CHINESE megastar Fan Bingbing (pic) is said to have a new beau after she was seen cuddling a man in public, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Fan, 40, was photographed with the bespectacled man on the streets recently.

He was seen kissing her forehead and the two appeared to be in a relationship.

Internet sleuths quickly identified the man as Guo Yanfeng, an army veteran who is about the same age as Fan.

Apparently, Guo had previously served in the People’s Liberation Army for 18 years. He later became a vice-president of a financial group.

Internet users also discovered that Guo had once appeared in one of Fan’s video advertisements promoting a cosmetics product.

Fan made the news for all the wrong reasons in 2018 when she was fined 880mil yuan (RM540mil) in a case that was billed as one of China’s “biggest tax evasion penalties in history”.

> A Malaysian boy’s handmade Fathers Day gift had greatly amused Internet users who felt that it resembled a paper offering used during Qing Ming (Tomb-Sweeping Festival), Sin Chew Daily reported.

His father, identified only by the surname Lau, was also humoured by the self-made Fathers Day card.

“Does this mean he wants me to celebrate Qing Ming?” he quipped, adding that he wondered if the boy wanted him to burn it as an offering to their departed ancestors.

He posted an image of the card, which was supposed to be a “shirt” and “tie” made of coloured paper.

The orange “shirt” and white “tie” were decorated with hand-drawn jewellery and emblazoned with the words “I love you daddy”.

Several other fathers on social media also shared photos of their children’s artwork which resembled paper offerings burnt during Qing Ming.

They joked that their children were preparing in advance for next year’s festival.

> An ancient method to test for poison went awry for a man in China’s Sichuan province after he ended up in hospital for ingesting poisonous mushrooms he foraged in the wild, China Press reported.

To test for poison, the man boiled the mushrooms together with a silver bracelet – a method derived from the silver needle test used in ancient China and other parts of Asia.

If the silver needle turns black after the test, the food is deemed unsuitable for consumption.

However, the man’s case proved that the method is not foolproof as he ended up at the hospital needing to have his stomach pumped.

When the news was shared online, Internet users criticised him for lacking common sense as the silver needle test was used by the ancient Chinese when technology was limited back then.

Silver tarnishes when reacting with sulphur-based compounds, which makes the method a useful way of detecting arsenic compounds containing sulphur- a common poison in the past.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.