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Brazilian man mistakenly slaps porcupine… surprisingly, it doesn’t end well

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Tuesday 1 July 2014

There is nothing more satisfying that bearing witness to instant karma. What we wouldn’t have given to have had front row seats for Antonio Rodrigues Mororó’s unfortunate run-in with a porcupine last week. The 50-year old man, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was hosting a party at his house. We assume it was a party well-supplied with alcohol, judging by what happened.

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Ricky Gervais decided to talk to God, and of course it was hilarious

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 1 July 2014

So you can say atheist comedian Ricky Gervais literally ‘talked to God’ when he recently tweeted @TheTweetOfGod this curious question: ‘What did you, as your son, get you, your own dad, for father’s day?’. He received a reply with an answer with ‘God’ thanking him for the prayers, to which Gervais just as hilariously quipped, […]

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Some of the smartest thoughts humanity has had in the shower

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 1 July 2014

So, there’s a Tumblr for everything. And now, it’s starting to look to be the case that there’s a subreddit for everything too. Enter Shower Thoughts, where redditors share the random but brilliant thoughts they get during the watery downtime. Hats off to Mashable for making these even better by pairing these visuals with some […]

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You can now be buried with your pet in New York

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 1 July 2014

Animal lovers in New York can now rejoice and might even look forward to their deaths if they are so inclined because it won’t be a till-death-do-us-part situation for them and their beloved pets anymore. Starting in August this year, they can make their own arrangements to be buried with their deceased pets – upon their legal deaths of course – within the same pet cemetery.

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Get psychoanalyzed… based on your emojis

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 1 July 2014

Copywriter Dan Brill is currently doing the world a great service. ‘You show me your recently used emojis. I tell you what’s wrong with your life,’ he states on his Emojianalysis Tumblr, inviting anyone who’d like their psyche to be analyzed, to tweet or email their emoji screengrab. In return, he responds with an entertainingly smartass response, […]

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In New Orleans, the dead are posed however they want at their funerals

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 1 July 2014

Funerals with posed bodies, we’ve just learnt, are apparently all the rage in New Orleans. Here, the Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home caters to clients’ requests to be posed in exactly the way they wish to be seen at the wake, while the living say their goodbyes. Rather than settling for lying in a coffin on their […]

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Hurray, sleeping around may be good for you

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 27 June 2014

Is it just us, or are vices becoming something to aim for? First, we found that drinking boosts immunity and that having a potty mouth is good for health. Now researchers from NYU and Cornell are suggesting that casual sex too, might do wonders for one too.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: Newly constructed in twee Lego form

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 27 June 2014

The world’s largest Lego tower, it appears, is now in Budapest. Which makes it a bit of a merry coincidence that the fictional Grand Budapest Hotel from Wes Anderson’s cinematic universe has now been faithfully replicated in Lego form. Fox Searchlight recruited Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team to build the Lego likeness out of over […]

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Sleep on your right side and in complete darkness if you want to wake up happy

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 26 June 2014

Turkish researchers have found that people who tend to sleep on their right side have mellower dreams filled with relief, joy, peace and love. They also wake up better rested and less dysfunctional during their waking hours. Although we are not privy to the dreams of those who sleep on their left, medical studies have indicated this isn’t a good position to snooze in as it tends to add physical stress and pressure to our heart.

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Joan Pujol Garcia: the good guy double agent con artist

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Thursday 26 June 2014

There are two types of bullshit in the world: the average one, and then there’s the Joan Pujol Garcia one, which is inventing a fake spy network and fooling the Nazis to cough up over $4 million – and still get a medal from them!

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New Yorkers hiring professional organizers to pack their kids’ bags for summer camp

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 24 June 2014

Start spreading the news! In New York, mothers with deep pockets are now hiring professional organizers to pack their kids’ trunks for summer camp. It sure takes the rough in the rough-n-tumble of summer camps to an entirely different level! What gives? Apparently, these mummies with money want to recreate their children’s bedrooms within their bunks at camp.

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Ai Weiwei gets everyone to make pretend their leg is a handheld gun

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 23 June 2014

How impossibly stunning. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been busy updating his Instagram these days with pictures of netizens holding their legs up like hand-held guns and pointing their feet to whatever and whoever they’re pretending to shoot. It is said that Ai is making a statement about either school shootings in the USA or […]

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Like your therapy well done? In China, you can set yourself on fire for health

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 20 June 2014

When it’s hot, it burns. Apparently in Fujian, China, you can sign up for ‘fire therapy’, get your body covered up in wrap with a herbal rope and be set on fire with the help of some alcohol-soaked towels. The heat is supposed to therapeutic, though we can’t decide if it will incite more terror […]

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter says soccer originated in China

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 19 June 2014

With the World Cup fever currently raging on, let’s decide if it is the best or worst time to debate on the origins of the world’s most popular sport. You may have heard the one about how soccer got started, whereby a group of victorious warriors beheaded an enemy general and kicked his head around in a post-battle celebration in eighth-century England.

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This man’s a legend! He not only sold the Taj Mahal, but sold it thrice

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 19 June 2014

If there’s anyone who had a life of crime down to an art, it must be Natwarlal, When he was still alive, Natwarlal was an infamous con artist, a wanted man in eight Indian states who had chalked up 113 years in jailtime with 100 pending cases against him.

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