The bagel foreheads of Japan

December 28, 2012 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Pictures

 

The Bagel forehead is a body modification trend originating in Canada and brought to Japan in 2007. Here it’s practised in the underground scene. The Bagel like forehead is created by injecting saline under the skin on the forehead over a period of 2 hours. Then the bump is pressed down in the middle to create the look of a bagel. As the body absorbs the saline, the bagel is gone within a short while, usually the following day.

It was Keroppy Maeda who brought the procedure to Japan from Canada back in 2007 where he saw pioneer Jerome Abramovitch perform the odd cultural manifestation. Keroppy Maeda does the procedure around 10 times a year at special occasions. (Images from NatGeo).

3 bagelheads

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In Maharashtra, India they throw babies from a 50 ft temple

December 19, 2012 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Serious stuff

 

In the state of Maharashtra in India, they have a very unusual tradition: Newborns are thrown 50 feet off of a temple. The tradition has been performed for more than 500 years and is believed to provide the child with strength, good luck into the adulthood and courage and intelligence.

A person drops the baby from the roof of a 50 feet high temple. Below the temple are people standing with a stretched sheet to catch the “airbornes”. Although being critized and suggested to be banned by government, there has been no reported evidence of any babies being injured during the event.

The Burning man festival in Nevada, U.S.

December 16, 2012 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, North America, Pictures

Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, in the US. Tens of thousands of people gather to form the Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to self-expression, art, community and alternative life. The event begins on the last Monday in August and ends one week later, were the participants leave the site with no trace of a festival having taken place. The name of the festival comes from the ritual burning of a large wooden man (picture below) on Saturday evening.

Truck art at Burning Man

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Chinese couple move out of their famous highway home

December 15, 2012 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Serious stuff

 

Did you hear the story of the Chinese couple who refused to move from their home, despite construction of a highway in their path? They’ve now agreed to move.

Highway home in China

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Columbian couple has lived in a sewer for 22 years

December 9, 2012 in Pictures, Serious stuff, South America

 

Miguel Restrepo and his wife Maria Garcia have lived in a sewer for 22 years in the Columbian city of Medellin.

Columbia homeless sewer

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Mayan calendar Dec 21 apocalypse prediction makes Russians stock up food

December 8, 2012 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Serious stuff

As the Mayan calendar comes to an end on December 21st 2012, it has been interpreted as the coming of the end of the world. Although being rejected by the majority as a simple hoax theory, it has resulted in Russians who believe in the apocalypse to begin stock up on food supplies.

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The Difference Between American & British Culture

December 5, 2012 in Europe and Middle East, Funny, North America, Videos

 

Have a quick laugh from this 24 second video clip featuring Barack Obama and Gordon Brown.

 

New York cop buys homeless man boots

December 4, 2012 in Amazing, North America, Serious stuff

 

NYPD police officer Larry DePrimo bought a pair of boots for a homeless man in New York. A random act of kindness that became a worldwide news story.

Cop buys homeless man shoes

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Impressive, ugly and unbelieveable beards to celebrate the Movember movement

December 3, 2012 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Funny, Pictures

The Movember movement has generated contributions of more than USD 115 mio. this year. To celebrate we bring you a series of beards , although not related to Movember, from around the world. If you didn’t catch our Movember moments post, check it out here: http://culturetown.org/movember-moments-from-canada-denmark-usa-u-k-australia-and-spain/. To find out more about Movember, go to: www.movember.com.

Pacman beard

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World’s first toilet theme park in South Korea

December 1, 2012 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Funny, Pictures

Yes, this is a theme park dedicated to…. toilets. The “world’s first toilet culture park” opened outside the capital of Seoul in the city of Suwon. The World Toilet Association has opened the park with the purpose of educating about the importance of toilet hygiene. The park has toilets displayed from around the world (REUTERS – Kim Hong-Ji).

A visitor poses for a photo by his friend, at the Toilet Culture Park in Suwon.

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