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Omprakash Mishra, sex robots, hair nails: This week’s six bizarre stories you can’t miss

Your Sunday guide to this week’s weirdest stories.

lifestyle Updated: Sep 17, 2017 13:32 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Omprakash Mishra’s cringiest of cringe-pop songs, ‘Bol na aunty aaun kya’, enjoyed its moment in the sun today. (Screen grab)

It’s Sunday and you are in a mood to relax. What better time to reflect on how the world is a strange, strange place?

Just in the span of the last week, our fellow humans have left no stone unturned to be involved in bizarre things. From science to makeup to singing, here’s your guide to this week’s six weirdest stories that will make you laugh or squirm or simply go, what the hell?

1) A bunch of people assembled to shout ‘Bol na aunty aaun kya’ in the middle of Connaught Place

Monday started on a weird note when a bunch of people gathered in Delhi’s Connaught Place to loudly shout ‘Bol na aunty aaun kya’, a viral YouTube sensation by Indian Idol reject Omprakash Mishra. The song (if you can call it that), has some level A explicit, offensive lyrics about a young guy’s creepy obsession with an older woman.

Mishra’s obscure song slowly became a viral hit after the success of Dhinchak Pooja’s Selfie Maine Le Li Aaj pushed cringe pop into the mainstream. The song was taken down by YouTube due to a copyright complaint, but has sparked heated discussions over its lyrics, as well as the cringe-pop trend.

2) A sex robot appears as a guest on a morning talk show

British network ITV’s This Morning show had an unusual guest this week. A walking, talking sex robot who talked philosophy and science.

Samatha’s ‘creator’ Arran Lee Squire, a father of two, helped develop the hyper-realistic doll with artificial intelligence. The £4,000 doll (approximately Rs 3,44,360) is on sale at sex shops, according to a DailyPost report, and Squire said it can be used by couples to spice up their love lives.

3) Amateur interpreter uses ‘pizza’, ‘monster’, ‘bear’ in sign language during Irma briefing

An American county’s last-minute decision to rope in an amateur interpreter for a press briefing on Hurricane Irma did not go down as planned.

Manatee County leaders asked Marshall Greene to pitch in, but lifeguard who uses sign language to communicate with his brother, signed words such as “pizza”, “monster” and “bear” that were completely unrelated.

4) Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes

The world of science did its best to honour weirdness this week at the Ig Nobel awards. Scientists debating whether cats were solid or liquid or how holding a crocodile can influence gambling or a very helpful study on how playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were the recipients of the awards that aim to highlight scientific research that makes people think in unusual ways.

Didgeridoo instructor Alex Suarez, center, demonstrates the Ig Nobel Peace prize-winning study, "Didgeridoo Playing as Alternative Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome," during the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard University. (REUTERS)

5) Rabbit isn’t a cute pet, it’s meat: Maduro govt’s plan to feed the hungry in Venezuela

Venezuela’s government this week urged citizens to see rabbits as more than “cute pets” as it defended a plan to breed and eat them to tide over food shortage. The “Rabbit Plan” is an effort by the government of President Nicolas Maduro to boost food availability.

6) ‘Hair nails’: The new beauty trend we hope will die a quick death

The world of makeup and beauty is pretty consistent in introducing the world to new, why-would-you-want-do this trends. So after braided brows and squiggle lips, one creative beauty blogger decided that the world urgently needed ‘hair nails’.

Illusionist Dain Yoon has introduced the world to a new beauty trend: hair nails. (Twitter handle @designdain)

First Published: Sep 17, 2017 13:12 IST