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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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Blame the hipsters! Beard implants are now a ‘trend’

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Thursday 27 February 2014

It’s official: beards are as trendy as boobs. So much that many men in New York’s hipster-filled neighbourhoods of Williamsburg, Park Slope, and Bushwick, are coughing up as much as $7,000 to get a thicker and manlier coat of facial hair. This was recently discovered by website DNA Info, when they interviewed a few plastic surgeons. Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a Midtown East surgeon, said that facial hair transplants are on the rise especially now that it’s fashionable. In fact, he averages three beard implants a week, compared to only a handful a year a few years ago.

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Hipster nerd glasses tamed by cats

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 24 February 2014

Nobody, absolutely nobody, is immune to the power of cats. Our feline overlords hold such authority, they don’t just make nerd glasses ironic, they make them iconic. Guess there’s a reason why people with swag get upgraded to being labelled as cool cats.

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5-year-old pens classic response to the IRS

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 February 2014

When the IRS asked a six-year-old to file his tax returns and refused to talk to his mum about his taxes when she responded on his behalf, the kid wrote a huge note with green crayons authorizing the IRS to talk to his mum until he turns, well, 18. What a riot.

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You can re-live the good ol’ days with the Tamagotchi app

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Don’t lie, you know that Tamagotchi was the best thing that happened in 1997. Now you can re-live the glory days on your iPhone or Android, thanks to the free Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. app. You can play in old-school black and white pixel mode, or you can try out the full colour hi-res App mode. Just […]

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Oh snap, cat selfies are now a thing

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Nothing blights modern life like selfies do. Or cats, for that matter. Which naturally means that cat selfies are now a thing. Making it a snap for cats to take selfies is the Snapchat app on Android, where a red dot darts around on the screen and takes a shot when your cat paws at […]

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Clint Eastwood saves man’s life, and we don’t mean in the movies

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

We’ve lost count of the number of ways Clint Eastwood has saved lives in the movies, but we certainly don’t recall him saving someone from choking to death. It happened at a party for the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament. There, he saved Steve John, the director of the tournament, from choking on his […]

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Honest scientists giving away too much information

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Sunday 16 February 2014

So apparently last January, scientists started posting tweets with the #overhonestmethod hashtag. Are we late to the party? Good thing the Internet’s around.

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This insurance company’s ad campaign will make you laugh

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 14 February 2014

Most commercials on TV are annoying, really annoying. But every now and then you’ll come across a great ad campaign that will make you laugh so much, you’ll want to buy their product. 1st for Women is one of the companies I’d want to buy from if I was living in South Africa. This insurance […]

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Yuck, this font is made out of real human flesh

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 14 February 2014

Well, here’s one reason why you might want to pursue a career in design – you could get a flesh font designed after that smooth skin of yours! French design studio Kerozen is behind this wacky but wonderful typeface that really stops you in your tracks. It’s all inspired by human flesh, too – all […]

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Strictly for Africa’s homeless: Pop-up clothing stores

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 13 February 2014

Purportedly the world’s first free pop-up clothing store for the poor, The Street Store aims to bridge the rich-poor gap by allowing anyone to hang up their donated clothes instore for a day, where homeless people can then help themselves to the items and keep them for free. Two such pop-up Street Stores have since […]

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A 6-way conjoined book that harbors six long reads? Splendid!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 12 February 2014

The National Library of Sweden has a medieval book in its collection that opens up via six tiny clasps to reveal six long reads. As book historian Erik Kwakkel noted on his blog, this one book actually comprises six books of devotional texts printed in Germany during the 1550s and 1570s, neatly concealed in a […]

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This is what the inside of an Amazon warehouse looks like

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Wednesday 12 February 2014

We’ve all bought things on Amazon, but how many of us know exactly goes on inside these ‘fulfillment centers’ otherwise known as Amazon’s warehouses? These photos show us what it looks like inside this particular warehouse in Arizona, so we can understand the mystery just a little bit better.

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Hilarious Haikus by, erm, cats

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 12 February 2014

We first got to know of writer Angie Bailey through her hilarious Texts From Mittens blog where she imagines text conversations with cats. Now we’ve found an even more hilarious bunch of haikus (meditative Japanese three-lined poems written with a 5-7-5 syllable count) that she’s penned on Catster. So, so brilliant.

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Ten backhanded compliments perfect for that frienemy

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Tuesday 11 February 2014

To deliver a truly good backhanded compliment, you have to be quite skilled. But if you’re not as talented as the rest, Glo has compiled a list of the 10 most backhanded compliments ever. This list ought to teach you how to deliver the perfect backhanded compliment, as well as educate you on how to […]

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