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"Furby: Turning Thai people crazy since 1998"

PETITION

Ah, America, the land of the free. In fact, there's so much freedom that the White House website allows citizens to create petitions for their government to consider. What request was posted to the site last week for the Obama administration to ponder?

A)Correcting the spelling of such words as "favorite/gray/color" to the proper spelling of "favourite/grey/colour".

B)Deporting Dennis Rodman from the US and having him become a citizen of North Korea.

C)Making it illegal to produce reality shows that feature "celebrities" who have done nothing.

D)Changing the national anthem from "The Star-Spangled Banner" to R. Kelly's 2003 hit, "Ignition (Remix)". With over 9,000 signatures at the time of writing, the petition states: "We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognise the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen." If you think this is a good idea (it is), then you have until Apr 2 to help the petition reach its goal of 100,000 signatures.

CRIME

Why were four Chinese men recently jailed and facing more than two years in prison?

A)Because they tried to unblock Facebook in the country.

B)Because they refused to buy anything that said "Made in China".

C)Because they opened a restaurant that only serves cuisine made from endangered animals.

D)Because they were digging up female corpses and selling the bodies for "ghost marriages". The ancient ritual involves burying recently deceased women alongside dead bachelors so they can be together in the afterlife. Although the practice isn't as common today, some families in northern China try to find a corpse spouse for their dead children so ghosts won't come back to haunt them. The four men have allegedly been robbing graves since 2011, and made almost $40,000 (B1.19 million) off 10 stolen ghost brides before getting nabbed.

SCAM

A Thai woman recently scammed numerous customers on Instagram (more like Insta-scam), and reportedly netted more than 5 million baht. What product did she dupe people into buying?

A)Whitening cream.

B)Deep-fried insects.

C)Badminton rackets.

D)Furby dolls. The woman, who was arrested and subsequently released on bail, faces fraud charges for posting advertisements on Instagram offering the owl-like robotic toy for B2,990 each, B1,005 below the listed retail price. However buyers never received their Furby dolls. Many customers filed complaints with police, and some of the victims will receive compensation for the money they lost. While it definitely sucks to be scammed, it's also ridiculous that the Furby craze has reached such batsh*t insane proportions.

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Writer: Sumati Sivasiamphai
Position: Guru Editor