- Allergies, hay fever
- Steak dinners
- Marathons of your favorite emotionally crippling TV series
- Severe nosebleeds
- Trashing someone's house and/or frontyard
- Halloween, when you and your friends need a last minute group costume as things found in bathrooms
Japan is a country famous for its advancements in technology and knack for all things digital. (Have you heard about their new humanoids? Crazy, right?) Of course, there's no surprise here as science and technology in Japan focus on electronics, robotics, and automative industry. Now that sounds classy and all but little do many of us know that the Japanese like to play a little game called chindogu, wherein participants invent absurd things as part of a harmless joke. The rules: the invention cannot be patented or sold, but must be physically existent. Someone should be able to hold it and imagine himself using it. (Laughing at the thought of it is optional) Enjoy scrolling through these potentially amazing yet painfully ridiculous inventions!
Soup Splash Guard. To prevent you from getting soup in your hair. Way easier than just tying it back, right? Bonus: You get to look like an adorable, little pink lion enjoying a nice, warm bowl of ramen.
Shoe Umbrellas. No one in their right mind would show up to an important meeting with a pair of soggy shoes, right? These umbrellas should do the trick, alongside earning you a few stares as you strut down the puddle-dotted street.
Umbrella Necktie. These should go perfectly with the shoe umbrellas. Stuck in the rain? No problem. Just take off your tie.
Rag Onesie. Sick of your kid or baby brother/sister just sitting there, doing nothing while you drown in a sea of household chores? Get them this fashionable onesie with built-in rags, so they could wipe the floors clean as they go.
Bubble Wrap Keychain. That's right. Never-ending bubble wrap. Come to think of it, this is the opposite of a ridiculous invention. Heck, I want one of these. Scratch that, I want twelve of these. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction you get from hearing a symphony of plastic bubbles pop at your control.
Roll-on Butter Stick. You will never have to use a butter knife again. What a relief! This changes the whole sandwich game. (I wonder if they have this in other flavors like peanut butter or Nutella?) Please do yourself a favor and keep it away from your lip balm, though.
Broom and Dustpan Slip-ons. For those who pick things up off the floor with their feet. Finally, a chore you could finish with ease and possibly enjoy. Put on some music you could dance to for the full experience.
Toilet Paper Roll Hat. May be used for:
Cuddle Buddy Pillow. For lonely nights without the bae. Now you can watch The Notebook without getting jealous of Rachel McAdams. You're a pillow, I'm a pillow.
Silent Karaoke. Perfect for aspiring singers who aren't quite ready to let the world know of their blinding talent.
Social media has undeniably done great things for humankind. Err...some things, not so great...but in general, I think it’s safe to say that over the years, its impact on people has gotten stronger. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and what have you have all become household names; generic means to spread the word and connect with people. I think what our generation has here is a very powerful tool that we could use to actually make a difference - in running businesses, catching up with loved ones abroad, simply bragging about your new Nike Roshe Runs, and let's not forget, ENVIRONMENTAL PARTICIPATION! YAY! No one likes a planet-killer. If you've got time to tweet something annoying and pointless, might as well use your energy for something that counts to compensate for it, right? Here are some great examples of green social media campaigning:
1. The Animal Rescue Site has a click-to-feed-or-care-for-an-animal gimmick. Bookmark the page and make sure to click everyday!
2. Trash Tycoon is a pro-green Facebook flash game you could play for free. (This looks really colorful and fun I might actually have to try this out later)
3. Sustainable Cities is an example of a green blogging community; another great way to spread awareness about the environment. They are an award-winning organization with their hearts set on spreading the word about urban environmentalism like peanut butter on bread.
4. 350 is a global movement centered on climate change and recruiting volunteers to help make a stand to stop it. It’s easy to get connected with 350, (just enter your email!) so it’s no surprise that it’s being followed in 188 countries.
5. Bet you've never seen so many people get so excited over a bottle being recycled before. Watch this flash mob video until the end.
Though the possibilities are endless, the danger here is that the spirit of participation might just stay virtual. People will think that a simple click of a button is enough. Of course not, silly! Good things don't come that easy. Maybe it's time we started taking things beyond the computer screen. At most, social media serves as that little push we need to take initiative and do something good; something that will affect everyone in a positive way. In the wise words of The Lorax, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not."
Thomas William Hiddleston is an English actor; best known for his portrayal of Loki in Marvel Studios’ films, The Avengers, Thor, and Thor 2: The Dark World. His acting career kickstarted when he was discovered in a play, earning him a contract with an agency. From there on out, his success in the field bloomed as he appeared in more and more films.
Standing 6 feet and 2 inches tall and often looking all suited up and dapper, Tom is hands-down a drop-dead gorgeous human being. He is distinguished by his perfectly blond hair; always kept neat and in place, his hopelessly captivating blue-green eyes, and his killer smile. Now, before I continue: a photo montage that is bound to drag you deeper into the tragically beautiful abyss that is Tom Hiddleston...
(Yes, he drew that.)
This man is undeniably attractive on the outside, and we’re in luck, because it’s the same on the inside. His major trademark is his politeness and articulation; the way he behaves around his co-actors, interviewers, and fans. He is so full of charisma and is evidently friendly to his admirers; reportedly calling fans “darling” and saying things like “bless you”. A true gentleman. I wouldn’t be surprised if this Tumblr caption/tag is actually true:
Being a fan of things like Shakespeare and theatrics, together with his knack for being respectful and polite, Tom is pegged as sort of an old-fashioned guy, in a good way, of course. We aren't complaining at all! In fact, I think men all around the world should be taking some notes from this gallant creature. He is a very refined, all-around guy, who happens to be an eloquent speaker; another point to add to his never-ending list of good qualities. It seems as though this sophistication has disabled from doing things like turning his colorful vocabulary down a few notches if the situation called for it. Exhibit A: Using the phrase "delayed gratification" in his appearance on Sesame Street, (a children's show, mind you) where he taught Cookie Monster a little lesson in self-control. Is "reward" the word you were looking for, Tom?
Although we have dwelled mostly on his etiquette and refinement, you'll be pleased to hear that, like most of our adored icons of today, he's got a more comic side to his personality. Behind that suave mantle is his sense of humor; from goofing around on set to (successfully) imitating Natalie Portman:
I think the world could use a little less violence, injustice, and anarchy, and a little more men like Tom Hiddleston.