Someone get a banana! Villagers in Xianfeng wanted to boost their local economy about a decade ago, and so the government came up with a plan to bring in wild macaque monkeys to attract tourists. The idea seemed pretty simple: A park would be setup near the village which would house the animals and also let people to interact with them. Initially, everything worked out well. Investors funded the park and tourists were starting to show up in droves. But in 2014, a key investor passed away and the park was forced to shut down. Now, Xianfeng has become overrun with 600 monkeys who’ve been left to fend for themselves. While half have been removed, officials say residents will just have to learn to live with the 300 that remain.
Holy guacamole! A poor avocado harvesting season combined with rising demand in New Zealand is suspected to be behind a recent wave of produce-related crime. Since January, there have been close to 40 large-scale thefts from avocado orchards, sometimes with as many as 350 going missing at a time. As a result, an entire avocado-hawking black market has emerged, where underground dealers sell them at a discounted rate. Many farms have since outfitted their crops with automatic lights and alarm systems in response.
Apparently they forgot to fireproof the fire prevention van. The Vancouver Fire Department said crews responded to a vehicle fire this week, but we’re guessing firefighters were a little surprised once they arrived. The van belonged to Vancouver Fire, which calls itself B.C.’s “largest” fire-safety company. Nobody was hurt in the blaze, and no foul play was suspected. “I guess there would be [a sense of irony] seeing a service vehicle for a fire alarm company…actually burning,” Vancouver Fire Department Assistant Chief Ron Coulson said.
The food might not make you lose your appetite at this place, but the rules certainly will. Japan’s very first “naked restaurant” opens in Tokyo next month, but only a select few will actually be able to dine there. You see, diners must be within 15 pounds of the average weight for their height, and anyone who looks too chubby will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat (these people, by the way, won’t even be entitled to a refund). Additionally, only people between the ages of 18 and 60 will be admitted. Oh, and no tattoos. If you meet all of the criteria, you’ll have the privilege of getting to pay 80,000 yen ($989) to have food served to you by muscly-men wearing G-strings. Bon Appétit!
Those two vehicles really sandwiched each other. New Jersey’s Interstate 287 was all clogged up this week after a truck carrying deli meats collided with another loaded with bread. No injuries were reported, but many sandwiches were served (not really).