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Low Lai Chow

Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at lowlaichow.com.

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Fact: The Ice Age happened in Australia, too

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel, New Eco on Tuesday 25 November 2014

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Think ‘ice age’, and you’d probably think about Antarctica. Maybe we napped our way through geography classes when we were young enough to be in school… still, who knew that there’s rather compelling geographical evidence to show that Hallett Cove Conservation Park has seen the ice age 280 million or so years ago?

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In China, you can rent well-suited white guys to attend your company events

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 25 November 2014

This is pretty fascinating: Mitch Moxley recently penned a first-hand account in The Atlantic about how white expatriates are now moonlighting as fake businessmen to add a bit of foreign allure to ribbon-cutting ceremonies and the such in China. As his Chinese-language tutor remarked, ‘Having foreigners in nice suits gives the company face.’

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Nick Cave has started a Museum of Important Shit… and you can be part of it

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Sure, we can laugh when a sandwich that’s been half-eaten by a celebrity shows up on eBay and sells for an outrageous price. But even rock musicians can be fanatical too. At some point in Nick Cave’s semi-autobiographical documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, Cave and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis talked about how they once saw a foul-tempered Nina Simone went onstage and stared the crowd down, foreboding what was to be a miserable set — and then went on to stick her chewed gum on the piano, wiped her head with a towel, and went on to deliver an unforgettable performance.

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Women turning down marriage proposals in classical art paintings

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Got to love this collection of the women in classical art paintings rejecting prospective suitors, with hilariously dubbed subtitles by Seth D Michaels. Goes to show that classical art is not always about the male gaze but really open to interpretation.

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Are science students better at creative writing than art students?

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Irish writer Aifric Campbell, who has taught creative writing to London’s Imperial College science, technology, engineering and medicine students for the last three years, recently penned a column in The Guardian to vouch for their ability to write good stuff that often outshines creative writing students.

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Turning caskets into art

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 25 November 2014

It’s an intriguing art show all right, that’s what we can say of Boxes of Death, with 50 artists — from painters and graphic designers to motorcycle builders and tattoo artists — who, given their own coffin, wield full artistic control over what they want to do with it. Helmed by creative firm founder Patrick […]

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Goats balancing on wobby metal sheet prove they are better athletes than you

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Monday 24 November 2014

So us humans can walk into brick walls and manholes as we text… while goats out-perform us in everyday life — as this video of a bunch of goats gallantly balancing on a buoyant metal sheet clearly shows. We are properly ashamed of our lack of dexterity.

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Dollars per minute, in a chart

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 November 2014

If you’ve ever wondered about the costs of things, minute by minute, Lapham’s Quarterly has a handy chart that will face off seemingly random costs — such as how much you’re spending on a JFK-LAX air ticket ($1.05), how much Facebook is making ($2,834.86), and how much money the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is […]

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What if Quentin Tarantino created Disney films!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 November 2014

A ‘what if’ series of Disney movies re-interpreted as Quentin Tarantino flicks? Brilliant! Of course, the mug of Samuel L Jackson — a perennial Tarantino favorite — is all over the face of these Disney posters, accompanied with suitably cussing taglines like ‘I just cleaned them step-bitches’ whole motherfucking castle’ (Cinderella) and ‘They just killed […]

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Eek! Meet Toby, the 9-month-old rat who’s performing on Broadway

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Saturday 22 November 2014

It’s the dream of every stage actor to perform on Broadway, and now a rat is living many an aspiring actor’s dream. Yep, a 9-month-old albino female live rat named Toby has been performing on Broadway with the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time production.

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Sneaky! Bats get competitive, engage in sonic jam

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 November 2014

We know that bats target prey with the help of echo-location. Now, scientists have found that bats actively disrupt rival bats who compete for food by jamming their sonar frequencies. In a recent study, two biologists demonstrated how Mexican free-tailed bats deal with living in highly-competitive and packed colonies that number hundreds and thousands of […]

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The Imperial Walkers strike back… in a Chinese painting

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 22 November 2014

We are loving this Star Wars-themed poster of the Imperial Walkers — Chinese painting style — by FLABSLAB, which claims to be ‘into all things beautiful and just want to be deadly good in anything we do’.

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Fake everyday illusions by Martin De Pasquale

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 21 November 2014

Buenos Aires-based art director and digital artist Martin De Pasquale  has a body of work that thrives on using digital manipulation to illustrate the banality of daily life. From instant karma biting into an apple, to a computer mouse that seizes the arm of its unsuspecting user with its strangling cord, these optical illusions are […]

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Now you can subscribe to new obnoxious socks in the mail every month

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 21 November 2014

Haha, this is hilarious. The Obnoxious Socks club sounds exactly like what its name suggests: members who sign up for it receive a pair of offensive socks every month that they can don to subtly offend other people at social events.

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All hail the most surprising department store in Melbourne

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

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We’re not really sure how to describe Ussed&Abbussed, but here’s a start: a self-styled ‘fashionable store in Cremorne catering for the label conscious’ that 1. claims to be the largest new and vintage retailer in Sydney; 2. carries over 2,000 labels at discounted prices; and 3. counts fashion models, designers, actors and editors among its clients.

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