Chinese man named Bai Ting charged with biting police officer

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Chinese man Bai Ting has been arrested after allegedly biting a police officer in Singapore.

jail-cell2The 28-year-old also faces charges of being drunk and incapable of taking care of himself in a public place.

The Chinese national was found drunk at Lorong 27A Geyland at about 7pm on Sunday, before being taken to a lock-up at Bedok Police Division Headquarters where he reportedly bit Sergeant Ng Wen Chi’s right forearm.

Bai faces a fine of up to S$1,000 and a month of jail time for the alcohol offences, while hurting a police officer could see him sent down for seven years, caned and fined.

The news will surely sound alarm bells at US news station KTVU, which famously got stung by a ‘foreign names sound out English words’ prank last year.

A cruel viewer gave a tip-off that a plane that crashed in San Francisco was piloted by the crack team of ‘Sum Ting Wong’, ‘Wi Tu Lo’, ‘Ho Lee Fuk’ and ‘Bang Ding Ow’, which anchors read out on-air.

Did you ever wonder: Do camel farts contribute to global warming?

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2466667912_8094e6ebc0_z-300x197We know that methane from cow farts is a greenhouse gas and a contributor to global warming. But how about farts from camelids (camels, llamas, and alpacas), which have a similar type of digestive system? In this study, the researchers set out to measure methane emission by camelids. To do so, they built “respiration chambers” for the animals (5 alpacas, 6 llamas, and 5 camels) — basically, sealed rooms that allowed the scientists to control and measure the air coming in and out. Then they waited for the camels/llamas/alpacas to fart. Turns out that camelids produce less methane overall than cows, probably due to their lower food intake. Still, the next time you’re feeling bad about your job, just be glad it doesn’t involve setting up camel fart chambers.

Methane Emission by Camelids

“Methane emissions from ruminant livestock have been intensively studied in order to reduce contribution to the greenhouse effect. Ruminants were found to produce more enteric methane than other mammalian herbivores. As camelids share some features of their digestive anatomy and physiology with ruminants, it has been proposed that they produce similar amounts of methane per unit of body mass. This is of special relevance for countrywide greenhouse gas budgets of countries that harbor large populations of camelids like Australia. However, hardly any quantitative methane emission measurements have been performed in camelids. In order to fill this gap, we carried out respiration chamber measurements with three camelid species (Vicugna pacos, Lama glama, Camelus bactrianus; n = 16 in total), all kept on a diet consisting of food produced from alfalfa only. The camelids produced less methane expressed on the basis of body mass (0.32±0.11 L kg−1 d−1) when compared to literature data on domestic ruminants fed on roughage diets (0.58±0.16 L kg−1 d−1). However, there was no significant difference between the two suborders when methane emission was expressed on the basis of digestible neutral detergent fiber intake (92.7±33.9 L kg−1 in camelids vs. 86.2±12.1 L kg−1 in ruminants). This implies that the pathways of methanogenesis forming part of the microbial digestion of fiber in the foregut are similar between the groups, and that the lower methane emission of camelids can be explained by their generally lower relative food intake. Our results suggest that the methane emission of Australia’s feral camels corresponds only to 1 to 2% of the methane amount produced by the countries’ domestic ruminants and that calculations of greenhouse gas budgets of countries with large camelid populations based on equations developed for ruminants are generally overestimating the actual levels.”

The Newest Rage: Tattoos That Appear 3-D

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This is a small series of tattoos that appear 3-D. There’s this spider, a butterfly and a ladybug, as well as a couple that make it look like the person’s skin is peeling off to reveal something else underneath. I thought the treasure map one like that was pretty cool. Besides my spring break tramp stamp (I’m saving to have it removed), I only have one other tattoo. It’s a heart with ‘MOM’ in it. Well, technically it’s a heart with ‘UR MOM’ in it. Hoho, burn! Jk jk, she’s a lovely lady, your family should be proud.

Keep going for the rest. They’re worth a look.

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Sick!: Camping Tent That Looks Like Human Skin & Guts

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This is the blood and guts camping tent designed by artist Andrea Hasler. It’s made out of wax-covered fiberglass.

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It’s almost like I am taking the fabric of the tent, the sort of the nylon element of the tent, and I make the fabric, this skin layer as sort of the container for emotion, or sort of the container to hold emotion, as in the skin holding emotion.

Buddhist Temple in China Forms ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Squad

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500x307xmonk-squad-500x307_jpg_pagespeed_ic_VBZRYYG2n1After the knife attack at the southwestern China’s Kunming train station that claimed 33 lives and a vehicle ploughing into tourists at Tiananmen Square in October, labelled as a suicide attack, China remains jittery.

After all the international media attention these attacks attracted, the folks that make up China’s “temple authorities” have also stepped in with a plan of their own, setting up an “anti-terrorist” squad made up of monks at one of the country’s most touristy temples, a first for such initiatives at Chinese temples.

The unit at the Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, consists of 20 monks and 25 security officers donning protective gear and carrying shields, batons and pepper spray.

As the peak tourist season approaches for this 1,700-year-old site, temple master Jueheng, also a member of the squad, said, “The Lingyin Temple receives about 10,000 visitors and worshippers every day. With this group, we can raise awareness among monks about how to respond to sudden terrorist attacks and ensure visitors’ and worshippers’ safety.”

To be considered for the anti-terrorist unit, the monks have to be robust and agile, and between 20 and 40 years of age.

Some of China’s netizens have written that they are saddened that a place of peace, serenity and contemplation has had to form an anti-terror unit. One such comment reads, “We go to the temple to purge ourselves and be free, kind and trusting. I wonder why even monks have to learn anti-terror tricks now.” Another netizen wrote, “Why can’t we leave the monks alone and just let them pray?”

Other Internet users have made light of the news, comparing it to China’s famous Shaolin Temple, best known for the training it provides in martial arts.

A pub in has attracted attention after a risqué sign was put in place

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The sign proclaimed to the world: “THE WIG AND PEN IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS”.

Unfortunately, as can be seen in the picture below, the creator of the sign did not leave sufficient space between the words ‘pen’ and ‘is’.

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The sign, which has now been taken down, was put in place to make customers aware the pub remained open throughout the South West Water works that closed some streets in Truro to traffic.

The pub, on the corner of Frances St and Castle Street, takes its name from the crown court nearby.

The Wig and Pen serves food in the bar and in its downstairs restaurant, Quills, and has been nominated in the West Briton’s What’s On Cornwall Awards for best eatery in Cornwall.

Nobody from the pub was available to comment on the sign.

‘Beaver’ tries to steal drink from nightclub, doesn’t do very well

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Criminal mastermind this person is not.

The fancy dress costume-wearing individual was captured on a nightclub’s CCTV after leaning over the bar and grabbing a bottle before making a run for it.

Unfortunately he or she only managed to escape with a bottle of blackcurrant squash worth about 60p.

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Oceana Swansea said it did consider calling the police over the incident, but ultimately decided ‘having to report a tipsy beaver running up a sweat… armed with some fruit juice wasn’t on the cards’.

‘If anyone noticed a friend return home last night, out of breath, furry and with purple lips, please point them to the nearest Specsavers,’ the club added on its Facebook page.

One commenter responded by saying: ‘I just wish they’d catch the Swansea Beaver, he’s a menace to our city.’

Indian Painter Puts a New Spin on Artistic ‘Taste’

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Ani-K-500x333Artists are long known for being eccentric. And it’s fair to assume that many are this way at least somewhat in order to promote their own image, as artists, in addition to their creative works.

But there’s a limit for most. For Ani K, however, his attempt to be different just might take the prize.

Ani K’s claim to fame is his most prized technique, tilting his head at odd angles in order to achieve nuanced brushstrokes, using his tongue as a paintbrush.

Rather than seeking distinction as an artist through the content of his work, the 35-year-old school teacher-cum-artist has opted for exploring his particular form and method. However, it has come with an unexpected price as well.

“After painting with my tongue, I experience pain in my jaws, headaches, slight loss of vision and dip in memory power,” he says. “The side effects stay around for two weeks.”

Ani K’s paintings number more than 1,000, including an eight-foot Da Vinci and a portrait of Jesus Christ.

The artist said that if his tongue doesn’t lead him to stardom, he will try other ways: “For the Guiness Records, I am going to paint four portraits using both hands and both feet at the same time.”

Now that’s ambitious!

Government form allows Japanese romantics to officially declare their love

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kt-10Generally, Japanese culture tends to handle emotional expression a little less directly than in English-speaking countries, especially where romance is concerned. In particular, couples in Japan aren’t nearly as likely to regularly say “I love you” as their Western counterparts are or be seen smooching in public.

In certain situations, though, these roles get flipped. For example, while most Westerners would feel awkward making the explicit statement, “Please be my boyfriend/girlfriend,” in Japan that exact phrase, tsukiatte kudasai, is a pretty common romantic milestone, and something that many actually expect their partner to say in order to explicitly recognize the nature of the relationship.

Now, couples can even have their affection officially recognized, as lovers in Japan can submit government documents certifying their love for each other.

While the national government still shows no interest in tracking who’s got the hots for who, the town of Nagareyama in Chiba Prefecture is currently accepting submissions of koitodoke, or “love declaration forms.”

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Japan has been grappling with a falling birthrate for a while now, which poses a bit of a financial problem in a country where municipalities collect residence taxes. Such fees accounted for more than half of the taxes in Nagareyama last year, and in order to protect this crucial revenue stream, legislators are embarking on various initiatives to attract child-bearing couples to the town, including trumpeting the city’s use as a filming location for upcoming romantic movie Momose, Kochi wo Muite.

Spokesman Hideo Tsutsui, in talking about the koitodoke, told reporters that the form gives young people a way to assert their romantic feelings, and as such is hoped to be one way of helping to encourage childbirth.

So just what information does the form ask for? Well, first you’ll need to provide your name, plus the name of the object of your affection. There’s also a spot to enter to enter the time and place where you met, with the note that this data is only required if you remember, displaying a courteous understanding of some of the most common jumping off points for young passion.

An additional slot allows applicants to write in the places they want to go with their sweetheart, as well as the things they’d like to say, or be told, by their significant other.

So far, this all sounds sweet, if a little bit silly with its tongue-in-cheek atmosphere of formality. There are, however, a few puzzling sections of the form.

For starters, you don’t actually have to be in a relationship to submit a koitodoke. As a matter of fact, the person you’ve got a crush on doesn’t even have to be complicit in filing the paperwork. Creepiness factor aside, we’re not even sure exactly how this would work from a database management perspective. For example, is each individual limited to being named in just one koitodoke, on a first-come-first-served basis?

▼ Or, could multiple lonely men simultaneously declare their intentions of earning the love of their favorite swimwear model?

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Make no mistake, the form is keenly aware that the other person may not return your sentiments. In the section asking whether or not your feelings are reciprocated, there are separate response boxes you can check to indicate “yes,” “I’m not sure,” “I’m pretty sure,” and flat-out “no.”

Those who haven’t worked up the nerve to declare their love in-person yet can even enter the date on which they intend to tell their crush how they feel, and even how they intend to do so. We’re not sure what happens if you fail to make good on this deadline, though. The koitodoke doesn’t ask for any contact information such as an address or phone number, so do the clerks crosscheck your name against other public records in order to track you down and give you a pep talk? Or do they just snicker at you from the privacy of the city archives?

But perhaps the biggest head-scratcher of all is the final question on the form, which asks whether or not if this is the applicant’s first love. Assuming you’re filing the form with the knowledge of the other party named in the form, this can be a bit of a minefield. Past a certain age, some people can feel embarrassed or self-conscious if others know they’ve never been in a relationship before. On the other hand, there’s really nothing to gain by putting down in writing that “Yeah baby, I used to make out with someone else before I met you.”

In Nagareyama’s defense, the city’s heart is in the right place, and for established couples the koitodoke sounds like an innocent bit of fun, despite the first draft wrinkles mentioned above. The forms are being accepted between now and the end of May.

Incidentally, the non-legally-binding status of the koitodoke also means there’s no jurisdiction limit on it either, so people living outside of Nagareyama, or even Japan, can submit the form electronically right here, after which they can print out a copy bearing the city’s stamp of authentication. The online format means you can even fill in the blanks in English, so if you’ve always wanted to tell a city in Chiba that you’ve got a crush on Stacy from economics class, here’s your chance.

And while we’re on the subject of being forthright with your feelings, we’ve got a little something for all of you.

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Source: NHK News Web
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