Category Archives: MISC

Here’s Another Lesser Know Pride Of Japan: Restrooms And Toilets

Japanese takes pride in everything they do. From the house they live in to the cars they drive and even places that most folks aren’t exactly proud off: toilets. They made sure what they use are well designed, made and in tip top condition, so in the case when you are taking a dump, you will feel rejuvenated or something like that. While most people know the Japanese dedication, some may not know Japanese obsession with toilets and it is this obsession that lead to several pretty ingenious developments like heated seats, toilet bowl with integrated bidet and even modesty mechanism like fake flush to hide the sound of poops hitting the water. Continue reading Here’s Another Lesser Know Pride Of Japan: Restrooms And Toilets

Moon Replica Rolls Thru Streets In China, ‘Squashes’ Everything In Its Path

September 15 of this year coincides with the Mid-autumn Festival, AKA Mooncake Festival, celebrated by many Chinese across the world. And mind you, this festival is quite big of deal in China and hence, for the lack of the moon to appreciate on this day due to the soon-to-befall bad weather, Moon replicas in a rather epic proportion have been put up in public locations across the cities in China. The Moon replicas are actually air-filled balloons with Moon texture pattern printed on them which, when lighted up, looks pretty surreal. Continue reading Moon Replica Rolls Thru Streets In China, ‘Squashes’ Everything In Its Path

This Is How Much It Would Cost To Build And Operate An AT-AT

So, you are a Empire-wannabe who think you are ready to take on the Rebel Alliance? Well, we have got news for you. It turns out, it is not going to be cheap. Lets start with the iconic battle workhorse, AT-AT which can come in handy when taking down Hoth system (but watch out for those nasty Snowspeeders). Ok, maybe AT-AT is a war machine that doesn’t really make sense, but it does look pretty awesome and it can ferry lots of troops and offers you, the commander, a breathtaking view of the battlefield. So, it has its pluses. Anyways, lets get to business, shall we? Continue reading This Is How Much It Would Cost To Build And Operate An AT-AT

8-Year-Old Golfer’s Smashing Tee Off Knocked A Drone Out Of The Sky

It looks like drone is more susceptible to ‘attack’, be it accidental or not, than we thought. This latest footage that went viral once again proves that no drone is safe. In this instance, it appears that a Typhoon H was busy minding its own business of filming U.S. Kids Golf number one player, Rudy Kavanagh while she was putting out a drive at the Magenta Shores Golf Course in NSW, Australia. The otherwise ordinary drive turns out be a costly one for the drone operator as that one drive managed to knock the $1,900 drone out of the sky, or at least it appears to be the case. A drone taken out intentionally or not always gets the Internet talking, but this particular video not only gets the Internet jury talking but also judging and for good reasons. Continue reading 8-Year-Old Golfer’s Smashing Tee Off Knocked A Drone Out Of The Sky

Faroe Islands Got Google’s Attention, Gets Into Street View Loan Program

Remember the beautiful and tranquil islands where apparently there are more sheep than people? Also, remember how one fine young lass who created SheepView 360 in a bid to beckon Google Maps to do a Street View of the islands? Well, it looks like Durita Andreassen’s efforts to grab Google’s attention have paid off. The largely unknown archipelago found right smack in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean has finally gotten her due attention from Google Maps. Google was impressed by what Andreassen and her team did and decided to lend a helping hand to the islanders by inducting the Faroe Islands into Google’s Street View camera loan program. Continue reading Faroe Islands Got Google’s Attention, Gets Into Street View Loan Program

Letter With Just Hand-drawn Map Gets Delivered To Remote Icelandic Farm

We always think that a proper (and official) address gets your mail delivered, but a report surfaced in May this year proved that address is optional – if you can draw out a map of the addressee, or at least, it appeared to be possible in Iceland. The story goes that an Icelandic tourist (no gender was mentioned, btw) wanted to send a letter to a tourist-popular farm in Hvammsveit, West Iceland, but there was a problem. While the farm did have a Facebook page, the address puts it right smack in the middle of a lake, which obviously, couldn’t be right. Continue reading Letter With Just Hand-drawn Map Gets Delivered To Remote Icelandic Farm

Whatsapp Update Shares Info With Facebook And Here’s How To Opt Out

Ever since Facebook’s acquisition, Whatsapp has evolved quite a lot, mostly for the good, though not every update it pushes out put a smile in everyone’s face. And this latest update is bound to draw flak from users. While the incorporation of Whatsapp Calling, end-to-end encryption, and Whatsapp web and desktop are seen as welcome additions, the updated Terms and Privacy Policy that came with this latest update may not go down well with a lot of folks. Back then when Whatsapp was acquired by the social media giant, it pledged to remain independent of its new parent company, but now, things have took a turn with the new terms and privacy policy now stating that it (Whatsapp) will be sharing some user data with Facebook, along with “any of our other family.” Continue reading Whatsapp Update Shares Info With Facebook And Here’s How To Opt Out

Greatest Fisherman’s Haul: A Giant Clam-produced Pearl Worth $100M

10 years ago, an unnamed fisherman in the Philippines dived into the water to dislodge a stuck anchor and subsequently returned to the surface with a shell which the anchor had apparently lodged on. The angler didn’t think of it much then and proceed to bring home the shell. All this while, he kept what he identified as a “good-luck charm” under his bed, until a blaze force him to vacate with the shell. Likely with the belief that the shell might be jinxed, he brought it to Puerto Princesa’s tourism office. It was only then, the revelation begins. Continue reading Greatest Fisherman’s Haul: A Giant Clam-produced Pearl Worth $100M

Japan Prime Minister Morphed Into Mario For Rio 2016 Closing

After 16 days of intense competitions, the quadrennial sporting event has finally come to an end. Rio 2016 has not been easy from the start. The game was plagued by scandals, ill-behaviors, crimes, and pain, but all those were overshadowed by a spectacular closing ceremony where Tokyo, represented by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, took over the Olympic flag. So, from here on and out, it will be all about Tokyo 2020 and given Japan’s reputation, we’d expect a lot from the games in respect to organization, logistics, quality of amenities, among other things. Already, Tokyo has won many hearts when a two-minute clip starring the Prime Minister himself (yes, the PM!), alongside iconic Japan anime and gaming characters, was broadcasted during the ceremony. Continue reading Japan Prime Minister Morphed Into Mario For Rio 2016 Closing

Wait, What? Now, There’s Little Proof That Flossing Works?

Don’t you just love these studies that tell you what’s good and what’s not? I mean, besides the obvious, there’s a bunch of studies for on topics like is mouthwash actually good, or whether coffee is detrimental to your health or not. Last week, we came across one such report relating to dental flossing, which naturally, made me raise my eyebrows. According to the report, “there’s little proof that (dental) flossing works,” and the U.S. actually admitted that its (dental flossing) effectiveness “had never been researched, as required.” Continue reading Wait, What? Now, There’s Little Proof That Flossing Works?