That perfectly normal Tokyo day where everyone was a giant pigeon

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Tuesday 1 April 2014

Is anyone even surprised that this happened in Japan? It all began last year when Japanese comedy site, Daily Portal Z, immortalized themselves in Google Street View fame by wearing pigeon masks (you can check it right here).

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Meet Ratzilla: the 15 inch long rat that terrorized an entire family and their cat

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Friday 28 March 2014

Forget Godzilla, here’s what we all should be running away from: a monster rat that chewed its way through a concrete wall and settled inside a Swedish family’s kitchen. The Bengtsson-Korsas family realized a disturbance in their household when their cat, Enok, refused to go into their kitchen. What they didn’t know was that the 15 inch long (tail not included) Ratzilla, had already made the space behind the dishwasher its home.

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Sheer genius: teacher threatens noisy students with Game of Thrones spoilers

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Thursday 27 March 2014

Gone are the days of detention and dunce caps. One clever educator in a Belgian high school has found the ultimate weapon against misbehaving students: Game of Thrones spoilers. An unnamed math teacher asked his students who among them were avid fans of the program, eliciting the majority to raise their hands, to which he responded: ‘Well, I’ve read all the books. If there is too much noise, I will write the names of the dead on the board’.

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Netizens fall head over heels for female attorney general of Crimea

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Friday 21 March 2014

While the crisis in Crimea continues to capture our attention and prayers, netizens – most of them Japanese – have had their hearts captured by a related development. It looks like 33-year old Natalia Poklonskaya, the new attorney general of Crimea, has caught the fancy of many for her stunning looks and ‘macho’ military ranking. […]

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WTF! Student destroys 200 year old sculpture by sitting on it and taking a selfie

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Friday 21 March 2014

This is why we can’t have nice things. The Drunken Satyr, an early 19th century sculpture was given an untimely amputation after a student attempted to snap a selfie while sitting on its lap. The school security then got the shock of their lives – and possibly their careers – after discovering the ‘rehabilitation work’ the following morning at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. CCTV footage even shows the bright perpetrator sitting on the valuable artwork’s lap when it crumbled and shattered against the floor.

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These freezing puppies will bark all day until the fire is lit and then they huddle around it

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Thursday 6 March 2014

If these adorable photos don’t melt your heart, then your middle name must be ‘Polar Vortex’. In a kitchen in Juilongjian Forest Park, Ruchen County, China, puppies huddle around a staff canteen stove to keep their cold little bodies warm and toasty. Despite their thick and fluffy fur, it’s still not enough to protect them […]

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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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Girl scout sells 117 boxes of cookies in 2 hours in front of a marijuana dispensary

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Wednesday 26 February 2014

I must say, her sales have been pretty high as of late! 13-year old Girl Scout Danielle Lei was able to sell 117 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in 2 hours, because she followed the old business advice: ‘location, location, location’. She set up shop outside ‘The Green Cross’, a cannabis dispensary in San Francisco; and for all you innocent souls out there, that only means one thing. MUNCHIES!

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This guy outsourced his job to China so he could watch cat videos all day

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 14 January 2014

What is this? An enterprising code developer working for a US infrastructure firm actually outsourced his entire job to a Chinese company so all he had to do every day was to turn up in office at 9am, go on Reddit, watch cat videos, take a lunch break, go on Ebay, check Facebook and LinkedIn updates, hand in a work report for the day, then knock off at 5pm sharp.

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At Stanford, a poetry slam took place with, er, programming code

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 7 January 2014

The first-ever Stanford Code Poetry Slam recently took place in November last year, with participants presenting their flowing works of poems in computer code format. The slam was organized by German studies grad student Melissa Kagen and computer-based music theory and acoustics grad student Kurt James Werner, who intend to make the event a quarterly […]

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Returning to Earth from the International Space Station

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Monday 18 November 2013

We’re a few years away from civilian space flights, so the next best thing is experiencing the dramatic return to earth through video. Released this week by the European Space Agency, this video features landing footage and interviews with former astronauts to give you an insider’s look at the ‘undocking, reentry, and landing of the […]

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North Korea’s very first themed water park

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Friday 15 November 2013

When you’re running a small nation of 25 million people, there are a few things that are non-negotiables in your to-do list. A working democracy and proper human rights laws? Nope! Not included. I’ll tell you what is: a waterpark! The Munsu Water Park is the first ever water theme park in North Korea. Here […]

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‘And the Ig Nobel Prize goes to…’: Celebrating 2013’s most banal science discoveries

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 22 October 2013

The Ig Nobel Prizes, which takes the mickey out of the real Nobel Prizes as genuine Nobel laureates present awards to those who have made the most banal breakthroughs in the world, is a brilliant, brilliant — and did we say ‘brilliant’? — affair. This year’s Probability Prize, for instance, deservingly went to a team […]

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Generation Moustache: Melbourne

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Friday 11 October 2013

November is fast approaching, which means one thing; it’s about to be Movember in Melbourne. Urchin Associates is spearheading a creative new campaign called Generation Moustache, or Gen Mo, to raise awareness for men’s health by growing (or supporting) a moustache. This new campaign will be revealed at movember.com and across a variety of platforms […]

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Make art, not war: 9000 bodies stenciled on beach for Peace Day

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Two UK artists, Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss, recently etched out 9,000 silhouettes on Normandy’s Arromanches beach to mark international Peace Day and pay tribute to both civilians and military officers who lost their lives during the Operation Neptune landing on June 6, 1944. The effect is both sobering and chilling. Stunning? Yes, stunning.

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