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You can now have a girlfriend via your mobile phone and determine the number of days you keep her

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Monday 29 September 2014

Some vendors on Taobao, China’s leading e-commerce website, are offering virtual girlfriend services via mobile phones to men. The girlfriend services, which cost 20-30 yuan (US$3-$5) a day, involve hired female employees sending messages and calling male customers via mobile phones and online messaging applications to wake up them up in the morning, listen to their complaints, encourage them when they are not motivated and say good night to them before bed.

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Chinese teacher can draw a complete world map on a blackboard in record time

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Monday 29 September 2014

In an amazing feat of recall and dexterity, this high school teacher in China can draw a detailed map of the world freehand completely from memory. We struggle to remember the way home from work but somehow this teacher, whose name is Zhao is able to draw an intricate representation of the entire world in less than a minute.

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The world’s most intimate martini bar is inside of a van and accommodates just 2 guests and a mixologist

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 25 September 2014

As part of a vodka advertising campaign, the world’s most intimate martini bar was designed by the branding strategists of London-based Ragged Edge. So what makes it so intimate? Uh, it’s the fact that this bar takes up just a small space in the back of an updated Citroen H van and fits only two guests […]

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50 Cent by any other name? Make that Malaysian RM1.50

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 23 September 2014

This snapshot of a Malaysian newspaper hat has hilariously valued rapper 50 Cent at RM1.50, has been making the rounds in my Twitter feed since yesterday. Looks like the editor took 50 Cent’s name quite literally and really wanted to to make sure the right currency conversion was in place. It’s just incredible. Can anyone […]

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Needy cat owners! You may be stressing out your cat

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 22 September 2014

The Guardian has published an article on how to spot warning signs of stress in your cat, and one of the top causes appears to be… needy cat owners who seek attention from their cats. Uh huh, that could be you. According to cat and human counsellor Vicky Halls, your cat didn’t sign up for all your people needs: ’In years gone by, I don’t remember people wanting or making such complex emotional demands of a cat.

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Have you joined the hairy legs club yet? Membership is open!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 22 September 2014

We’ve probably all seen those sensationalized headlines: ’10 Celebs Who Forgot To Shave’. And if you pay enough attention to showbiz articles, you might’ve seen a few reporters going crazy over Mo’Nique and her hairy legs at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards. Boy, people had a field day with that one. But what if hairy […]

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Move over cats, this kitty with no nose or lips is now ruling the Internet

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 20 September 2014

Have you seen Lazarus, the cat with a cleft palate? Rescued two years ago from the streets of Johnson City, Tennessee as a malnourished 10-week-old kitty with a mouth infection, he was given a second shot at life (he is now cared for by special education worker Cindy Chambers at East Tennessee State University).

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These photos of dogs sitting on cats (and cats getting their revenge) are priceless!

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Friday 19 September 2014

Oh, these are are too funny for words. This collection of ‘Cat? What cat?’ photos from our friends at Sad & Useless will have your sides splitting. Something about the utterly bemused look in each of the cat’s faces as they play cushion for ever-attentive dogs is completely hilarious. It’s as if they’ve finally accepted their lot in life, like the intelligent kid with the stupid big brother who comes to terms with being pushed around… or sat on?

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Sensory maps that inform you where all the city’s good and bad smells are located

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 18 September 2014

Sensory Maps is a company dedicated to referencing different city smells, whether good or bad. Multi-sensory artist Kate McLean has created Smellmaps, a map of odors around various cities of the world so people can tour different areas and take in the famous smells of places like Amsterdam, Glasgow and Paris.

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Become more beautiful by setting your face on fire in this bizarre (and dangerous) treatment

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 18 September 2014

You’ve tried it all-lotions, face masks, organic treatments-but nothing makes you feel more beautiful than having your face set alight, right? This bizarre practice known as Huo Liao is a Chinese beauty treatment that is thought to stimulate the skin and address dullness, sagging and wrinkles.

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In Japan at night, people are now putting their wallets to bed in special mini-futons!

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Wednesday 17 September 2014

There is now a new ritual among some Japanese before they get themselves into bed each night. They have to put their wallets into bed first. And not in any micro beds but specially made futons complete with mini pillows and cute bed sheets.

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This hair stylist shaves hairy male chests into various iconic landmarks of the world

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 16 September 2014

British celebrity hair stylist Daniel Johnson, who has been clipping away at the hair of English football giants like Ashley Cole, Gareth Blue and Erik Lamela, is now channeling his hairy talent at what he calls ‘manscaping’ – the art of doing some pretty interesting things with chest hair.

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What happens when you dunk a man in a Menthos suit into a pool of Diet Coke? This…!

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Trends on Friday 12 September 2014

Ok, so we’ve all probably done this trick at home. Take a Menthos – any Menthos – and drop that sucker into a fizzing bottle of Diet Coke. And the result? Boom! Awesome bubbly mayhem, and lots of it. Luckily, our friends at Epic Meal Empire had a bigger collective imagination than the rest of us and went large scale for their Menthos experiment: dressing one of their hapless team in a Menthos suit (yes, they DO exist) and dunking the poor fella into a small pool of Diet Coke.

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Stocking is the new planking, according to this blog anyway

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Planking was fun. It grabbed you all the attention you needed and made your friends laugh. But then everyone stopped planking and social media got kind of boring. So someone invented a new trend that’s catching. It’s called stocking and it involves replicating pretty awful stock photos in the most hilarious way possible. It might not sound like much but when you see the images side-by-side, you’re in for a real treat.

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Winners of the ninth annual ‘They ate what?’ competition shows us just what animals chew on (and get stuck inside)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 8 September 2014

Believe it or not, there’s a competition (in its ninth year now) named ‘They Ate WHAT?’, where vets are encouraged to send in X-rays of animals that have some rather unusual objects stuck inside of them. We all saw the dog who was found to have eaten 43 (and a half) socks, but here are the other animals of the contest, ranging from frogs eating ornamental rocks, to a 7-week-old puppy who had eaten a fishing hook-it was loaded with chicken liver!

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