August, 26 2014 09:42:00

Minister fails to take up Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping across Viet Nam, which is apparent to the tens of thousands of users of social media networks. Celebrities and teenagers in particular are mad about the craze, but politicians are a little more wary.

The idea is to challenge someone to empty a bucket of ice and water over themselves - and then place a video of the event on the network. Those accepting the challenge help promote awareness of the disease called ALS, which causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body.

Recently a singer who made a name for herself on The Voice competition, a popular television Vietnamese singing contest, nominated Transport Minister Dinh La Thang for an Ice Bucket.

The singer's challenge made the headlines because, in Viet Nam, officials are not geared up for such wild games. In fact, several politicians throughout the world declined to accept similar challenges because they were not sure how it would affect their image.

So far, the Transport Minister has stayed silent on the offer.

Chickens go classical

Chickens being raised by a farmer in Dong Nai Province are serenaded in the mornings by Mozart and Beethoven. VNExpress online news reports that every morning at 5am, the farmer turns on speakers spread around his farm to inspire his 5,000 chickens.

The birds, according to all reports, greatly enjoy it. After two months, the number of eggs reportedly rose by 5-6 per cent. An expert in farming said on other farms, lights were turned on to force the chicken to lay more eggs. However, this made them nervous and reduced the quality of the eggs.

Perhaps people might also be inspired to hear some classical music on those early morning street broadcasts.

Ignorance can be blissful

After more than 10 years of happy marriage, 45-year-old Bui Van Phung from Phu Yen province woke up one morning and suddenly came to the conclusion he was still single. His wife and his eldest daughter turned out to officially be the family of his brother, Bui Van Minh.

The staggering news only surfaced when Phung's sister-in-law had a look at his marriage certificate as she was preparing to apply for a birth certificate for Phung's second child.

The mix-up began 10 years ago when Phung's wife, Bui Thi Thanh Thuong, asked her father to help her with the marriage certificate. The poor man was confused between Minh, Phung's nick-name at home, and Minh, the real name of Phung's younger brother.

Phung was happy to receive the certificate from his father-in-law, but as he had quit school early, he was illiterate and never read its contents. When his sister-in-law told him what must have happened, Thuong had no other choice but to divorce her fake "husband", Minh, and re-register the marriage again with her real husband.

Well, education may not be the only way to succeed, but it sure helps if you are trying to find out who you are married to!

Not a night for singing

Two men in suits were recently found fighting each other at a karaoke bar in southern Binh Phuoc province. One man covered in blood was dragged out of the bar, leaving behind another screaming his head off.

People gasped when they realised the two men were no ordinary residents, but the Deputy Director of the Department of Home Affairs, Pham Thanh Chung (the man dragged out), and his noisy counterpart at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Bui Quoc Khanh.

After the incident, the municipal People's Committee suspended the two officials while it began investigations.

Residents are still wondering what the Foreign Affairs man did to so upset the Home Affairs man. Was it an argument over business or pleasure? — VNS

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