Teachers say the darnedest things: How rice flavoring is more expensive than a Porsche

Mamechishiki, literally translated as “bean knowledge,” refers to trivia in Japanese. And, if there’s one thing the Internet is good for (besides videos of cats), it’s trivia!

Today’s “bean knowledge” is about the difference in value (by weight) of furikake (dried seasoning sprinkled over white rice) and a Porsche. It originated on a popular Japanese Twitter hashtag “#surprising things said by my teacher.”

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How to get AmEx to pay for your fun time at the girly bar

After stealing his father’s credit card, one 16-year-old Japanese boy had the (questionably) brilliant idea of taking it for a spin around some “cabaret clubs,” racking up 5,500,000 yen (approximately US$53,300) in charges. His father, understandably, was not willing to the pay and went to court to dispute the bill from American Express.

And how did that turn out for him? Not bad, actually.

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Can you understand me now, Google Glass? A Japanese perspective

By now, you’ve surely heard about Google Glass, the head-mounted computer that allows the wearer to interact with data while going about their day thanks to a tiny display that hovers in the top-right corner of their vision. While this all sounds like a wonderful little slice of the future, the product has come under scrutiny recently amid privacy concerns raised by politicians, and many are wondering about the possible implications of using it in the real world.

While most reviews have been from the perspective of native English-speakers, today we stumbled upon an interesting review written by a Japanese speaker. Despite the country being considered by many to be the home of computer wizardry, Japanese people are often a little shy of new devices at first (the iPhone was positively ignored for its first year on the market), so we were keen to get a Japanese perspective.

Just a couple of paragraphs into the writeup, however, we noticed that the reviewer had stumbled upon a couple of minor problems with Google Glass.
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One of the Mushroom Kingdom’s most iconic characters has a dark, dark secret

Toad, the mushroom-headed character from the Super Mario series of video games that dates back almost 30 years now, is a character known to millions around the globe. Clear a castle in the original game and he’s there to break the news that the princess isn’t actually there. Slip on a banana peel while burning rubber in Super Mario Kart and it’s often his shrill voice you’ll hear echoing through the enormous green pipe tunnels. Need a man to pick and throw vegetables super fast in Super Mario Bros 2? Toad’s your guy.

Little did we know, though, that Toad has been harbouring a terrible secret the entire time we’ve known him. One that shocked Japanese fans and Twitter users to the core when the following photo came to light.

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Nails: the way to a handsome guy’s heart! (According to these comic strips)

Hey, ladies, are you missing some matrimonial bliss in your life?

Well, if so, Nail Salon Venusrico has a special message for you in full color manga form: good nails = marriage.

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JSDF’s new helicopter may or may not be fake, a real-life transformer

All this anime is clearly getting to Japanese people’s heads. Japanese media has fallen hook, line and sinker for this seemingly impossible, anime-inspired helicopter design, breathlessly reporting that Ghost in the Shell-style vehicles are being designed by the (Japan Self Defence Force) JSDF right now.

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Time for Your Hump-Day Treat! Kitty Shows Us How to Relax 【Video】

This cute kitty doesn’t care if he looks a bit silly, because he’s having the time of his life! Read More

84 Percent of Women Don’t Want to See Nipples at the Office, World’s Least Surprising Survey Says

With summer fast approaching and people shedding layers to stay cool, every businessman faces a decision of vast importance: what type of undershirt to wear beneath your white button-up.

Men, if you’ve never given this any thought before, consider this fair warning: A Nikka Spa! survey of 100 female office workers confirms that your choice of undershirt could have grave and far-reaching consequences and the wrong choice might even get you accused of sexual harassment.

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Roll Up! Roll Up! See the Headless Hokkaido Penguin Here! 【Video】

The penguins! They’ve… lost their heads!!

There’s no Photoshop trickery involved here – just living, breathing penguins wandering around their enclosure in Hokkaido’s Asahiyama Zoo with nothing but air where their heads ought to be. What on earth is happening on Japan’s northernmost island!?

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The Definitive Video Guide to Using Chopsticks, Guaranteed Everyone Will Learn Something From It

Throughout my time in Japan I’m often reminded of how “awesome” I am at using chopsticks at every possible moment by the locals (a phenomenon compounded by my being left-handed).

Yet despite this excessive praise for eating like a human, I still feel I have a lot to learn about manipulating said utensils with more poise and grace. That’s why I’m excited to have found this instructional video that has answered all my questions and more.

Please, join us in learning how to use chopsticks like an expert through this video. And for all our Asian friends who think they have chopsticks mastered, I’m sure there is something for you to learn too!

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Free Hugs? Uhh…Okay, Says Japan

The free hug boom that swept the world nearly a decade ago also made it to Japan. Though only on shaky legs, it seems.

In case you don’t remember or somehow missed it, the idea was that people would stand around in public areas holding signs that read, simply enough, “Free Hugs.” If interested, anyone was welcome to step forward for a warm embrace. Ostensibly, it was an attempt to spread love and peace, and it did seem to bring a lot of smiles to a lot of people. Overall, a net positive.

Though the movement seems mostly to have quieted, one Japanese writer in Tokyo has described his recent experience meeting some Japanese Free-Huggers. Read More

Chinese Photoshop Trolls Part 3: This Time It’s Personal

Just when you thought it was safe to ask someone to touch up your photo, China’s Photoshop-proficient wags are back to corrupt people’s innocent image processing wishes.

In case, you missed Part 1 or even Part 2 of the series, the process involves someone asking for their photo to be improved, only to have the meaning of their words intentionally twisted for the sake of (our) humor. For example, the lady above was hoping she could look “sexier” through doctoring. Alas, she soon found that sexiness is in the eye of the beholder, or rather the person doing the ‘shopping.

Now that we’re all up to speed, on with the show.

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Oh Dear! Has Peter Rabbit Discovered a New, Darker Side to Himself?

I’m sure many of you have memories of reading tales from Beatrix Potter‘s famous Peter Rabbit series as a child and being fascinated with the exquisitely drawn anthropomorphic animals in the books. Although Peter and his friends wore brightly colored human clothes, they looked so real that they seemed like they might walk out of the pages of the book at any time, didn’t they? You probably even had a favorite character too. (Mine was Tom Kitten, by the way.) Some of you may also recall the 2006 Hollywood movie Ms. Potter, which told the extraordinary story of how the Peter Rabbit series came into being, with Renée Zellweger starring in the title role.

But now, as an adult, do you ever feel the urge to see such pure, wholesome characters from your childhood acting just the slightest bit naughty? Well, Japanese comic artist Keiichi Tanaka apparently had just such an urge and actually produced a drawing depicting exactly that — our beloved Peter Rabbit indulging in kinky behavior! Read More

Adobe and the Case of the Missing Chill Pill

It wouldn’t be going too far to say that Photoshop is the best friend of many creators. As such, it’s understandable that there’s a lot of interest in the most recent announcement from Adobe, the software’s creator. The company announced on May 7 that they would be changing all of their products to cloud services with monthly fees.

As such, the company has set up a public blog for Japan, where they answer questions submitted by users concerned about how the changes will affect them. And that’s how the trouble began! After the same question was submitted over and over and OVER, the following exchange appeared on the site, brimming with unrestrained frustration. Read More

Shield Your Rocket: Waterproofing a Smartphone with a Condom

I’m sure that there are those of you out there who use their smartphones in the tub. Soaking while you surf the Net and watch movies is just pure bliss, ain’t it? The bathtub smartphone is simply awesome! And slightly dangerous…

What you really need to pay attention to is waterproofing. Certainly there are special accessories and ziplock bags, but recently there’s been one…unique method running around the Internet rumor mills. What the hell am I talking about? Using condoms for waterproofing! Read More

Oops – The Weird and Cute Things Found in Japan’s Public Photocopiers

Forgetting stuff at the copy machine is one thing when you’re at work and everyone already knows about all your weird little obsessions (we’re looking at you, whoever’s making copies of horse-riding advertisements and Jell-o recipes), but it’s entirely different when you forget your stuff at a public copy machine. Someone might even take pictures and tweet them for the whole world to see!

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Gas Attack! Can Holding In Farts Be Bad For you?

You’re on a date with the most amazing person you’ve ever met. It’s all going well, and you know you’re not going home alone tonight. But as you finish up your meal, it hits you out of nowhere: the stomach rumbles of a vicious fart. Your mind races: what to do?! Should you hold it in or break wind and try to blame it on the waiter?

Well, today we have a translation of a Japanese article about this very topic! Now you’ll know what happens when you hold in those Silent-But-Deadlies.

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Middle-Aged Woman Drops Deuce in Glass Elevator with Video Surveillance, Really Sucks at Finding Discreet Places to Defecate

Recently another video was added to the disturbingly growing number of viral images depicting people evacuating their bowels in public places in China. Previously we’ve seen subway and airplane crapping, but this lady takes the cake. Apparently trapped in a train station on the Shenzen Metro Line 3 with no other place to go, she chooses a glass elevator equipped with a security camera as her makeshift toilet.

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Step Out of the Vegie Patch in a Pair of Onion Tights

There’s a theory that says cultures see colours differently. So what happens when you put green and white together on a pair of tights? Most of us would throw colour theories out the window and just see a pair of awesome legs. But when you’re in Japan, some people say, “Green onion!” and others shout “No! White radish!”

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Green Day Vocalist Compares Psy to Herpes Infection, Psy Unsure if That’s a Good or Bad Thing

Looks like Green Day’s frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong, needs to add anger issues to his growing list of ailments requiring rehab. Armstrong was apparently infuriated by the success of Korean pop star, Psy, and his record breaking sensation, Gangnam Style, which made its rounds while Armstrong was serving a stint in a clinic for alcohol and prescription pill abuse. The rocker experienced a “flareup” of sorts at the news that Psy’s epic follow-up, Gentleman, was racking up similar praise.

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