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The best way to finally learn how to do the Moonwalk

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Trends on Tuesday 9 December 2014

Billie Jean comes on and your inner Michael Jackson tries to dance it out. You end up doing your best, but it’s just not that great. After a few pelvic thrusts, turns and random leg kicks, the chorus drops. This means one thing: it’s time for the moonwalk. You’ve tried teaching yourself. Your friend taught you. You’ve watched YouTube tutorials. You wear socks to practice, but you still look like you’re walking backwards.

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Are you an Aussie looking to learn cool creative stuff? Work-Shop is where it’s at

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Trends on Monday 8 December 2014

Are you looking to release your inner creative, but not sure how? Look to Work-Shop, a new, rapidly growing creative work space. They are quickly becoming known as Australia’s destination for learning, erm, cool shit.

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This interactive game installed on traffic lights makes it fun to wait for the green man to appear

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Monday 8 December 2014

What do you do when you’re waiting for the green man to cross the street? Do you fidget with your smart phone, let your mind wander or plot revenge on that wailing baby living one floor below you? Well, the lucky folks in the city of Hildesheim, Germany have a better option. They can play […]

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Economics courses are using Seinfeld episodes to teach… Seinfeld episodes!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 5 December 2014

You probably didn’t know this, but watching episodes of Seinfeld might score you a higher grade in class. Yes, the show about nothing has finally been put to good use, for something: economics. Apparently it’s the simplicity that makes Seinfeld so appropriate for econ courses. Using Seinfeld clips seems to make economics concepts come alive, ‘making them more real for students’.

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British cops take a break on the playground, get slammed by the public

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 4 December 2014

Cops just can’t catch a break these days. While out on patrol in Tottenham, North London, Sergeant Pete Shaw and his patrol team took to a kids’ playground to do some quick horsing around. Mounting horses on springs, Shaw and three other cops had a bit of a laugh (and stress relief) in the quiet of the night. They even posted the picture of them to Sgt. Shaw’s Twitter account.

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One man is trying to revitalize church with a McDonald’s franchise

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Tuesday 2 December 2014

You’ve probably seen those megachurches being erected all over the place, but one man is going a step further, has started an Indiegogo project, and is hoping to bring McDonald’s to God’s flock. This guy’s name is Paul Di Lucca and he’s hoping to raise $1 million to bring his ‘McMass Project‘ to life. The idea […]

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In Japan, cats with cartoon eyes are the funniest things ever

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Friday 28 November 2014

What will they think of next? A new meme, called ‘Neko Montaaju’ or ‘Cat Montage’, is currently trending with Japanese Twitter users. It involves placing expressive cartoon-like eyes over the cat’s face using a strip of paper. It’s absolutely hilarious, seeing our feline friends with their newfound silly expressions.

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You definitely do not want to abstain from the absinthe at this French flavored salon in Sydney

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 27 November 2014

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As you part the heavy black curtains and step inside Absinthe Salon, you’ll see many small tables laid out with ornate metal-and-glass fountains in what looks presumably like a cosy Parisian cafe during the turn of the 19th century. Located within Surry Hills of Sydney, Absinthe Salon is rather unique and highly specific, with its menu of 20 French and Swiss absinthes.

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Keep your facial hair safe while preparing food with a trendy beard net

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 27 November 2014

If you’ve been growing your facial hair for Movember, you might’ve found that it’s not as easy to keep it clean while eating. That’s why investing in a beard net is a great idea. Haven’t heard of a beard net before? They’re not just for Movember participants.

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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Are science students better at creative writing than art students?

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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Dollars per minute, in a chart

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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Sneaky! Bats get competitive, engage in sonic jam

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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How hipster! Now there’s math to explain why hipsters all end up looking the same, and we have the graph to prove it

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Trends on Saturday 15 November 2014

So, hipster mathematician Jonathan Touboul just published a paper titled, The hipster effect: When anticonformists all look the same – attempting to explain via math why hipsters end up looking the same.

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