Conan helps make ramen burger with Chef Keizo Shimamoto

Although I haven’t had the pleasure of trying a ramen burger yet, it’s definitely on my bucket list. I’ve also always had the impression that a ramen burger wouldn’t be hard to make. But after watching ramen Chef Keizo Shimamto, a former computer programer turned chef, make a ramen burger patty out of fresh ramen, I’m pretty impressed. Getting the fresh ramen noodles to hold together to form a bun and then frying them so that they’re crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside requires skill! Check out the hilarious video of Conan learning how to make a ramen burger.

Disturbing baby-shaped pears grown in China

Baby shaped pears

I’m ok with butt peaches, but I’m not so sure how I feel about pears grown to look like babies. Somehow biting into one would just seem wrong. Well, this isn’t stopping Chinese farms from growing pears shaped and selling them in the supermarkets. While the pears are still small enough, a mold is clamped onto the fruit and the pear will naturally grow into the mold’s shape. Can’t we just stick to regular-shaped fruits?

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China sells sexy panty peaches

sexy peaches

In an effort to capitalize on the upcoming Qixi Festival, also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, fruit venders in China are throwing sexy underwear on their peaches to give the illusion of plump butts. While some might think it’s a vulgar idea, I think it’s a cute and hilarious idea that is different from the typical chocolates and flowers people usually give to their significant others.

These cheeky peaches aren’t cheap. A box go for $80, but apparently they are reported to be “the juiciest, most delicious peaches on earth.”

(Thanks, Victor!)

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Make your own roti with the world’s first roti machine

Rotimatic

One of my favorite foods growing up in Singapore was roti prata. Every so often, I will find myself craving the yummy Indian fried flour-based pancake. The only problem is, it’s not always easy to find roti and my roti-making skills are definitely not up to par. However, I may have found the solution to my roti withdrawal. The Rotimatic is the world’s first fully automated robot roti-maker. Although it’s a bit pricy ($599), this device is fully automated and all you have to do is add the ingredients into the machine, plug it into an outlet, select your desired thickness, crispness and oil content on a small LCD screen, and leave it all to the Rotimatic to churn out your roti for you.

Unfortunately, the roti maker is currently “sold out,” and the initial run of Rotimatics won’t arrive in consumers’ hands until early 2015 because work is still being done to perfect its assembly line as well as getting U.S. certification. Feeling left out because you missed out on the pre-order? Just sign up here to get updates!

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Singapore gov’t fails at yet another commercial

Oh Singapore, you’ve definitely given us a lot of material to work with over the years. In this latest case of good-intentions-gone-wrong, the government produced this commercial in order to get people to kick their gambling habits. Now that the island city-state has a casino (it opened its first one in 2010), it’s upping its local efforts to convince its citizens about the ills of gambling.

Maybe they should’ve waited until after the game was over, because the sad boy in the commercial who talked about his father gambling all his savings away on Germany, should now be a very happy boy after Germany’s win on Tuesday. One YouTuber commented, “His dad is probably like, “WHAT I TELL YA BITCH!?”

Taiwanese guy performs the most useless life hack ever

Reaching another level of ridiculous, a video showing a Taiwanese guy putting on tight pants without using his hands has gone viral with over nine million views. And it was uploaded a little over a week ago. Sites have touted it as a life hack, but it seems more entertaining than useful. He does have a way with shimmying and gyrating his way into the skintight pants.

Japanese World Cup fans clean up stadium after loss

There’s always stories of angry fans rioting and trashing cities and stadiums after major game losses. But not all fans are the same. After Japan’s loss in their first World Cup match against the Ivory Coast, instead of throwing a fit, the Japanese fans decided to clean up the stadium instead.

Apparently this isn’t an unusual tradition. Nicknamed the Blue Samurais, Japanese sports fans are known for cleaning up after sporting events at home and have shown the same etiquette at the World Cup in the past. Now how’s that for good sportsmanship?

Japanese fans clean up stadium

 

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Psy and Snoop Dogg get drunk togther in “Hangover” music video

Psy and Snoop Dogg Hangover

It has been a while since we’ve seen Psy bust out his crazy dance moves in an annoying catchy song. Good news for those who have been waiting: Psy recently collaborated with Snoop Dogg in a song called “Hangover.” The title of the song is pretty self-explanatory and the video features Snoop Dogg and Psy taking shots of soju, singing at norebang (karaoke), and getting wasted together. Throw in some random dance moves and you got yourself another viral Psy video. After one day, it already has over 9 million views. This song just might be the jam of the summer!

Taco Bell parent company to launch banh mi sandwich shop

Banh mi

Banh mi has become a pretty big deal in the past several years. This yummy Vietnamese baguette sandwich filled with pickled vegetables and meat has caught the attention of Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum! Brands, and they are planning on launching a banh mi shop in Dallas called Banh Shop. I wonder what banh mi chain, Lee’s Sandwiches, has to say about this. More importantly, I’m not sure if a company owned by Taco Bell would be able to produce the same quality of banh mi as your local deli. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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(Thanks, Thai!)

This awesome dress will guarantee your personal space on the subway

Personal Space Dress

I’ve never been very touchy feely, so a packed train isn’t exactly my idea of fun. I need my personal space, and that’s why I think this clever dress, designed by Kathleen McDermott, is pure genius! When someone gets into your space, the skirt of the dress will start expanding, forcing the space-offender to move away. Yay!

This dress is part of an artistic series of DIY wearable electronics called Urban Armor which aims to help women take control of their personal and public space. Watch the video below to see the dress in action.

Urban Armor# 2: The Personal Space Dress from Kathleen McDermott on Vimeo.

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