There is no shortage of strange news in Vietnam. Here are some of the headlines that have turned many heads
Censors hardly ever bring good news. This year they announced their intention to keep all sex scenes in movies within five seconds. Filmmakers protested the plan, saying it is simply too hard to stop after five seconds.
Clearly the winner of all shocking stories in 2015. Hanoi police in January seized a truck smuggling more than three tons of cats, all alive, to sell to restaurants in Vietnam. The cats were later culled, because all smuggled products are required to be destroyed.
Twenty-two people were relieving themselves along a highway in the central province of Quang Ngai when a swarm of angry bees attacked them, causing all to be hospitalized.
A luxury diamond-encrusted phone somehow fell into a closed Seat Electronic Box under a passenger seat on a Vietnam Airlines flight to France in October. The phone owner reported the lost property, and the phone was only found by a team of technicians a month later.
A Ho Chi Minh City man ended up at his birthday party alone on April 1 after his mobile network did not send his text messages to his friends, thinking they were spam messages for April Fool's Day.
In July, senior officials in the central city held a serious meeting to discuss measures to make people wear bikinis to the beach. They even planned exclusive beaches for only those with bikinis.
The story is not only weird because of how lucky he was, but also because no one could explain how he was there atop the pagoda in the first place. Hint: he was high.
In a story that is more depressing than amusing, Nguyen Thi Kha suffered a big bruise after a policeman in Da Nang hit her on the street, only because he thought that she was a sex worker.
Who doesn't love free things? Security guards at a water park in Hanoi that offered free entry for one day in April could not dissuade hundreds of visitors from climbing over pointy iron fences to get into the park. And when so many young people in bikinis gathered at one spot, harassment complaints ensued.