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In this restaurant, everyone cleans their plates.

An eatery in Sapporo, Japan, has announced it will fine restaurant patrons if they don’t finish every last morsel — every tiny grain of rice — on their plate. The Hachikyo seafood restaurant is known for its tsukko meshi, a dish of salmon roe piled sky-high on a bed of rice — for anyone who can finish it.

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Though the fine may seem ridiculous for a dish that costs about $20, there’s a reason for the surcharge. As Midori Yokoyama, a Japanese blogger, wrote after a visit to the eatery:

According to the explanation in the menu, the working conditions for fishermen are harsh and so dangerous that it’s not unknown for lives to be lost. To show our gratitude and appreciation for the food they provide, it is forbidden to leave even one…

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Airport security is always stressful.  With the long lines, the tight security, the thorough and humiliating examination of carry-on baggage, passengers are always on edge.  Just imagine how you’d behave after finding out you’re a wanted suspect.

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The skincare brand Nivea created fake newspapers and broadcast breaking news bulletins to get unsuspecting passengers sweating – but just for the launch of their new line of Stress Protect deodorant in Germany, according to the website HyperVocal.

Hidden cameras caught the punk’d travelers stressing out – some even tried to flee the airport lounge.  But only after the crackdown was revealed as a promotion for Nivea’s new line of products did passengers finally ease up.

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The skin care company isn’t a stranger to controversy; it came under fire for a September 2011 print ad that many considered racist.  The advertisements were…

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Anna Shinoda

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to Book Club this week.  Despite some technical difficulties with TinyChat, I really enjoyed the experience and I hope everyone else did, too!

If you missed it, Sarah from Australia (aka GloomyMushroom) did a nice outline of what we discussed:

(By the way… I was mistaken, the sequel to The House Of The Scorpion, titled The Lord of Opium is due out in September of this year, not November.)

At the end of the chat I announced the next book:

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

It’s realistic fiction, so this will be a much different selection than the last.  Although it is appropriate for a little bit of a younger audience (listed 10 years old and up), I think it is beautifully written and I hope that other adults and teens will enjoy it as much…

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Top albums, EP’s and songs of 2012


2012 has definitely been an improvement over 2011, brilliant new talents have emerged like Michael Kiwanuka, Azealia Banks, Jessie Ware, Alt-J, Lana Del Rey and many others. 2013 is looking really promising with artists like Laura Mvula, Little Green Cars, AlunaGeorge, King Krule and Tom Odell. Starting with the worthy mentions, here is my selections of favourites for this year.



ren hRen Harvieu – Through the Night

This album is thoroughly fantastic, classy and enjoyable. Through the Night didn’t set the world alight when it was released earlier this year, but I believe Harvieu is a talent to watch out for in the future. That voice. Although a great album, it did all sound pretty similar.



tumblr_mcw5poBv9s1raji12o1_1280Jessie Ware – Devotion

I really really really wanted to put this in my favourites list, I don’t think there’s one bad song on this amazing Mercury-nominated debut. Night Light…

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Lana Del Rey teams up with Rick Nowels for new single ‘Cola’

Good choice. Cola is one of the cooler tracks from “Paradise” and definitely deserves a release.

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Lana Del Rey has announced the details of her new single.

The singer/songwriter will release “Cola” as the second single from her mini-album, “Paradise,” out now via Universal Music Group / Interscope Records.

The follow-up to “Ride” was written by Lana Del Rey along with Rick Nowels, who also teamed up with the artist on “Born to Die” tracks “Dark Paradise,” “Summertime Sadness,” “Body Electric” and “Lucky Ones.”

Other credits by Rick Nowels include “Homewrecker” by Marina and the Diamonds [Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records], “End of the World” by Nelly Furtado [Universal Music Group / Interscope Records] and “Living in the Moment” by Jason Mraz [Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records].

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