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‪Trends, trends, trends – it’s all about what’s hot on the internet at the moment. It’s the weird and wonderful, the creative and brave and the funny and stupid. Videos, blogs, questions and posts – we share it all so you don’t have to go looking for it. The internet can be scary, trust us.‬

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Sweaty palms alert: this city climber is kinda crazy!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 7 February 2014

Knees are weak. Palms are sweaty. But we can’t look away! Here are the pics compiled by Sploid, documenting the outrageous city climbing trends in Russia. They all feature one climber, Kirill Oreshkin – though you might not even notice since your eyes are automatically drawn to the ground below. No helmets, no gripping gloves […]

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Should I have sex? Flowchart from medieval times helps you decide

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 7 February 2014

Now this is too great not to share: the History Blog recently posted a flowchart from James A. Brundage’s book Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe ‘compiled from many penitentials which helps the pious man figure out if he can have lawful intercourse’. There are so many brakes in this one. We’re glad […]

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Get massaged by snakes in Jakarta, Indonesia

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Tuesday 4 February 2014

If you’re tired of plain, old massage techniques like, Shiatsu, Swedish, Thai, and Deep Tissue, perhaps you should try something new: Snake therapy. Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa in Jakarta, Indonesia includes pythons in their massage therapy services. They place the snakes on your back while you lie down on the massage bed.

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Scientists find brain function boosted for days after reading a novel

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Monday 3 February 2014

Remember how adults used to say how reading makes you smarter? Now you’ll definitely want to go to the bookstore and buy a novel, because science! 21 students were used as guinea pigs in an experiment to see if reading a novel – in this case, Pompeii by Robert Harris – can boost brain function. […]

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Japanese cats that look like Yakuza members

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Sunday 2 February 2014

Some bright spark realized just how much in common cats have in common with the ‘yakuza’ (or Japanese gangsters). Must be their terror-inducing character attributes, spine-tingling sneers and evil expressions. Cats and the mafia: there must be some truth in the matter. Hell, even Don Vito Corleone had a cat, you know.

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How much time do you waste on Facebook? Too much

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 31 January 2014

Depending on when you first joined Facebook, you might’ve spent as much as a month’s worth of days on the website, uploading photos, leaving snarky comments and – admit it – playing Candy Crush. Well, now you’ll know exactly how much time you’ve been wasting online thanks to a new app. Taking into account the […]

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The dangers of laughing

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Wednesday 29 January 2014

While many of us believe that laughter is the best medicine, science believes otherwise. In a special edition of the ‘British Medical Journal’, researchers attempted to delve deeper into the benefits and harmful consequences of laughing. For this study, scientists analysed two journals that date back to 1946. What they found was that laughing could […]

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Interview with Isaiah Webb, aka Mr. Incredibeard

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Wednesday 29 January 2014

Isaiah Webb, aka Mr. Incredibeard, is a popular guy, or rather, beard around the online community of unshaven men. He uses his beard to create the most out-of-this-world designs that would put Abe Lincoln and Leonidas to shame. We interviewed him to find out more about the man behind the beard.

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You can buy these epic movie props on eBay right now

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Wednesday 29 January 2014

Let’s face it, you’ve gotta love eBay. It’s got something for everyone, particularly movie lovers. If you’re into that sort of thing, you can find props from all kinds of films, both iconic and lesser-known. Here are just a few interesting examples of movie props you can find on Ebay right now. The internet is […]

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Kids being honest: Ridiculously entertaining notes penned by children

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 28 January 2014

Kids always get away with baring their fragile souls to the whole world, clearly, as this ridiculously entertaining collection of notes and confessions penned by kids to their parents, the tooth fairy, God, teachers, friends and nobody in particular shows.

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Interview with the guy who tattooed the world map on his back and colours in each country he visits

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Saturday 25 January 2014

Bill Passman plans to travel the world extensively, so much so that he needs a reminder of where he’s been to. And so he got a tattoo of the world map on his back and colours in each country after he visits it. Pretty cool souvenir, huh? [read our original post about Bill Passman and a Facebook Q&A he did with our Facebook Friends]

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Body atlas shows where we feel different emotions

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Friday 24 January 2014

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers proved that emotions have direct physiological connections to the parts of our body. So if you’re feeling angry or happy, chances are a part of your body is reacting to it, so it’s not just Lust that’s get a bodily reaction […]

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This is how you stay cool during the summer

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 23 January 2014

Just last year when America was going through a summer heatwave, Buzzfeed came up with 27 ingenious ways to stay cool. And since Australia’s going through the very same thing right now, it’s a good idea to use some of these ideas to keep the heat at bay. Of course, there’s nothing like spending all […]

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Yeezianity: the first religion based on Kanye West

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 23 January 2014

Remember when Kanye West first made it to the radio and he valued integrity above ego? Well that was so long ago, so you probably don’t remember. What you might remember are some of Kanye’s most obnoxious quotes: ‘I was wearing like, a Juicy Couture men’s polo shirt. We weren’t there, like, ready for war’, ‘I’m like a vessel, and God has chosen me to be the voice and connector’, and ‘My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live’.

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How the world looks from the memories of 30 people

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Thursday 23 January 2014

Redditor zaaakk> started a simple project, in which he asked 30 people to draw the world map from their memory. Now, unless these 30 individuals were all cartographers, we could assume that the results of this experiment would be less than ideal. After getting back the drawings from the participants, he digitally merged the results […]

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