Basement Jaxx’s bizarre Japan-based music video freaks us out, makes us want to dance

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Sometimes it seems like whenever a Western creator wants to get away with something really over the top and crazy, they just set it in Japan to take advantage of that “those Japanese are sooooo weird” stereotype while simultaneously distancing themselves from criticism.

The latest creators to do this are British electronic dance band Basement Jaxx, who have come up with something really, uh… special.

Before we let you watch, we’ll give you a heads-up that it’s somewhat NSFW-ish, mainly on account of it involving robotic butts twerking. We told you it was bizarre.

Peaches packaged in pairs of panties provoke protests

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It’s summer which means it’s the season for peaches! These sweet and juicy fruits are believed to have originated in China and thrive there to this day, with the Asian nation producing over half of the world’s supply. But inside the People’s Republic, this level of familiarity has locals disinterested, inspiring growers to look for ways to spice things up between consumers and peaches. And so, to reignite people’s passion for the fuzzy fruits, they slipped on pairs of sheer panties.

Chinese City Builds World’s First Rectangular Running Track

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Sports officials in Tonghe County in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province have built the world’s first and only rectangular running track. That’s a weird shape for a track, but their reason for building it is weirder – because they couldn’t get an oval one ready in time for an inspection!

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The running track was built as a part of a larger, big-budget project – the renovation of Tonghe County’s 10,000-square foot stadium. Local authorities were behind schedule and time was running out. With a Communist Party inspection looming over their heads, the managers of the project simply decided to ditch the traditional oval design and go for a simpler rectangular one instead.

While the rest of the stadium looks brilliant with its perfectly laid grass and excellent seating facilities, the rectangular track sticks out like a sore thumb. The original track at the stadium was actually oval, but the officials explained that it was so worn out that it couldn’t just be used as a template for re-painting. The inspection was a last-minute decision, and the managers had to complete the track in a hurry, so they simply decided on a rectangle with 90-degree bends that were easier to measure and lay out.

Woman with middle name ‘Skywalker’ told she infringes copyright

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Her namesake may be able to travel across galaxies in Star Wars, but Laura Matthews from Southend – whose middle name is Skywalker – isn’t even able to get on a budget airline to the Med.

The 29-year-old added the middle name by deed poll in 2008, “for a bit of a laugh”, and recently tried to renew her passport, complete with her new name and the signature L. Skywalker. Her application was refused, with the Home Office telling her it “will not recognise a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark”.

“We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute,” a spokesperson told the BBC. A disgruntled Matthews complained: “It’s on my driving licence, my bank cards, everything. Everyone else is happy with that signature apart from passport office.”

A compromise is nevertheless being hashed out where she could submit a passport form with her old, non-Tatooinian signature, and is able to keep her new name on her new passport.

Photo shows what looks like a giant penis in the sky

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A wildlife photographer took a picture of a completely different type of cock when he spotted a penis shaped cloud above his house.

The keen-eyed snapper, known only as Villager Jim, couldn’t resist getting a shot of the pornographic precipitation for poseterity’s sake.

The 48-year-old had been pottering around his home in Foolow Derbshire, when the lewd formation briefly passed by.

“I couldn’t belive it when I saw it over my house. Its not usually the sort of thing I would take a picture of but I’m not going to miss out on a huge c**k flying overhead.”

WATCH: This NSFW Commercial Was Too Hot for TV, But Has Blown Up Online

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It’s not often you hear of satellite navigation brands getting into trouble for putting out content that’s too hot for television, but that’s exactly what has happened with TomTom’s latest commercial.

The recently-released spot features American model Alexandria Morgan as an outdoor runner, pounding the pavement in a strapless bra and providing an adolescent boy sitting nearby – and let’s be honest, all of us — a visual treat.

The commercial glorifies the experience of running ‘strapless,’ as a tie-in to TomTom’s new Runner Cardio, which comes with a built-in heart rate monitor so runners no longer have to rely on a chest strap.

The commercial proved too hot for television however and was reportedly pulled off the airways. But thanks to the internet, you can watch it all you want online. Just be careful, it is definitely NSFW.

Check out one of the hottest banned commercials we’ve seen in a while …….

Woman Who Crawled Naked Through Doggy Door Tells Her Side Of Story

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Remember the woman who broke into a stranger’s house through the doggy door and when she was found sitting naked in the bathtub said that she was looking for a phone to use? Well, she’s back and here to talk about what preceded her famous arrest as well as the fallout from becoming a Weird News celebrity.

o-SARA-SOTO-570First, the recap: Sara Elizabeth Soto, 25, was arrested in Weatherford, Texas on April 22, 2013. A homeowner said that he found his doggy door damaged after 1 a.m. and that Soto was sitting unclothed in his tub, according to TV station KDFW. An officer found Soto’s black dress on the resident’s porch and allowed her to put it back on before booking her on trespassing and criminal mischief, according to the Weatherford Democrat.

But that’s only a fraction of her wild night. Soto, a self-professed pothead who raps under the name Sara Toke-A-Lot, spoke at length to MTV News’ Marty Beckerman(himself the focus of a Weird News article)

“She actually sent a message out of the blue. And we wondered, what is her life like now? Does she still get recognized? Can she find a job with thousands of Google results?,” Beckerman told The Huffington Post by email. “We asked if she wanted to share her side of the story, and could have never anticipated how different it would be to what was originally reported a year ago.”

Here are the highlights from MTV’s interview:

  • Even if she hadn’t been hauled to jail, Soto never would have forgotten that night, because she’d just been informed that she was adopted.
  • Reeling from the revelation about her birth, she went out for a drive and crashed her Nissan into a ditch 60 miles from home. MTV confirmed with Weatherford Police that she crashed her car that night.
  • Soto claims that police refused to let her call for a ride home and so she went out penniless into the wee hours of the night in search of a phone. A Weatherford official said it would punish anyone on the force if Soto’s allegation were true.
  • She knocked on several doors to ask for help, but no one answered. So this is where Soto decided to disrobe and break in. (By the way, Soto is adamant that she didn’t wiggle through the pet entrance like an animal; she just reached through the door.)
  • Taking off her clothes made perfect sense to Soto, because her nudity would convince whomever she might encounter that she wasn’t carrying a weapon and that, in fact, she was in need of help.
  • Soto wound up in the tub, because she heard someone in the house and wanted to hide.

There’s lots more to Soto’s tale, such as her complaint that no one returned her panties.

Flight Attendant Warns Travelers To Flush Their Drugs Before Landing

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An Australian airline apologized on Wednesday for a warning a flight attendant gave passengers who might have been flying high that there were drug-sniffer dogs awaiting them at Sydney airport.

n-AIRPLANE-LAVATORY-large570Many of the 210 passengers aboard the Jetstar flight from Gold Coast city on Sunday night had attended the Splendour in the Grass weekend music festival at Byron Bay and were returning home.

“We have been told there are sniffer dogs and quarantine officers waiting in the domestic terminal,” Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper on Wednesday quoted the attendant as telling passengers via the Airbus A320’s public address system.

“If you need to dispose of anything you shouldn’t have, we suggest you flush it now,” he added.

The newspaper said the warning prompted passengers to rush for the toilets.

Jetstar spokesman Stephen Moynihan confirmed the newspaper report was accurate. He said the public response to the announcement had been “mixed.”

The airline said it routinely makes quarantine announcements on such flights that cross state borders.

“The crew member’s words were poorly chosen and are plainly at odds with the professional standards we’d expect from our team,” Jetstar said in a statement. “We apologize to customers offended by the comments.”

Jetstar said it was “addressing the matter with the cabin crew member involved,” but did not detail any potential disciplinary action.

One passenger told the newspaper several passengers suddenly made for the toilets with “things clenched in their hands.”

“Why would you tip people off about this?” the passenger, who was not named, asked.” If they have got something illegal, let them get caught.”

But the response on Jetstar’s Facebook page was largely positive.

“What a good Samaritan, Jetstar Australia this guy deserves a promotion,” Rohit Dwivedi posted.

“Of course you should warn your passengers to help avoid them being humiliated, locked in a cage or fined,” Jebediah Cole posted.

Australian Federal Police declined on Wednesday to comment.

When tipping at a restaurant, tipping 15 percent or 20 percent is just fine, But a $43,239.92 tip on an $8 meal is a little excessive

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Tipping brings out strong opinions in diners. Some think 15 percent is fine; others insist on 20 percent; some say you should tip pre-tax, others on an after-tax basis. But what if your tip was a huge 500,000 percent over the cost of the meal?

6511128Such a problem was discovered after a customer left a $43,239.92 tip on an $8 meal at Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works in Chico, California. Co-owner Pete Horylev told CBS affiliate KHSL in Chico that the customer had used a new tipping machine, which allows patrons to punch in a tip based on a pre-set percentage, such as 15 percent or 20 percent.

The restaurant called the credit card company, and found that the tip had been authorized and gone through. The credit card processor then reversed the tip, and just ran the bill for the $8 food charge, Horylev said. Whether the massive tip was a mistake or intentional isn’t clear, given that the customer would have had to punch seven buttons to enter that specific tip amount.

But regardless of whether it was intentional, the huge tip raises some questions about dining etiquette. If you mistakenly write an overly large tip, what are your options? First, if you realize the mistake, you can call the restaurant and talk with the manager or owner about the issue. The next step would be to call your credit card company to talk the issue over with them.

In some cases, overly large tips have led to problems for servers, such as an IHOP waitress who earlier this year said she was fired after receiving a $200 tip that the patron later said was a mistake. The managers refunded the tip to the patron, and then told her to pay back the $200. She refused, and claimed she was then fired, although was offered her job back later.

But the $43,000 tip also raises questions about tipping machines, and whether they are prone to causing confusion among customers.

“We can’t figure out how they could have done it,” Horylev said.

Another issue is that some customers have reported machines that suggest tips based on after-tax meal costs, rather than the pre-tax basis that many customers prefer. While some people tip on an after-tax basis, The Emily Post Institute recommends tipping 15 to 20 percent on a pre-tax basis.