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Woman out talks all and sundry at 11 words a second

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 29 July 2014

According to the Guinness World Record, Fran Capo is currently the world’s fastest motor mouth of a woman who can recite The Three Little Pigs in 15 seconds flat and probably send the wolf running in real life. Yes, this woman can spit out over 600 words a minute. That’s about 11 words per second, and she can still breathe at the same time!

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This guy set a world record by having 41 Homer Simpsons tattooed on his arm

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Wednesday 23 July 2014

27-year-old Lee Weir from New Zealand grew up under a household that banned him from watching his beloved TV series, The Simpsons. ‘I was never allowed to watch The Simpsons growing up as my dad was a real life Ned Flanders’, he recalls. ‘He wouldn’t let me watch as it depicted the father and the head of the household to be a buffoon.

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Husband keeps a record of every time his wife rebuffs his sexual advances: it doesn’t end so well

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Wednesday 23 July 2014

There are many ways to tackle any problem and it’s often only afterwards, with the magical curse of hindsight, that we can look back and say ‘wow… that was a mistake’. This is not one of those times. Last week quite a storm whipped up on Reddit when one disgruntled woman posted something rather unique that she had been sent by her husband. Essentially the fellow felt he had reached the end of his tether in terms of his wife’s obvious disinterest in… errrm… marital relations.

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Cardboard Stories Tell A Different Side To People’s Homelessness

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 23 July 2014

A new campaign is aiming to breakdown the stereotypes associated with homelessness to show that it can happen to anyone. Simply titled Cardboard Stories, this video illustrates the past lives of people living on the streets, showing us that even though you may have it all, losing it all is just as easy.

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Pikachu burger, I choose you!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging, New Trends on Tuesday 22 July 2014

We’ll be darned. In Japan, there is now an official Pikachu Cafe that dishes out Pokemon-themed cuisine, from the head of Pikachu, served on a chopping board as a burger, to the Pokeball made from a framboise dessert with yogurt mousse. Looking at these pictures, we would absolutely choose everything on the menu.

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Superheroes made even more superb with Hello Kitty makeovers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 22 July 2014

Even superheroes, it appears, are no match for the banal appeal of Hello Kitty. So this is what happens when superheroes become Hello Kitty heroes: they go into a pink frenzy and get ribbons everywhere. Like the cat with no mouth, we are lost for words.

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Sleepers will not be denied at furniture stores across China

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 22 July 2014

If you think all IKEA stores around the world are alike, you haven’t been to one in China. We’re not talking about the furniture. Rather, it’s all about the visitors who have no qualms depositing their weary bodies on any bed, sofa or surface to catch up on some precious sleep. When asked about the […]

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Burden of ‘turtle shell’ removed from back of 8-year-old boy

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Monday 21 July 2014

8-year-old Didier from Colombia was unkindly labelled as ‘Turtle boy’ after he developed a shell-like growth on his back caused by a rare illness called Congenital Melanocytic Nevus. His mother Luz said, “He felt very bad as it impeded him from doing a lot of the activities he enjoyed doing. When he heard people calling […]

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Einstein posing with his mini-me

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Sunday 20 July 2014

When the Yale Puppeteers staged a show at Teatro Torito in the 1930s featuring a lookalike marionette of Albert Einstein, legend had it that Einstein, who attended the performance, was tickled enough to crumple a letter and stuff it into the puppet’s outfit to give the latter a rounder girth, like the man himself. What […]

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Baby stops crying to listen and dance to NIN

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 19 July 2014

When you can’t beat them, join them. YouTube user and dad Gary Kennedy, who was confronted by the noise of his crying baby girl, somehow found that playing noise back in the form of Nine Inch Nails — ‘Copy of A‘ from the Hesitation Marks album to be specific — distracts her into dancing happily […]

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Robert De Niro really did have a taxi driver license

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 19 July 2014

As part of his preparation for his Taxi Driver role, Robert De Niro not only learnt how to drive a taxi, heeven spent some weekends driving a real cab. Apparently a passenger recognized the method actor and remarked rather astutely, ‘Well, that’s acting. One year the Oscar, the next you’re driving a cab!’

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True story: Motorhead fan gets brain injury from massive headbanging

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Headbanging, it seems, really can hurt you. Doctors recently treated a 50-year-old Motorhead fan who developed a blood clot on his brain after headbanging at a Motorhead concert with his son. Apparently, this is the fourth documented case of ‘subdural haematoma linked to headbanging’. So now you know: headbang… sensibly.

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If Homer Simpson and his family smoked weed

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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