The giant 15 metre-tall inflatable poop art installation in Hong Kong

April 29, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Funny

 

An ‘abstract’ sculpture has attracted a lot of attention in Hong Kong these days. The 15.5 metre-tall installation named Complex Pile, by American artist Paul McCarthy, resembles a giant poop. The exhibition is organised by the West Kowloon visual culture center with the name of “M+”. According to the museum’s director, he wasn’t sure what the artist was trying to achieve.

Giant inflatable poop

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Culture on the web: cousincouples.com in support of cousin couples

April 24, 2013 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, North America, Serious stuff, South America

 

Our series of weird, alternative or just different websites, we’ve turned our attention to cousincouples.com. As the title indicates, this is a website for cousin couples to meet and interact with other couples of the same kind. As they explain on their front page, it is a site for those romantically involved with their cousin. It is a site dedicated to providing support and facts about cousin marriages as well as fostering friendships around the world. It may be used for getting advice or exchanging information.

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Chess Boxing – a hybrid sport combining chess and boxing

April 22, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, North America

 

Ever heard of Chess Boxing? As the name indicates, it’s a hybrid sport combining chess with boxing in alternating rounds. It originates from the French artist and filmmaker Enki Bilal who pictured it in his comic book Froid Equator in 1992. The idea of Chess Boxing was picked up by the Dutch artist Lepe Rubingh in 2003, where he organized the first real event.

Chess boxing hybrid sport in Berlin

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Meet Tom Leppard – the leopard man

April 17, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East

Tom Leppard was once in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the world’s most tattooed man. He is not anymore, but his tattoos still make him stand out from the crowd. Tom is tattooed to look like a leopard.

Tom Leppard the leopard man

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Map of China literally translated into English

April 13, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Funny

A map published by the Shanghaiist shows Chinese provinces and nearby countries translated into English from Chinese, literally. Many names in Chinese actually have a meaning, which is what this map tries to capture.

China map literally translated names

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In Japan lonely students can go to rent-a-friend services

April 7, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

According to the big Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, students in Japanese universities have gotten more lonely in recent years. They are finding it increasingly difficult to make friends, resulting in more students failing to attend classes or dropping out. This trend has caused a new kind of service to emerge. So-called rent-a-friend companies offer different kinds of ‘friend’ services.

Japanese students

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The cruel and bizarre dog spinning ritual in Bulgaria

April 4, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East

 

On the first day of Lent, a very special and cruel ritual is practised in Bulgaria. In the village of Brodilovo in southeastern Bulgaria, a dog is suspended on a rope above a river. Then the dog in the rope is turned numerous times in one direction in order to wind the rope. Shortly after, the dog is released making it spin rapidly in the opposite direction while unwinding the rope. For hundreds of years this bizarre ritual has been carried because it was believed to prevent rabies.

dog spinning Bulgaria Brodilovo

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Chinese boy has spent the past 6 years in an internet cafe

April 3, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

Meet Li Meng from China. Since graduating from University, he has spent the majority of the past six years playing games in an internet cafe.

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World’s largest public bathroom in China with 1000 toilets

April 1, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Pictures

 

The Chinese city of Chongqing holds a weird kind of world record. The world record for the largest bathroom. In Chongqing they built a porcelain palace with an Egyptian facade and more than 1000 toilets in a four-story building of 3000 square meters (32000 square feet).

Chongqing China 1000 toilet bathroom 5

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