Category Archives: Japan

Viral Link Top Ten: The Mad Hatter Edition

10. Secret iPhone Factory Photos!

A woman finds her new iPhone has some top-secret pics on it…

9. “Why So Serious?” Dollar Bill

I’m tempted to do this to my own money, but isn’t it illegal???

8. The Six Worst Comic Book Husbands

Sure, they can fight crime…but what about their skills as a hubby?

7. Princess Chunk The Cat

We are looking for the owner of a 44-pound cat. LOL.

6. Paranoia Sweater

Come out, come out of your deceitful yarn paradise…

5. Johnny Depp To Play Mad Hatter In Tim Burton Alice Flick

I always thought Tim looked like the Mad Hatter, actually…

4. Viper-Flavored Ice-Cream

Dairy that bites…

3. The Night Owls

The best webcomic you’re not reading yet.

2. Keira Knightley Refuses Digital Boob Jobs

…and becomes icon for smaller-breasted women everywhere.

1. George W. Bush as The Joker…

…by Drew Friedman in Vanity Fair!

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“Monster Parents” In Japan Terrorize Schools

There were 26 Snow Whites in the school play — and no dwarves or wicked witches. That’s because the parents at the school insisted that only their precious darlings were good enough to play Snow White.

The moms and dads achieved this feat — which resulted in 26 Snow Whites — by harassing and pressuring the school until it relented. This is part of a new social phenomenon in Japan called “Monster Parents.”

This new crop of monster parents terrorize schools by committing such acts as ganging up to get certain “problem” teachers fired, planting sound recording devices in the classrooms to get “evidence,” and insisting that the structure of the school’s sports events be changed to make things more “equal.”

In extreme cases, the parents resort to “teacher hunting” — actually approaching the teacher in question as an angry mob and harassing until him or her offers to resign on the spot

These aggressive parents are a far cry from what was considered their place in an earlier time in Japan, a time where “decorum” ruled and schools respected. The reason for the change? It’s been theorized that social breakdowns as the result of the economic downturns of the 1990s might be a factor.

Now Japanese teachers and school officials live in fear of the Monster Parents.

(Times Online)

Viral Link Top Ten

10. Retro Gaming On Real Backgrounds

A series of awesome pictures matching classic video game graphics to real backgrounds.

9. The Evil PedEgg

The Smoking Gun reports on the hot water the makers of the foot care product PedEgg is in. You know, the one in those cheap infomercials with all the dead skin shavings that look like cocaine?

8. The Lyrics To Daft Punk’s “Around The World”

I think Bob Dylan wrote this.

7. The Worst Website Of All Time

Do not click if prone to seizures, nauseate easily, or are afraid of WTF sites that look like virus factories.

6. Guitar Hero Action Figures By McFarlane Toys

All your favorite characters from the popular game will be represented, along with little models of their fake-ass guitars.

5. “This Is Not A Pipe” Super Mario Print From Threadless

Magritte weeps, then says f**k it and moves on.

4. “Fat Guy Stuck In Internet”

Self-explanatory.

3.“Finding Nemo” Leads To Endangerment Of Clownfish Population

So a film about rotten little kids who imprison clownfish creates legion of rotten little kids imprisoning clownfish. Nelson says: “Ha-Ha!”

2. Dragon’s Lair Turns 25 Years Old

Which means that I’m 100.

1. No Ice On North Pole This Summer

We’re screwed. Enjoy your weekend!

Psychedelic Music & Movie Posters of Tadanori Yokoo

Tadanori Yokoo is one of Japan’s most prolific graphic designers and has been described as “the Japanese Andy Warhol.” More posters at the link, or visit his official site.

Woman Secretly Lives In Man’s Closet For A Year

A 57-year-old man in Japan got the shock of his life when he discovered a 58-year-old woman was living in his closet on-and-off for about a year. He initially became suspicious when the food started disappearing from his refrigerator, and a security camera confirmed his fears.

The woman had smuggled a mattress and several plastic bottles in her temporary residence, and, when confronted by police, said she had no place to live.

Then the man and woman realized that fate had thrown them together, and decided to get married, which I’m totally making up because it would have been really cool. I mean, can’t you see the American remake of this story with Adam Sandler and Sarah Jessica Parker?

First European Sumo Wrestler Wins Emperor’s Cup

Bulgarian Kaloyan Mahlyanov, better known in Japan as “Kotooshu,” is the very first European to win sumo wrestling’s coveted Emperor’s Cup. As the “David Beckham of sumo,” the 346-pound Kotooshu is head-butting his way into demolishing stereotypes regarding the ancient Japanese sport.

(via Inventor Spot)

Adult Slime

Remember this?

Now there’s this:

“The slime, which rest-assured comes in a plastic capsule (though one with slightly more modern, sophisticated lines), is scented to appeal to adult sensitivities. Adult Slime comes in four varieties (¥1,029 each), hot, relax, love, and elegance, each with a scent to match the ascribed mood.”

I’m…not exactly sure how you use the slime.

(via Gizmodo)