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).
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.
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.
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.
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).