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

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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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If you really can’t say you’re sorry, this Japanese company will do it for you

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Saturday 6 September 2014

If you, like Sir Elton John, feels that ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’, you’re probably not alone. Nobody cheers up at the thought of apologizing for one’s misdeeds in our personal and professional lives. But if you live in Japan, you can pay someone else to do it for you. And they can play a role while they’re at it, too. For example, these agencies you hire may send someone pretending to be your mum to apologize on your behalf and declare your wish to break-up with a clingy lover.

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This Great Dane ate 43 socks: it was an X-ray that revealed the truth!

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Trends on Friday 5 September 2014

This is one for the ages: a three-year-old Great Dane was rushed to a Portland emergency animal hospital recently after suddenly coming down ill. Was it something it ate? Ah, yes, indeed. Try socks, 43 and 1/2 (that’s right, a half) of them!

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A couple of creatives in South Africa are doing their part to help people cope with poverty

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Wednesday 3 September 2014

‘South Africa: a country where the haves and have-nots live side by side but seldom connect.’ In Cape Town, a pair of cunning creatives are all too aware of this problem and have devised a new way for people to give to the homeless.

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Artist’s take on Mcdonalds Happy Meal causes quite a stir on social media

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By Christopher Stribley in New Trends on Wednesday 3 September 2014

You may already be familiar with graphic artist Newt Clements’s Happy Meals. In the past he has created tributes to great movies, such as The Exorcist and Carrie, and TV shows, such as Wonder Woman, Twin Peaks, and American Horror Story. Well Newt has been at it again, but this time his creation has caused quite a backlash on Facebook, where a couple of people posted it, one even indicating that it’s a parody or novelty idea. Apparently some people are not real thrilled about the idea of a Ouija Board Happy Meal.

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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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