Horrific trend: In Taiwan people can bet on cancer patients

January 31, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

In the city of Taichung, Taiwan a trend of betting on the survival of terminally ill cancer patients has emerged. The horrible gambling trend involves doctors, nurses and in some cases also the families of cancer patients.

Bets are placed on dates of when the ill patients are expected to die. Participants lose their money to the organizers if the patient die within a month. If the patient survives more than a month, the gambler will be paid according to the number of days past the first month.

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Chinese man sues wife for being ugly and gets $120,000

January 29, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

Jian Feng from China was surprised when his apparently beautiful wife gave birth to an “ugly” baby. As he couldn’t understand the result of the birth, he initially accused his wife of cheating.

Jian Feng, China sued his wife for being ugly

 

However, faced with the accusation, she admitted to previously having spent $90,000 on intense plastic surgery, completely altering her appearance. This was before she met Jian Feng and she neglected to tell him about the many surgeries.

Jian Feng, confronted with the truth, decided to divorce his wife and sue her because he got married with her under “false pretences”. As it turned out, the judge agreed with Jian and awarded him $120,000 in settlement.

 

La Tomatina – the famous tomato festival in the Spanish town Buñol

January 28, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Pictures

 

Every year in the end of August the tomato festival La Tomatina is held in Buñol, Spain. To put it simple, it’s a giant tomato fight for fun where participants throw tomatos at each other. The fight begins by trucks entering the scene of Plaza del Pueblo throwing tomatos around. For the next hour tomatos are thrown everywhere by everyone completely coloring the town and the participants red. It is highy recommended to use goggles and gloves to avoid injuries and it is also mandatory to crush the tomato before throwing. It is estimated that 150.000 tomatos in total are used in the fight. They come from the region of Extremadura, being of inferior taste and cheap, grown specifically for the festivities. After the fight the streets are hosed down by fire trucks. Pictures from Wikimedia Commons.

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Amazing Snow Art in Les Arc by Simon Beck

January 27, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East, Pictures

 

Simon Beck spends every winter in French Les Arc turning the snow-covered landscape into magnificent giant pieces of snow-art.  Simon Beck plans a pattern before putting on snowshoes and “drawing” the patternby walking in the nature. Depending on size and shape it takes from six hours to a couple of days to finish the work. The Snow Art will only last until the next snowfall has covered it. For more info, visit: Simon Beck on Facebook. Pictures from Simon Beck.

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New Russian anti-gay law to forbid public display of homosexuality

January 26, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Serious stuff

 

Rights for the homosexual are not doing too good in Russia these days. In the first of three treatments of the new bill, 388 voted yes and 1 voted against. It is expected that the bill will pass the two following votings.

New Russian anti-gay law to forbid public display of homosexuality

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7-year-old Remi Urbano got a cat after more than 100.000 Facebook likes

January 23, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Funny, North America, Serious stuff

 

7-year-old Remi Urbano and his younger sister really really wanted a cat. But their dad wouldn’t allow it. Following a lot of begging, their dad Dan Urbano suggested a bet. Only if the two kids could get 1.000 Facebook likes, would they get a cat. As it turned out, Dan seriously underestimated the power of the internet. And the Facebooks users love of cats and a feel-good story.

Remi Urbano 100000 facebook likes get cat

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The Rio de Janeiro street art paintings by Haas & Hahn

January 22, 2013 in Amazing, Pictures, Serious stuff, South America

 

Meet Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas from the Netherlands. They decided to put some color into the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. The favelas of Rio are visible from many places in the Brazilian city. With this in mind, Haas & Hahn decided to paint beautiful paintings on the streets and walls of the favela in order to make people rethink the way they reflect on the renowned area. Below is the result of this thinking. Find out more at: www.favelapainting.com.

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Aubrey Ireland from the US got a restraining order against her parents

January 21, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, North America

 

Meet Aubrey Ireland, a college student at the University of Cincinnati in the US. She’s leading a pretty normal college life while studying music theater at the university. On top of that, she’s got a court ordered restraining order against her parents. Yes, her parents. Or, helicopter parents you might add.

Aubrey Ireland restraining order against parents

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New Chinese law requires children to visit their parents

January 20, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Serious stuff

 

On Friday the 28th of December 2012, a new law came into force in China. The law simply requires children to visit their aging parents “often”. It is not specified how frequently “often” should be.

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The Chand Baori stepwell of Rajasthan, India

January 20, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Pictures, Serious stuff

 

The Chand Baori stepwell is an incredible masterpiece landmark. Constructed in the 8th century by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty, the well has steps built into the inner walls.

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When decisions are made using Facebook “likes”

January 20, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Funny

 

When 20 year old Peter Kverneng from Norway posted the picture below on Facebook, it got an incredible amount of media attention. In the picture, Peter is sitting beside his friend Cathrine with a sign reading: “Cathrine says that if I get 1 million “likes” she will have sex with me. Please share and like“.

Peter Kverneng from Norway got more than 1 million facebook likes

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Feces donation and transplant cures people

January 19, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Serious stuff

 

An old way to treat infection in the intestines has now proven to be better than medicine. Infection with the Clostridium difficile bacteria causes diarrhea and other illnesses that is known to result in more than 14.000 deaths annually.

Donation of human feces

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Meet the Norwegian Black Metal subculture

January 15, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Pictures

 

Based on the black metal music genre, a subculture known as Norwegian Black Metal emerged back in the early 1990s. The movement, or cult as described by some, centered around a record shop in Oslo, Norway called Helvete (Hell).

The subculture gained worldwide fame due to their strong  anti-Christian beliefs and the variety of crimes they committed. The crimes included multiple cases of arson, two cases of murder and apparently crimes that were satanically-motivated.

From 1992 to 1996 fans and musicians of the Black metal subculture participated in more than 50 arsons of Christian churches. Among the arsons was the burning of the Fantoft Stave Church in 1992. The church was more than 800 years old at the time.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Norwegian_black_metal_scene.

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The crooked house in Poland

January 13, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East

 

The Krzywy Domek, as the building is called in Poland, is the result of work from architecht Szotynscy Zaleski. The house is part of a shopping center, three stories high and is hosting a pub called Wony Pub in the mall. It has been drawn in way that resembles it is melting. Since the construction back in 2004, the Krsywy Domek quickly became the most photographed building in all of Poland. Pictures from: maps.pomocnik.com.

 

Polish crooked house 1

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When KFC opened a new food store in China

January 13, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Funny, Pictures

 

When Kentucky Fried Chicken, the US based chicken fast food chain, opened a new restaurant in China back in 2009, they promoted the opening in an unusual way. Meet the Shrimp installation.

KFC hired 7 people to dress up as shrimps and live together in a small glass cube for more than 2 weeks in an attempt to promote the restaurant. There are no evidence of the success of the installation, but success or not, it looked kinda weird back then. Photos from: Imagine China.

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