Giant Duck Appears in Hong Kong… And Other News

Giant Duck in Hong Kong

Giant duck terrorizes Hong Kong! Not really, but a giant yellow duck has made it’s way into Hong Kong’s harbor.

The Hong Kongers were super excited as they had been on “giant duck watch” for the last two weeks. The man behind the giant duck is Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, whose art project has travelled all around the world, floating into the harbours of Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paolo and Amsterdam. The duck’s next stop is the US, but Hofman won’t disclose the exact location. My guess is somewhere coastal. CNN

Indian Spy DeadWhat’s worse than dropping the soap in prison? Getting beaten to death! An Indian man on death row in Pakistan has died after being attacked by his fellow prisons. Sarabjit Singh, 51, was accused of espionage in connection with bombings in two Pakistani cities in 1990 but has always maintained his innocence. His death has created some diplomatic tension between India and Pakistan. Indians have accused Pakistani authorities of foul play, prompting some lawmakers to shout “Death to Pakistan” in parliament. On the bright side, Pakistan saved some money on lethal injections. New York Times

Yogurt Gone WrongKindergarten rivalries can lead to poisoned yogurt. Two children died in northern China as a result of drinking yogurt tainted with rat poison. The kindergarten students began convulsing and foaming at the mouth after drinking the yogurt. The culprit? The head of a rival kindergarten confessed to putting poison in the yogurt because the two schools were competing for students. That seems a little extreme. A pedophile rumour would have been more appropriate and far less deadly. BBC News

Brenda Goes MissingCastaway 2.0. But much trashier and by choice. A Pennsylvania woman who abruptly vanished 11 years ago turned up last week after she gave herself in to Florida police. Brenda Heist, 53, left her life in 2002 while going through a divorce and financial difficulties. She befriended some homeless people in a park who invited her on a month long hitchhiking trip through Florida. Seems legit. Heist, who has been presumed dead since 2010, spent the 11 years living with a man in camper, occasionally being homeless, and working day labour jobs to make ends meet.  Heist turned herself in to police in Key Largo on the weekend and told them she was a missing person. Her ex-husband was not happy. The Independent

Former NaziIt doesn’t always pay to be a Nazi. A German broadcast station has announced it will stop airing old episodes of the television crime show “Derrick” after it was revealed that its star had belonged to Hitler’s notorious Waffen SS. Horst Tappert, who plays the lead character in the show, served in the Totenkopf panzer division. Military archives showed Tappert joined the Waffen SS at the latest in 1943 when he was 20. Tapper, who died in 2008, never mentioned his Nazi past to his colleagues. BBC News

Nobamacare in South CarolinaSouth Carolina really hates Obamacare. In fact, they hate it so much that the South Carolina House passed a “nullification” bill today, declaring Obamacare to be “null and void.” Not only that, but the bill criminalizes its implementation. The nullification bill intends to “prohibit certain individuals from enforcing or attempting to enforce such unconstitutional laws; and to establish criminal penalties and civil liability for violating this article.” Raw Story

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