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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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If Homer Simpson and his family smoked weed

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 18 July 2014

What if Homer Simpson smoked weed? That’s the premise of Marijuana Homer (@Homer_Marijuana) on Twitter, which just ended its run on Jul 9. Here in a bizarre parallel universe where Homer and his family are all now addicted to weed instead of donuts, the 140-character and below gems are really in the terse exchanges between […]

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Awkwardly sitting cats

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 18 July 2014

There are cats. And then, there are awkwardly sitting cats — balancing themselves delicately with feline bums firmly planted on the floor, chair, bed, whatever — looking down in the dumps, lost in the woods, startled, or just… awkward. That makes it just another instance of ‘cats being cats even when it’s nothing very catlike’.

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Incredible photo as snow monkey takes iPhone away from tourist, then uses it!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 17 July 2014

Forget the apes, these agile snow monkeys might be signaling our downfall instead. While in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten caught the sight of a snow monkey making off with a tourist’s phone, going back into the hot spring with it, where it then started to tinker around with it and even […]

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10 statues having a worse day than you

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 17 July 2014

They may not say a thing, but their body language says it all. Slumped over and permanently frozen in despair, these despondent statues — from The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen to many others — remind us all that maybe we’re not exactly all that doomed after all.

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Now you can manipulate your mood, like Facebook did

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 17 July 2014

Hot on the heels of Facebook’s secret news feed experiment that looked at how emotional contagion through social networks changed people’s moods in response to filtered news feeds, artist Lauren McCarthy created Facebook Mood Manipulator, a Chrome browser extension that taps into the same Linguistic Inquiry Word Count (LIWC) system used by the Facebook study. […]

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Tokyo kids wear turd hats and jump into giant loo to learn how toilets work

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 17 July 2014

Yes, this is now happening in a Tokyo museum: an interactive exhibition about poop, toilets and all that sort of thing. Even space toilets are featured. A major highlight, as these pictures show, is a giant replica of a flush toilet playground, where kids wearing turd hats climb on it with the help of a […]

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Swanky pool in the Mojave desert is open for anyone to take a dip in — if they find it

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 17 July 2014

Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia has done something slightly audacious by bringing public art to a space where the public will need to hunt for it: he built a lux eleven-by-five-feet wide pool in the Southern California desert.

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Floodwater seeps into deserted Thai mall; now teems with koi and catfish

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Thursday 10 July 2014

New World, a former shopping mall in Thailand’s capital Bangkok, used to have 11 floors until 1997, when its top 7 floors had to be demolished to comply with new rules on building heights. Two years after that, the roofless mall suffered an arson attack, which led it to become deserted since with rainwater seeping […]

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Ministry of Silly Walks: Now an actual game by Monty Python

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 10 July 2014

So, Monty Python has been getting a lot of chatter about their farewell reunion tour. Even Mick Jagger has been on the action. What’s helping to ease our impatient fingers from trying to book these tickets is the Ministry of Silly Walks game — derived from one of the greatest Monty Python gags of all […]

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These windows are actually installations that cast fake sunlight into homes

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 9 July 2014

The Italians have done it this time: they’ve built fake windows with nanoparticle technology that reproduce sunlight to let the interiors of sun-deprived homes to take on a magical hue. Created by CoeLux, the installations use a full-spectrum LED lighting system that mimics sunlight — choose from tropical, Mediterranean or Nordic — to lend to this convincing illusion.

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Greenscreen fluffers are the modern-day ninjas

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Why, we’ll be darned. There is actually such a job as a ‘greenscreen fluffer‘ — which requires one to put on a gimpsuit and aid the special effects of video productions while disguised in the background, such as flicking a model’s hair to and fro for a shampoo commercial or tossing Superman’s cape about. And […]

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These in-flight blankets light up like a galaxy and change colour according to your mood

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Wow! British Airways wanted to see how its passengers felt about its service — so it experimented by handing out a ‘Happiness Blanket’ and a brainwave-measuring headband that connected to the blanket’s inbuilt fiber optic LED lights via Bluetooth, to the premium cabin passengers onboard one of its New York-London flights.

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Scientists link naps to higher risk of death

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Wow, we never knew taking an afternoon nap was so badass. Scientists have now proven that the serial nappers among us are really living life dangerously. According to the researchers who studied 16,000 people in England over a period of 13 years, those aged 40-79 who napped daily at less than an hour each time, […]

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That’s right, Barbie is now on LinkedIn

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 9 July 2014

All-American icon Barbie has taken on many jobs and transformations as a doll on shelves — including working for minimum wage — and now she’s finally on LinkedIn as, guess what? An entrepreneur.

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Coffee wine, because why the hell not?

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 8 July 2014

All right now, first of all: coffee-flavored wine, really? Secondly: what, you drink it out of a can? Doubly blasphemous. Florida company Friends Fun Wine recently launched world’s first coffee wines in the form of Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino, which, at 6% ABV, shouldn’t be too shocking to your system. Cabernet Coffee […]

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