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Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal has camera screwed into his head

In New York, the Iraqi-born performance artist Wafaa Bilal has a 10 megapixel camera surgically attached to the back of his head.

The idea of the project he’s working on, also called “The Third Eye”, is to mount a camera on the back of his head which is connected to the internet and to the Doha Modern Art Arab Museum, and which takes images every one minute while broadcasting them on the internet.

He claims that by doing this he’s creating a platform for discussion.

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Jamal Koukeh: the 51 year old Syrian concrete block smasher

In preparation for a world record attempt, the 51 year old Syrian free fighting champion Jamal Koukeh is practicing smashing concrete blocks with his legs. As part of his public demonstration, he also broke blocks with his hands using an upturned machete. For a finale, he placed a pair of swords in his mouth before being hit with a sledgehammer.

Watch him in the video below:

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I-Fairy robot weds a Japanese couple

The craze for Robots in Japan has led a couple to decide to get married by a Robot!

Via OnlyInJapan.org

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Khaled Dadouh: the Syrian strongman

In Damascus, Syria, Khaled Dadouh does crazy things like piercing his skin with metal hooks and then pulling a car. He claims that we can overcome impossible obstacles through sport, as long as we have faith. Not only that, Khaled claims anyone can do this.

Watch the video of Khaled below:

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Shampooch: Dubai’s mobile pet spa

In Dubai, UAE, pet pampering has finally gone mobile. A company called ‘Shampooch’ offers pet grooming in a van. Watch the video below for more information:

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Beijing toilet-themed restaurant

In Beijing, China, nothing quite says fine dining… like a toilet-themed restaurant. At this establishment in Beijing, it’s no use complaining to the waiter that the food looks a bit like ****.

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Watch online Earthlings, the shocking documentary about society’s cruel treatment of animals

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If you’ve never watched this documentary, then I urge you to do so unless you have a weak heart.

Earthlings is a 2005 multi-award-winning documentary about speciesism by Shaun Monson. The film was narrated by Hollywood actor and animal rights activist Joaquin Phoenix. Earthlings also features a score by musician and activist Moby, who’s one of my favourite musicians.

The documentary is about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. It is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, factory farms, slaughterhouses, circuses etc… The film took around six years to complete because of the difficulty in obtaining footage within these profitable industries.

You can watch the documentary online for free at www.earthlings.com .

Watch the trailer below. Viewer discretion is advised:

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The Putting Bra: another weird lingerie creation from Japan

If you think the Man Bra is weird, well check this out.

Ever been in the middle of something, then realized you really want a game of golf? Well the Japanese lingerie manufacturer Triumph have come up with a solution: a putting mat bra. The bra can be transformed into a 1.5 meter long putting green which is fully equipped along with a special skirt to ensure silence during the game.

Check it out in the video below via OnlyInJapan.org:

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The Man Bra from Japan’s online lingerie Wishroom

Where would you find the weirdest creations on earth?

Japanese online lingerie shop Wishroom has recently unveiled a strange addition to its new product line: the Man Bra. Strangely, the $30-dollar Man Bra is now Wishroom’s fastest-selling men’s garment. The Man Bra comes in three colours - black, white, and of course, pink.

Check it out in the video below via OnlyInJapan.org:

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Noodle bath: another relaxation treat from Hanoke, Japan

After bringing you the Beer Bath in Czech Republic and the Chocolate Bath in Hanoke, Japan, a new type of bath will be added to the list. It’s the Noodle Bath, again in Hanoke, Japan.

The Yunessan Spa House have launched a bath containing noodles and broth for their customers. Health authorities have banned edible noodles , so a synthetic noodle is used. A noodle bath is apparently good for the skin, and can increase metabolism.

Check it out in the video below via OnlyInJapan.org:

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Wash-Bar: the German disco laundromat

Now, I feel like doing laundry.

In Hamburg, Germany, the Wash-Bar is no ordinary laundromat. It’s in fact a disco laundromat! While the spin dryers get to work, DJs spin tunes for the customers. The laundromat even serves food and drinks.

Check it out in the video below:

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Latest craze in Valentine’s gifts: chocolate spa and bath

I have previously blogged about beer bath as the ultimate relaxation treat, but for non-alcoholics or chocolate lovers, these top it all. They are the latest craze in Valentine’s gifts: the chocolate spa in Israel and the chocolate bath in Hanoke, Japan.

Check them out in the video below:

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Tabouli and Baba Ganoush: two of the world’s most expensive cats

The New York Cat Show in 2004 was the first public exhibition of cloned cats. Three cats, which were named after Lebanese culinary dishes, wowed the visitors. These cats were Tabouli, Baba Ganoush, and their genetic donor Tahini. At 50,000$ for the clone, Tabouli and Baba Ganoush are two of the most expensive cats in the world.

Check them out in the video below:

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Jetlev-Flyer: the recreational jetpack that lets you fly over water

If you’ve been dreaming about flying a personal jetpack for way too long, then your wait is finally over! Jetlev Sports Inc. is proud to introduce the Jetlev-Flyer, the recreational jetpack almost anyone can enjoy over water. But just one thing, it’s priced around 130,000$.

Check it out in the promotional video below:

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Dolce Heavenly Concert: the Japanese concert where the audience is asleep

In Tokyo, Japan, this recital is the only one of its kind in the world, since most of the audience members… are asleep. In this two-day event called “Dolce Heavenly Concert”, spectators are invited to relax in luxury beds and since it’s sponsored by Haagen-Dazs, they are provided with as much ice cream as they can eat.

Check it out in the video below via OnlyInJapan.org:

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Kayabukiya Tavern: the Japanese tavern with monkey waiters

The Kayabukiya Tavern in Utsunomiya, Japan, employs two waiters with special background: they are both macaque monkeys. If you’re wondering how they are tipped, well they earn boiled soybeans as tips. Though in line with animal regulations, they only work for two hours a day.

Watch them while they’re working in the video below via OnlyInJapan.org:

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Fitness Phone: the Japanese phone that can even measure bad breath

In October 2007, the Japanese firm NTT DoCoMo unveiled a prototype “fitness phone”. Designed to help you stay fit, it has devices that measure burnt calories, heart rate, and even body fat. But most useful of all, the phone can tell you if you have a bad breath. An alcohol-breathalyzer is apparently due next.

Check it out in the video below:

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Saroj Kumar: the man immune to electricity

In Uttar Pradesh, India, the 29 year old Saroj Kumar claims to be shock proof. To demonstrate this, he plays with high-tension electrical cables and holds naked live wires. Saroj discovered his ‘gift’ when his village got electricity six years ago. He claimed that after touching two naked wires, he emerged unhurt.

Watch Saroj Kumar in the video below:

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Beer bath: the ultimate relaxation treat

The Chodovar brewery in Chadova Plana, Czech Republic, has come up with the ultimate relaxation treat that draws people from all over Europe: a beer bath.

According to its creator Dr. Roman Vokaty, the mineral water in the bath relieves the carbon dioxide which highly impact the capillaries and allows muscle relaxation. The bath also contains beer with additives which are good for the skin, because of the vitamin B and the ale yeast. These have a very positive effect against skin illnesses.

Nevertheless, drinking your bath water is generally frowned upon.

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Hand From Above by Chris O’Shea

I strongly believe that every now and then we should interact with the public in some way or another because it relieves us from the life of robot that most of us live. A very good illustration of my point would be in the interactive big screen stuck out in the middle of a heavy pedestrian traffic area in Liverpool in September 2009.

Check out this idea made by Chris O’Shea below:

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NASA captures rare footage of the Sun erupting

NASA’s twin Stereo spacecrafts “Behind” and “Ahead” captured rare footage of the Sun erupting over about a 30-hour period between 26 and 27 September 2009. The eruption was so large that the spacecrafts were able to observe it for hours on end, one of the few times this has occurred.

Check it out in the video below by BBC:

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Fuamen: the new Japanese restaurant with Robot chefs

Fuamen, which is located in Nagoya, Japan, is the newest addition to the list of funky Japanese restaurants. Standing for ‘Fully Automated Ramen’, this restaurant prepares Ramen - which is a Japanese noodle dish - using robots!

Launched by the robot manufacturer Aisei, the restaurant’s robot chefs even put the food into bowls and serve it. The entire process of making the noodles takes a minute and 40 seconds. In their downtime, the robots also spin plates and fight each other with kitchen implements.

Check them out in the video below:

via OnlyInJapan.org

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Jyotiraju the Monkey King: It’s Parkour, Indian style

Aged 23, Jyotiraju from Karnataka, India, has a special skill: scaling walls with no rope. He got the nickname ‘Monkey King’ when he started imitating manoeuvres of monkeys while jumping and climbing up trees and walls.

Climbing walls and buildings is not something new, and people already do that such as the famous French spiderman Alain Robert, who scaled more than 85 skyscrapers around the world, most of them using his bare hands. But Jyotiraju adds an artistic touch to it, especially with his his signature move, the Backflip.

I recommend you watching him and his signature move in the video below:

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Hong Kong’s Oxyvital Bar: Please breathe responsibly

Among Hong Kong’s many bars, this one is fairly unique. Customers do not come here for alcohol, but instead they come for something else: oxygen. Check it out below in the video from Diagonal View:

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Akbar: The huge 19.2 pound newborn baby

An Indonesian woman has given birth to an 8.7 kilograms (19.2 pounds) baby boy, the heaviest newborn ever recorded in the country, a doctor said Wednesday.

The baby, who is named ‘Akbar’ which in Arabic means ‘Great’, is 62 centimeters (24.4 inches) long and was born by cesarean section last week at a public hospital in North Sumatra province. He’s got strong appetite and the way he cries is very loud. The boy’s massive size was likely the result of his mother, Ani, 41, having diabetes.

Check how big he is compared to other babies in the video below by ITV News:

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