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‪Trends, trends, trends – it’s all about what’s hot on the internet at the moment. It’s the weird and wonderful, the creative and brave and the funny and stupid. Videos, blogs, questions and posts – we share it all so you don’t have to go looking for it. The internet can be scary, trust us.‬

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Have you ever seen more creative examples of outdoor marketing than these ones?

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Trends on Tuesday 18 March 2014

Some might say that with the dawn of social media, traditional marketing is over. But still the Mad Men of today – the marketing specialists and their low paid interns – are coming up with rather genius ideas to get our precious attention. They know we don’t buy magazines anymore, so the expensive advertisement space on the pages of Wired, VOGUE or National Geographic isn’t worth it.

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‘Lost’ woman joins search party looking for her; finds herself

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 18 March 2014

Is this an existential joke or what? A woman who was thought to be missing from a tour group actually joined a 50-person search party to look for her. The confusion started when she changed into a different outfit at a pitstop, causing panic among the other passengers who thought she didn’t make it back. […]

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Breakup infographics predict the demise of your relationship

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 17 March 2014

So there’s the breakup, depressingly quantified in visual charts. That’s the zoomed-in picture. Now, information designers David McCandless and Lee Byron will have you look at the big picture with these breakup infographics using data from the US Census, social media and even a sex survey by condom maker Durex.

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A map of China according to auto complete

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Trends on Saturday 15 March 2014

Why is the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang ‘so chaotic?’ Why are Sichuanese people ‘so short but have such great skin?’ And are the women really that beautiful in the Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang regions or do their men they just like to start fights? These and many other queries add up to the daily […]

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Feeling blue? The NYC Crying Guide is here!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Saturday 15 March 2014

Living in New York City? It can be rough. Too many strangers and not enough caring can bring on the tears. But where should one go to cry? Obviously there are places in the city never to cry and other places where it’s OK to let out a good old fashion sob. One New Yorker […]

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What’s your Travolta name? Teejay Allorn is Tony Abbot’s!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 14 March 2014

Were you watching the Academy Awards a couple of weeks ago? John Travolta had the pleasure of introducing Idina Menzel onto the stage to perform the hit, Let It Go. But instead of pronouncing Idina’s name the correct way, the “Travoltified” it to “Adele Dazeem”. If you’ve got a particularly exotic name, you’ll know how […]

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It’s 1970 and Sonny and Cher are promoting the Bible

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 14 March 2014

It’s 1970. John Gorton is Prime Minister of Australia. The Female Eunuch is being published. Pope Paul VI is visiting Australia. Oh, and Sonny and Cher are promoting the Bible. Yeah, it was a strange time! According to Dangerous Minds, this ad comes from a 1970 issue of TV Guide and sees the celebrity couple “pimping” the Bible. Back in the 70s you could order Bibles by mail (who knew) for just a buck! Nearly 20,000 sent in for a $1 Bible back then — quite impressive. It’s amazing what star power can do!

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Satirical azuki bean beards are the latest weird Japanese trend

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Wednesday 12 March 2014

Since 2007, artist Takao Sakai has been documenting a weird Japanese sub-culture of people who go out in public wearing odd beards inspired by the popular ingredient, Azuki bean. These bean beard wearing people are called ‘Azurers’, and Sakai has amassed hundreds of photos of them.

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This guy owns the world’s largest toy car collection

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 12 March 2014

And you thought your collection of toy cars was sizable! But forget about this collection being owned by some spoiled little rich kid; this collection is located in a small building of Beirut, Lebanon, and owned by Billy Karam. There’s over 30,000 model cars in this collection and 400 dioramas – a Guinness World Record […]

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These are the craziest mugshots we have ever seen

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

This collection of mugshots, compiled by addiction recovery centre Watershed in a blog post, show some rather outrageously funny mugshots that cannot be unseen once they are seen.

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World’s worst playground slides guarantee hours of joyless play

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Haha, how hilarious. These pictures show that play isn’t necessarily guaranteed in every playground out there, what with slides that go right into dumps, fences, and even gaping holes in the ground. We sure feel for the kids in these hoods.

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Here’s a new trend: dining with dogs

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 7 March 2014

Out with the dry food, in with the filet mignon! There’s a new trend going around and it’s all about feeding your pooch human food. And we’re not talking a scrap of meat here and there, we’re talking about households going out of their way to make an extra plate of food for the dog. […]

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17 signs that prove you’d qualify to be a witch back in 1962

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Wednesday 5 March 2014

If you’re female, financially well off, young, and have at least one female friend, then you’re a witch. Also, if you’re female, not financially well off, old, and have had an argument with anyone ever, then you’re a witch too. If my calculations are correct, those qualifications include basically every female on Earth! Hooray for […]

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So, the Nazis contemplated using mosquitoes to wage biological war

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 5 March 2014

When, in Jan 1942, an entomological laboratory was opened in Germany’s Dachau concentration camp, the purported reason was to study lice and fleas that were ticking off soldiers. Apparently the institute also zeroed in on the feasibility of using mosquitoes in biological warfare to attack enemy soldiers with diseases such as malaria, according to Tübingen […]

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Study links cat bites to depressed people

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 1 March 2014

Apparently a team of researchers from University of Michigan and Virginia Tech, who drew from the electronic health records of a pool of 1.3 million patients to single out those with depression or bites for a study, found a strong link between cat bites and depression.

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