Tuesday, May 25, 2010

World Cup Mascots: Borderline Offensive, Oddly Mincing

Source: Fast Company

This is one of the worst articles I've ever read. Talking about stereotypes in mascots. Does this writer not realize that the mascot is unique to the region where it is from?

South Korea and Japan joined to host the 2002 World Cup, which featured the world's first computer-generated mascots. Naturally, these fellas hail from a future where toilet seats do your homework and used panties are available in vending machines.

Really? Did you think OMG! toilets and panties when you see these guys? Where the fuck did that come from?

Apparently, in 1970, Mexico wasn't satisfied almost creating a racial caricature, with those squinty eyes and pudgy body...

Ok how is a Mexican supposed to look? Like Calvin and Hobbes?

so they seized the opportunity during the 1986 World Cup.

Pique is supposed to be a jalapeno pepper, and he sports a ginormous sombrero, ridiculous mustache, sleepy eyes, and ill-fitting clothes. For gross ethnic and cultural stereotypes, he's just a hair behind Speedy Gonzalez, who's been banned in the U.S. but is supposedly popular in Latin America.

I love the ginormous sombrero. How is a character that's like Speedy Gonzalez and loved in Latin American a gross stereotype! The writer just contradicted himself!

Smugly pointing his finger, with his head cocked like a know-it-all, Footix, the mascot of France '98, seems like he's less interested in playing soccer than giving you Americans a lecture about the benefits of a modern socialist state. And he seems happy to assure us: "Alors, if I do not geet more over-time benefeets, I will strike tomorrow!"

Holy shit. He's ranting about culture and the french working unions JUST from looking at a mascot!? Raise of hands. Did any of you think about the French 30 hour work week looking at a ROOSTER!?

Gauchito, Argentina's 1978 mascot, wears a neckerchief and carries a whip, which are apparently typical for Argentine cowboys of yore. He also looks like he's late for a playground meet-up with his partner-in-crime, Pedobear.

Wow! The writer has called the classic Argentinian cowboy a pedofile. This is one of the most insulting things I've ever heard.

You know what loser these mascots aren't offensive, it is you that has a sick sick and racist mind. These mascots are the pride of an entire country and even though some might not be the best, they are not offensive. How can something from it's own country be racist. Is this Political Correctness run amok? YOU are offended when another country depicts themselves in a way YOU view as a stereotype. That's ludicrous.

What's next? We have to use a colour other than black to draw a black guy?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Poll: Boy or Girl

Is this a Boy or Girl?

Here's the story!

Source: Orange

A Chinese man has been arrested for pretending to be a woman to marry men for their money.

Wang Mou, 18, allegedly married three men this year and fled with the engagement money, reports the Dahe Daily.

Wang, who is very slim and softly spoken, reportedly admitted: "A lot of people mistake me for a woman on first sight."

His first 'marriage' happened in February when a woman promised to find him a job but instead sold him as a wife for £500.

"She cheated me but I found a chance to escape then realised I could use the same shortcut to make some money," he said, according to the police.

With the help of an accomplice, Wang allegedly then sold himself to a Mr Liu who paid £1,000 for the engagement. Wang escaped the next night and split the money with his accomplice.

Police say he was then introduced to another potential husband, a Mr Zhang in Zhoukou, who also paid a £1,000 engagement fee.

Wang allegedly escaped again but was caught a day later by local women who handed him over to the police after finding out that he was really a man.

Wang was still wearing his pink wedding dress when he was taken to the local police station for questioning.

So if you said girl, you were duped :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Asian Ripoff LXXXVII - Doctor Jones

Artist: Vicky Zhao
Language: Mandarin

Pretty catchy song to cover! :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The NEW Hawaii FIVE-0

I had no idea there was a new Hawaii FIVE-o coming out
Daniel Day Kim and Grace Park are in it. I guess there is life after Lost!

The theme song sounds a bit mellower to me.

Bra-Removing Contest

A Titanic Struggle as you can clearly see!

Source: AOLNews

Since the dawn of women's apparel, men have been trying to score by unhooking brassieres. This contest, however, brings the game to a whole new level.

A Chinese shopping mall hosted a competition to find out who could unclasp bras the fastest using just one hand.

Competitors raced to undress a line of eight masked women who stood on a stage in the Guangzhou mall wearing bras and short-shorts.

Eager participants entered the contest to fulfill their dreams and have the chance to take home a mall gift certificate for 1,000 yuan -- about $146.

The victor, who declined to give her name, said she might have had an unfair advantage over her male rivals.

Oh course the men lost. Don't have a clue phhttt

Monday, May 17, 2010

Student got stuck down a toilet

Source: Orange

A Chinese student had to be rescued by firefighters after he got his arm stuck down a toilet trying to retrieve his mobile phone.

The student had dropped his phone while playing with it on the loo - and decided on desperate action to try to get it back.

He wrapped his arm in newspaper in the hope of keeping clean, but the paper expanded in water trapping his arm in the u-tube.

The young man, who is a student at Chongqing Technology and Business University, had to shout to his dorm mates for help.

But they too were unable to pull his arm out so they called firefighters who worked with specialist equipment for more than an hour to free him.

The embarrassed student, who did not wish to give his name, later admitted: "I dropped the phone down the toilet by accident.

"Thinking of the filth, I found some newspaper to wrap around my arm but it bulged when soaked with water and I was trapped."

This would never happen if they got rid of those idiotic squating toilets. Anyone ever dropped something in a regular toilet? I don't think you'd lose it right away.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Man claims he ate, drank nothing for 70 years

Source: Telegraph

Prahlad Jani is being held in isolation in a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gurjarat, where he is being closely monitored by India's defence research organization, who believe he may have a genuine quality which could help save lives.

He has now spent six days without food or water under strict observation and doctors say his body has not yet shown any adverse effects from hunger or dehydration.

Mr Jani, who claims to have left home aged seven and lived as a wandering sadhu or holy man in Rajasthan, is regarded as a 'breatharian' who can live on a 'spiritual life-force' alone. He believes he is sustained by a goddess who pours an 'elixir' through a hole in his palate. His claims have been supported by an Indian doctor who specializes in studies of people who claim supernatural abilities, but he has also been dismissed by others as a "village fraud."

India's Defence Research Development Organisation, whose scientists develop drone aircraft, intercontinental ballistic missiles and new types of bombs. They believe Mr Prahlad could teach them to help soldiers survive longer without food, or disaster victims to hang on until help arrives.

Sounds suspecious but 6 days is alot to see no signs of anything. Let's see how good this doctor is and see if he can find anything after like 24 days!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Asian Ripoff LXXXVI - La Historia De Un Amor

Artist: Chris Lee
Language: Mandarin

There are a bunch of versions of this one. Amazing how Chinese Pop can turn a sentimental Spanish ballad into a cha-cha!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Ishikawa fires a 58!

Source: PGATour

Ryo Ishikawa shot a 12-under 58 -- the lowest score ever on a major tour -- to win The Crowns on Sunday for his seventh Japan Tour title.

The 18-year-old Ishikawa tapped in for par on the par-4 18th after his 15-foot birdie try slid inches by the cup. He had 12 birdies in his bogey-free round on the 6,545-yard Nagoya Golf Club course.

"I always dreamed of getting a score like this but didn't think I would do it so fast," Ishikawa said. "It hasn't really sunk in yet, but I'm sure it will after a few days."

Wow! 58 is amazing on any professional tour. Especially frmo an 18 year old.
Here's an additional article about how he's saving golf in Japan as people have someone to really watch now instead of a bunch of nobodies.

Cash cow Ishikawa saved Japan tour: Director

Every sports needs a star, a reason for people to pay money and watch. People pay to watch Tiger Woods which made the PGATour huge. The LPGA has a problem now and is facing bankrupcy because there is no star on that tour.