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This story of a modern day message in a bottle is truly heartwarming

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Tuesday 2 September 2014

In today’s world so many stories are faked and fabricated over the internet and it’s increasingly difficult to have faith in the little miracles that make up our existence. Here is one such phenomenon that we sincerely hope is the real deal. Recently, while fishing off the rocks on the coast of California, some friends found a washed up message in a bottle. Once they had opened the bottle with a corkscrew, they unrolled the laminated note inside.

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Rather than fighting crime, this Japanese hero has found himself a worthier cause

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Tuesday 2 September 2014

We’ve just discovered our new favourite superhero. His name is Mangetsu Man and you’ll never guess what is his super power is. Dedicated to keeping the streets of Tokyo clean, Mangetsu Man is a force for trash-justice. Clad in a tight purple suit complete with cape and a giant yellow ball for a head, Mangetsu Man (translates as full-moon man) is always armed with his trusty dustpan and brush.

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Cinema screens in China are now being overrun by audience text messages

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 1 September 2014

Remember when you used to catch a movie when you wanted a stress-free day or you just felt like unwinding on the weekends? Not anymore! In Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, cinema goers are being encouraged to text during movies, with their messages being displayed across the actual movie screen for the whole world to see.

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This ‘cannon’ shoots salmon upstream to help them spawn

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Monday 1 September 2014

While hydroelectric dams provide hydro-power, they also block the migration of fish such as salmon, which typically swim long distances to return to their original homes to breed. One company called Whooshh Innovations (yup, you heard that right) has come up with an unique solution – a vacuum tube that sucks the fish out of […]

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This revelation about Hello Kitty is completely baffling

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Sunday 31 August 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, please may we have your attention. We have some extremely confusing news: Hello Kitty is NOT a cat… You read that correctly. The majority of us will have never even spared a thought for the world-famous Japanese icon, and it’s unlikely that any of those that have will have questioned whether or Hello Kitty is indeed feline.

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Once a week this hairdresser from New York does something heartwarming

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Friday 29 August 2014

Every Sunday in the Big Apple one man is doing what he can to make the world a brighter and more compassionate place. Mark Bustos is a young stylist at a fashionable hair salon in New York City, but once a week he takes to the streets and provides free haircuts to the homeless.

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Help beat bowel cancer by making a funny fart video

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 29 August 2014

In order to raise awareness on bowel cancer and to encourage people to ‘get their bums checked’, New Zealand’s Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa organization have come up with a hilarious campaign. As part of their effort to share information about colorectal cancer, they’ve created a Fartbomb Generator which allows anyone to upload a YouTube video and have it jam packed with fart noises.

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36 years of nail clippings is about as horrifying as you’ve always imagined

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

I’m not ashamed to say I have a couple of locks of hair stored away from when I was a baby. And Richard Gibson sure isn’t ashamed to say that he, too, collects parts of… himself. But in this case, it’s nail clippings. Every single one, clipped since 1978. This 58-year-old oil investor started filling […]

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Babies have it so hard, day spas have been created to ease the daily stress and tension

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

Being born is stressful business. Not only for Mum but for baby, too. And to ease all that stress of being born and the tension of everyday life outside of the womb, babies are now being taken to day spas. One particular spa in Houston, Texas, is called Float Baby and this place offers everything […]

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This guy put an abrupt end to a 10-hour long pay-it-forward streak at Starbucks, and we think he’s great

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

So everybody is probably familiar with the current trend of ‘paying-it-forward’ in coffee shops. Essentially it’s a self-propelling chain of charity in which each person in the queue pays for the drink of the person behind them. A beautifully simple idea and altruistic to boot, but maybe it’s not so great…

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First it was the ice bucket challenge for ALS, now it’s the rice bucket challenge for hunger

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

Lost count of how many friends have been dared to take the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, I have. And though the ALS Association has raised close to $US80 million since July 29 (woah), I’m looking forward to my social media feeds going back to news where people aren’t dunked in icy water.

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Just for the lazy: a mobile gym that comes straight to your front door

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Tuesday 26 August 2014

For those who are so against moving themselves from the car to the gym, there’s a solution just for you! It’s called InForm Fitness and instead of you having to fight traffic to get to that elliptical machine, the gym now comes to you, in the form of a large bus filled with gym equipment. […]

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Attaching your head to the bodies of animals is the newest way to kill office boredom

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Tuesday 26 August 2014

We now have a new way to kill office productivity: taking photos of your officemates with animal bodies! For their series, ‘Desk Safari’, Mike Whiteside and Ben Robinson from ad agency WCRS in London asked their friends at the office to pose behind a screen while they flashed different photos of animals.

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Facepalm! Fascism is a fashion accessory in certain parts of Asia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Every few years we hear of some incredibly bizarre subculture we can’t wrap our minds around, but this one takes the cake. This subculture in Asia is called “Asian Nazis” and it’s basically what it sounds like-a bunch of young kids with an affinity for militarism, anti-semitism and a love for all things Hitler.

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Heart-melting photos show the awesome transformation of abused dogs before and after they were rescued

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Trends on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Kudos to our friends at the aptly named Bored Panda who put together an uplifting and thought-provoking collection of photos to commemorate International Homeless Animal Day, which was last Saturday, August 16. It spotlights the positive impact we can all have when we rescue a dog from an atrocious situation and give them a loving, nurturing environment in which to thrive in.

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