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Smell all the farts! Science claims smelling farts prevents cancer

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Thursday 17 July 2014

The next time someone passes gas in the elevator, don’t forget to thank him, he might just have helped you avoid cancer. Researchers at the University of Exeter are claiming that hydrogen sulfide, the gas produced by digestive bacteria in our bodies, can actually help prevent diseases like cancer, strokes, arthritis, heart attacks, and dementia.

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What is the world coming to when people must resort to a shower head for a life-partner

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Wednesday 16 July 2014

It is our pleasure to bring what might well be the weirdest thing on the internet to date. Whether we all care to admit it, we’re all looking for love and some of us are more fortunate than others. Nowadays romantic hopefuls have an endless tide of dating sites, from Tinder to singlemuslim.com, to help them on their way. You’d think that our modern age of instant communications and the emphasis on match-making would be enough to prevent people resorting to anything… you know… weird.

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Ridiculous questions about private parts during interviews sparked protest in China

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 15 July 2014

You’ve dressed your best, behaved impeccably and just before your interview for a civil servant’s position ended, they asked: ‘When did you have your first period?’ and ‘Do you experience abdominal pain during menstruation?’ These seemingly irrelevant questions about their menstrual cycles during the federal government’s screening process for female applicants were enough to make the latter see red.

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See all kinds of beards and mustaches battle for fame and glory

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Saturday 12 July 2014

The proud owners of beards and mustaches are a special breed of people who, if they are to be believed, usually started growing them because they were too lazy to shave but often end up spending precious hours taking real good care of their facial follicles.

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Doctors insist man with 100-pound scrotum has a weight problem

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Friday 11 July 2014

Dan Maurer of Battle Creek, Michigan, suffers from a 100-pound scrotum, but for years his doctors have been continually telling him he just needed to lose weight. So much for getting a second opinion indeed. Since his late 20s, he has been exercising regularly based on doctors’ orders but his scrotum kept growing. He only […]

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In this age of social media, even prenups include a no-Tweeting clause

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 10 July 2014

While wedding prenups are often viewed by die-hard romantics with great disdain, it seems their advocates are going from strength to strength where the minute details are concerned. The latest inclusion gives a sure nod to the digital revolution, with a social media clause that forbids the posting of one’s divorced partner on social media. ‘Each party […]

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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A potato salad is becoming one of the most successful Kickstarter projects in history

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Thursday 10 July 2014

Zack Danger Brown’s dream was simple: to make some potato salad. In order to make potato salad, he needed $10. So he turned to Kickstarter for funding. As of writing, his potato salad project has become one of Kickstarter’s most funded projects in history, raising $21,776 – [EDIT: Now $68,500!] – 6850 times his original funding goal – with 24 days to go!

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Greenscreen fluffers are the modern-day ninjas

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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Scientists link naps to higher risk of death

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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Driving a Batmobile is absolutely legal in Australia

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Monday 7 July 2014

While the mere mortals amongst us are content with just watching repeats of the Batman franchise, 29-year-old Sydney resident Zac Mihajlovic has redefined what it takes to be a fan by building a street-legal Batmobile using a combination of his own vehicle parts and multiple parts purchased from the actual 1989 movie set.

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These harsh, harsh anti-gaming Tweets are just hilarious

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 7 July 2014

Moms Against Gaming, which proclaims to be ‘a group of Moms (and Dads) opposed to the sale and distribution of violent video games and will use all means to stop it’, is apparently a parody Twitter account that already has 10.8k followers following its gaming-is-evil cause (no idea how many of them are actually serious).

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Mother makes teddy bears from dead soldiers’ uniforms to help their families cope

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Saturday 5 July 2014

Lisa Freeman lost her son Matthew Freeman to the war in Afghanistan. Mathew was a marine pilot who was killed in action only 9 days after he volunteered to go on a riskier mission. In honor of Matthew, brave mom Lisa launched project Matthew Bears and started sewing teddy bears made from the uniforms of […]

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English horse trainer spent £50,000 on Hello Kitty collection of 10,000 items

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 3 July 2014

Horse trainer Natasha Goldsmith, aged 29, shares a flat with £50,000 worth of ‘Hello Kitty’ collectibles that she has collected for the past 15 years. Her 10,000 kitty items include jewelry, furniture, clothing, curtains, and 4,000 cuddly toys. She has no regrets sacrificing holidays and chichi dinners to fund her feline hobby. Boyfriends are no exception either as she purred: ‘Boyfriends in the past have tried to make me give her up, so I got rid of them. It’s part of who I am and I’m not changing for anybody’.

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