The world map of rude place names by Gary Gale

March 2, 2013 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Funny, North America, South America

 

Gary Gale of Britain has created the world’s first map of place names that have wrong, rude or funny associations in the English language. How about a trip to Bitsch in Switzerland, Shit in Iran or maybe Big Dick Lake in the U.S.?

Map of rude place names of the world

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The Maeklong railway food market in Thailand

February 21, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

Welcome to the amazing food market where trains run through 8 times a day. The Maeklong food market, 70 km south-west of the capital Bangkok in Thailand, is very special compared to other food markets. All the stalls are set up on both sides of a railway. A railway still being used. So, as a train passes by all the stall owners must quickly gather their goods and pull them aside, in order for the train to pass. This happens 8 times a day. After the train has passed, they can unpack their stalls and the shopping continues.

Maeklong railway food market in Thailand 1

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Man gets world map and 220 national flags tattooed on his body

February 18, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

Meet Guinness Rishi, an Indian man who wants to become a human flagpole. Mr. Rishi, originally named Har Parkash, changed his name to show commitment to setting Guinness world records.

Guinness Rishi 220 national flag tattoos on his body 3

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First mass Moon wedding since the death of the founder

February 17, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Serious stuff

 

3,500 couples got married in the first mass wedding in the Moon movement, since the death of their founder. Almost identically dressed up, the many couples took part in the ceremony, performed by Hak Ja-Han, the widow of Moon founder Sun Myung Moon who passed away in September 2012.

Moon mass wedding South Korea 3500 couples

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Chinese new year of the snake celebrations

February 12, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Pictures

 

The new Chinese year began on February 10th 2013. The year of the snake. At the Ditan Temple celebrations took place to mark the start of the snake year according to the Chinese zodiac. Amongst the performers is a guy inserting live snakes through his nose, then pulling them out of the mouth.

Chinese new year snake 2013 1

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The crazy swim suit skiing carnival in China

February 10, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Funny, Pictures

 

Each year during winter at the Shenyang Forest Park snow park in China, contestants wear nothing but swim suits or summer apparels while skiing down the slopes. This is the Swim suit skiing carnival.

Skiing swim suit carnival China 1

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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.

 

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.

Beijing Tiananmen Square China Mao

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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.

Chand_Baori_(Step-well)

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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.

Shrimp people promotion 1

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The street dentist from India

January 6, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Pictures

 

Poverty has resulted in a business probably not seen in developed countries. In India, you can visit the dentist on the street! Going to a normal dental clinic can be a very pricy experience. So to cater for the huge population in India with limited or no funds to keep the teeth healthy, a man has started a small street-side dentist “office”. A variety of teeth replacements and dentures are kept in a briefcase for customers to have a quick fix when on the road.

Street dentist in India

 

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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.

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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