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“Gangnam Style” tourist police protect visitors from getting ripped off

Gangnam style tourism police

It looks like South Korea is still taking advantage of Psy and the popularity of Gangnam Style, even when it comes to their tourist police. Kim Seo-ryong, the designer of Psy’s quirky and stylish costumes, was also hired to design the uniforms for the officers. The uniforms consist of slim-cut pants, bright blue jackets, berets, and of course the signature dark sunglasses.

So what exactly is a tourist police? Apparently they are responsible for protecting visitors from getting ripped off, in addition to helping visitors by speaking Chinese, Japanese, and English. With my luck in bargaining and shopping in foreign countries, I really could’ve used the help of one of these guys!

And what better way to introduce the new tourism police force to the public than to have them perform Gangnam Style?


Smuggled chicken feet from 1967 found in storage

chicken feet

To all you chicken feet lovers, I’m sure stumbling upon a storage filled with 20 tons of them would mean a feast—but probably not if you knew they dated back to 1967.

This is exactly what police discovered after they raided an illegal food storage site in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi. Apparently the site was run by a gang known to smuggle delicacies like chicken feet, beef tripe and cartilage from Vietnam across the border to Guangxi. Seven similar cases have been investigated by police in the past 12 months, and approximately over $3 million worth of illegal chicken feet have been seized.

A gang known for smuggling dim sum items? That sounds pretty badass to me!


Massage parlor and car wash outlet busted for offering free sex

Sometimes being a little too creative in your marketing strategy can get you in trouble. A massage parlor and car wash outlet in Malaysia was recently raided by the police for offering free sex to loyal customers who get their car washed over nine times within a certain time period. During the routine raid, nine Vietnamese women, believed to be prostitutes aged between 18 and 28, were arrested.

The clues that linked the sex ring to the car wash: suspicious customer loyalty cards as well as a stash of condoms hidden inside a microwave.


(Thanks, Thai!)

Fake police car slows traffic in China

Look closely.  Drivers in China are slowing down instinctively after seeing what looks like a highway patrol car.  But after passing by the vehicle, it turns out it’s actually just a cardboard cutout placed on the side of the road!  The cutouts even have a solar-powered flashing light to make it look super realistic.  The point is to reduce speeding by making drivers think that cops are close.

Love it or hate it, you gotta admit it’s kind of amazing how people in China can figure out a cheap way to get the job done!







AriZona Iced Tea fervently claims New York as homebase, not Arizona

In response to immigrants’ rights protesters calling for the boycott of Arizona’s products, AriZona Iced Tea quickly released a statement certifying their authenticity as a New Yorker.

“AriZona Iced Tea proudly traces its origins back to New York,” said founder Don Vultaggio. “In 1992, two hard working guys from Brooklyn with a dream created AriZona Iced Tea. Since then … we have remained loyal to our family-run business based in New York. For the last 16 years, our headquarters have remained on Long Island.”

Angry opponents of Arizona’s harsh new immigration law, in which police have the right to check the papers of anyone they think looks undocumented (it’s pretty much racial profiling), mistakenly targeted their anger towards the unfortunate tea company. The real Arizona-based companies that are facing a potential boycott include Cold Stone Creamery, U-Haul, Best Western and US Airways. Several cities are also considering an economic boycott of Arizona. In fact, San Francisco has already moved to ban city-related travel to Arizona.

It’s good to see people getting angry and action taking action. Keep it up! Join the “1 MILLION Strong AGAINST the Arizona Immigration Law SB1070″ Facebook group!


BMW rides for Shanghai World Expo police

These cops are ballin’ it for the upcoming Shanghai World Expo with their BMW 5 Series patrol cars. The 22 white BMW cars, designated for the World Expo escorts, have the word “police” stamped on their hoods and sirens attached on the top of the cars. Come on guys, I was expecting better. I had my hopes up for Ferrari patrol cars.