Asia Pacific / Offbeat Apr 29, 2018

Fruit's pungent smell mistaken for gas leak, prompts panic

The pungent smell of the rotten durian fruit at an Australian university library has been mistaken for a gas leak, prompting an evacuation of the building. Specialist crews wearing masks searched the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology university campus library Saturday, but all they found ...

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Feb 14, 2018

Chinese woman follows handbag into X-ray scanner

A woman in southern China was so attached to her handbag that she crawled into an X-ray security scanner rather than let it out of her sight. A video showing the woman's silhouette as she passed through the X-ray machine at a railway station Sunday ...

Chinese university mocked over 'toilet building'

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Sep 27, 2017

Chinese university mocked over 'toilet building'

China has another entry when it comes to buildings that look suspiciously like something else: a 12-story university block strongly resembling a giant toilet. Architects have had a field day in China in recent years with a number of outlandish designs springing up across the ...

Koala survives trip in wheel well

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Sep 17, 2017

Koala survives trip in wheel well

For a stowaway who made a 10-mile (16-kilometer) journey squeezed in the wheel well, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches. The driver of the four-wheel vehicle was unaware of the extra passenger until they arrived at their destination in the outskirts of ...