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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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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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Receive $18,000 to lie in bed for three months

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 13 November 2014

As part of a NASA research program, one lucky (ok, that’s questionable) man is being paid $18,000 to lie in bed for three straight months. This man’s name is Andrew Iwanicki and in August he lost his job, so there’s no better time to lie in bed and get money for it, right?

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Chinese man proposes with a giant heart made from 99 iPhone 6s and she still says no!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Trends on Thursday 13 November 2014

Tuesday was a Valentine’s-type holiday in China, known as Singles Day. However, unlike Valentine’s, Singles Day celebrates the fact you’re still single. There’s only one way to truly celebrate: buying billions of dollars worth of items online. Of course, retail therapy solves most things, but it might not mend this one single man’s broken heart.

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Your unwanted belts can be put to good use as interior decor coverings and accessories

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 11 November 2014

Buckle up and listen up cos this is certainly a great and novel way to make use of unwanted belts. The owner of this cool interior decor idea is Inghua Ting who fashions genuine leather belts into residential flooring as well as decor accents the likes of carpets, wall and door coverings.

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This Vietnamese hairdresser chops your hair off with a sword…. literally

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 11 November 2014

Nguyen Hoang Hung is one unusual hairdresser from Vietnam. This alternative Edward Scissorhands dispenses with the usual cutting tools of his trade and uses one or two swords to cut his client’s hair instead. With the help of some rather unfortunate wigs to practise on for four years, he is now able to use his sword to produce demanding bobs and pixie cuts with a couple of handy flicks.

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Cats taking a stab at contemporary dance with human companions

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 8 November 2014

Anyone remember that gem of a book, Why Cats Paint? As it turns out, the same authors, Burton Silver and Heather Busch went on to publish another coffee table book, Dancing With Cats, documenting just that: humans dancing with cats.

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In Melbourne, you can order a toastie and catch it from the sky!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 7 November 2014

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Jafflechutes, which declares itself to be Melbourne’s first float-down eatery, actually lets you pay for a toasted sandwich (known colloquially in Australia as a jaffle) via Paypal and wait for it to fall from the sky in a parachute! It started with an idea to create pocket parachutes for people who live on storeyed buildings and forget their keys.

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The latest Craigslist purchases? Secondhand cemetery burial plots

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 7 November 2014

Craigslist has seen a lot of us through home rentals, pet purchases and even jobs. But the latest trend-if you can call it that-is buying secondhand burial plots from this popular classifieds forum.

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In Japan, singles are given the opportunity to be a bride for the day

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 6 November 2014

So you’re single and don’t see yourself getting married anytime soon? Head to Japan to indulge in a Solo Wedding – a full wedding day experience where you’ll get treated like a bride, without having to get hitched.

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