes they have kicked off. A passerby takes a photo of them and uploads it to Facebook. Noting the 24-hour surveillance and air-conditioning, a netizen says the women have chosen a good spot for their overnight stay.

May 16, Mon: Outside a duty-free store in Tsim Sha Tsui, a young boy bends over as his mother cleans his buttocks. He has just defecated on the ground, and it appears that someone has stepped on his feces. Passersby are shocked, and some stop to take photos of the boy, who looks confused. Netizens are outraged: Some wonder whether the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department should step in.

May 17, Tue: At around 1pm, a mouse appears at the back of a Yau Ma Tei-bound MTR train. Several passengers run towards the front of the train, away from the mouse. A child walks up to the creature out of curiosity, which seems to alarm it, causing it to turn around and dash towards a row of seats. A woman jumps onto a seat, screaming. The mouse runs towards the front of the train as passengers dart out of its way, and then disappears. The MTR says an inspection revealed no mice but they have disinfected the train.

May 18, Wed: On a public bus, a bald man is seen shaving with an electric razor. He runs the shaver over his head several times and later works on his chin. A fellow passenger captures this on his smartphone and uploads it to YouTube. One netizen says she’d be horrified if she were sitting behind the bald man, and another laments, “You know this is Hong Kong because nobody bothered to tell him to stop.”

May 19, Thu: A photo of a notice at a store entrance goes viral: The notice reads in Chinese “Boss beaten up by wife, shop closed today.” Netizens speculate that the notice was actually penned by the shop owner’s mistress, and one netizen suggests helping the shop owner compose a notice for the following day: “Wife can’t get enough of giving boss a beating, shop closed for another day.”

May 20, Fri: In a car park, a man sees a black luxury car with a red pool noodle strapped along its side. He posts a photo of the car to Facebook, deducing that the noodle acts as a bumper to prevent dents and scratches from other car doors. A netizen suggests that the driver should use a black pool noodle so it blends better with the car body.