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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

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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

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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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Social messages conveyed via Brazilian graffiti in the wake of World Cup fever

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 19 June 2014

In Brazil, it is legal to spray the outside of anyone’s house with graffiti as long as there is permission obtained from the owner. But we sincerely hope this is not going to encourage you if you can’t differentiate between graffiti as art and graffiti as vandalism.

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Stressed? Depressed? Infertile? Set your crotch on fire

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 19 June 2014

To help relieve themselves from a variety of ailments ranging from stress to depression, indigestion, diarrhoea and infertility, the good folks of Fujian in China have been happily setting themselves on fire.

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Guilty of being foul-mouthed? Good news, swearing may be better for you than you think

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 13 June 2014

A bunch of psychologists from Staffordshire’s Keele University recently presented the findings of a study to a British Psychological Society conference, suggesting that shooting off profanities can help with emotional resilience. Senior lecturer Dr Richard Stephens, who led the research, was intrigued by the effects of swearing while his then-pregnant wife was cursing incessantly in labour.

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They’re putting homeless people piggy banks on the streets of Amsterdam to help get real homeless off them

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By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Wednesday 11 June 2014

Have a butchers at this clever and thought-provoking new campaign by Dutch charity , designed to raise funds and awareness for the rising levels of people sleeping rough on the streets of Amsterdam. A core group of people who were once homeless themselves, BADT has developed ‘A Piggy-bank for the Homeless’.

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Guess what: short, fat and bald men apparently live the longest

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Wednesday 11 June 2014

Never mind that the better looking specimens seem more popular, earn more money and have more people hanging onto their every word (or at the very least, pretending to do so) – scientists have revealed, and it’s about time too, that short men live longer than tall blokes.

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Get a discount off your food bill for good behavior? In Calgary and Nice, you can!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Wow, what is this? When a couple went out for brunch with their young daughter at a local restaurant in northeast Calgary, they were astonished to see a ‘Well Behaved Kids’ discount of $5 on their final bill. Apparently it has been a restaurant practice for a year or so. With ill-mannered children becoming an increasingly common sight (and sound) in restaurants, this seems rather fitting.

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The truth hurts: science says that too much porn can make men stupid!

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Scientists have revealed that too much porn can make men stupid, not that this revelation is going to stop men from watching any. A study by German researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, whom we guessed are probably women, have found that men who watch porn aplenty generally have a smaller striatum. If you are already dense enough not to know what it is, the striatum is the part of the brain which processes ‘rewards and motivation’.

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Horrific tools used for early medical procedures

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Sunday 8 June 2014

Let’s all take a moment and think about how very lucky we are to be living in the modern era. Antibiotics, inoculations, key-hole surgery and much more besides, the world of medicine has come leaps and bounds in the last fifty years, let alone the last few centuries!

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Coke create 16 useful bottle caps to encourage people to hang on to empty bottles

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Friday 6 June 2014

This year, to encourage the reuse of their plastic bottles in Vietnam, Coca-Cola launched their ‘2nd Lives’campaign, a project that features 16 distinct bottle caps designed to get people of all ages to hang on to empty coke bottles by giving them a new purpose.

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Shaking head selfies are becoming popular in Japan

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Tuesday 3 June 2014

I think they captured their best angle with this one. Yup, this selfie trend will definitely be turning heads. Currently in Japan, taking head-shaking photos is slowly becoming popular. They call it, ‘atama furinagara shashin toru no’, or translated as, ‘shaking your head while taking a photo’. Some may find it amusing and funny, but […]

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Aww: this husky was raised with cats and acts like them

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Tuesday 3 June 2014

She may not have a cat for a butt – or conversely, be the butt of a cat – but I think we’ve just found the real life CatDog. Tally, or Tao Tao (which means ‘mischievous’ in Chinese), is a husky/malamute who was raised with cats as a puppy. At the age of two, she was adopted by Redditor ‘Dong_of_justice’, who shares that she still displays cat-like behavior well into adulthood.

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