The Democratic People’s Repuplic of Korea, also commonly called North Korea, introduced a new calendar system back in 1997. They had previously used the Gregorian or Western calendar which is the most widely accepted calendar internationally. But in 1997 they began using the Juche calendar, which is based on the founder Kim Il Sungs date of birth 15 April 1912.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
For more than 30 years, cow’s testicles have been the center of celebrations in Montana. During the testicle festival known as Testy Fest, more than 15,000 people join the festivities to eat and appreciate breaded, deep fried and beer marinated cow balls. The cow testicles also goes by the name of Rocky Mountain Oysters. If you plan to join in, you must be 21 years of age! For more info, go to: www.testyfesty.com. Picture: Rob Evans, licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.
Europe’s largest fire festival takes place on Scotland’s Shetland Islands every January. It is held to mark the end of the Yule season (Christmas was once called Yule in Scotland). Thousands of men dress up as Vikings, marching in squads through towns while carrying torches. The procession culminates in the burning of a replica Viking longship. The celebrations are held at more than 10 different locations all over the Shetland Islands.
Credits: Mike Pennington. Link to picture. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.
Every year in the small city of Sonkajärvi in Finland, a special competition has taken place since 1992. It is the World Championships in Wife Carrying. Men compete by racing through a special track with obstacles, all while carrying a female on their back.
Meet 39-year-old Liu Ye from Zhuhai city, China. He’s married to 39-year-old Liu Ye from Zhuhai city, China. Yes, Liu actually married himself back in 2007. In front of more than 100 guests, Liu and a foam cut-out of himself in a bridal dress, said Yes to each other. Or, probably only one of the Liu’s actually said it.
El Colacho, also known as baby jumping, is a traditional Spanish holiday originating back to 1620. It takes place once a year to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in the small town of Castrillo de Murcia. A part of the festivities revolves around the El Colacho, baby jumping. Babies born during the last twelve months are laid on matresses on the ground followed by men dressed as devils jump over them.