Marso 2008



Japanese paper goods company Banbix has teamed up with newspaper manga artist and TV celebrity Yakumi Tsuru to sell toilet paper with his manga drawings and 4 panel comics printed on it. [Hat tip to Japansugoi]

Japanese manga fans can enjoy their reading while doing serious business now…he he he



70-year-old Cathie Jung has the smallest waist in the world, which measures just 15in (38cm).

The resident from Connecticut, USA, has been wearing tight fitting corset since 1983. She holds the Guinness World Records for “Smallest Waist on a Living Person” since 1999.


Brooklyn, NY (AHN) — A Brooklyn, New York baby is not only born with two extra fingers but he also supports extra toes.

A healthy Jeshuah Fuller, who weighed 7 pounds, was born on Tuesday with polydactylism, a rare genetic condition.

The baby has six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. Jeshuah’s mom, Quana Morris, said she’d had an ultrasound image taken during her pregnancy and was aware he’d have extra fingers, she told the Daily News.

However, the extra toes came as a surprise. The tradition of extra fingers run in Jeshuah’s family, as his dad was born with an extra finger on his left hand.

The multi-fingered baby will however have all the extra fingers surgically removed in a couple of weeks, his mom said.


Buenos Aires, Argentina (AHN) — A 24-year-old man married an 82-year-old woman after years of romance in the northern Argentine city of Santa Fe in a civil ceremony Friday.

The marriage was attended by family members and friends.

Reinaldo Waveqche, who has been living with his elderly bride ever since his mother died when he was 15, said the marriage was not for money. He said he has always liked ‘mature ladies.’ He said their relationship is founded on respect and love.

Adelfa Volpes, who was also Waveqche mother’s friend, said, “The age difference has never been important for us.” She offered him a home after he lost his mother but soon they found themselves attracted to each other, she said.

Waveqche, who is unemployed, and Volpes have planned to have their honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro.

Bent, OR (AHN) — A transgendered male in Oregon is 22 weeks pregnant. Thomas Beatie only had chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy, but did not have his female reproductive organs changed.


Following his sex reassignment, Beatie was legally able to register himself as a male and even married Nancy. But because of Nancy’s severe endemetriosis and hysterectomy, she could not bear a child over 10 years of marriage to Thomas.This led to the couple’s decision for Thomas to bear the child. He stopped hormone injections and soon he began to have his monthly periods. After one year, he became pregnant through a frozen donor sperm, but his first attempt at becoming a mother was ectopic.

Thomas’ second attempt at motherhood is apparently successful and he is due to give birth on July 3.

In an article that came out in the latest issue of The Advocate, the couple recounted the difficulties they faced because of their unique situation. They had to go through nine doctors.

“Receptionists have laughed at us. Friends and family have been unsupportive; most of Nancy’s family doesn’t even know I’m transgender,” Thomas wrote in The Advocate.

Sharing his innermost thoughts, Thomas added, “Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am. In a technical sense I see myself as my own surrogate, though my gender identity as male is constant. To Nancy, I am her husband carrying our child. I will be my daughter’s father, and Nancy will be her mother. We will be a family.” 

capt_cps_msf18_240308181439_photo00_photo_default-481x512.jpgNAHA, Japan (AFP) – Buddhists clasp their palms together to pray for enlightenment, but Conan, a chihuahua, appears to have more worldly motivations.

The dog has become a popular attraction at a Japanese temple after learning to imitate the worshippers around him.

“Conan started to pose in prayer like us whenever he wanted treats,” said Joei Yoshikuni, a priest at Jigenin temple on the southern island of Okinawa.

Clasping hands is a basic action of Buddhist prayer to show appreciation. He may be showing his thanks for treats and walks,” he said.

Conan, a two-year-old male with long, black hair and a brown collar, sits next to Yoshikuni in front of the altar and looks right up at the statue of a Buddhist deity.

When the priest starts chanting and raises his clasped hands, Conan also raises his paws and joins them at the tip of his nose.

Visitors to the temple look on with curiosity.

“It’s so funny that he does it,” said Kazuko Oshiro, 71, who has frequented the temple for more than 25 years.

“He gets angry when somebody else sits on his favourite spot. He must be thinking that it’s his special place,” Oshiro said.

Conan, originally a temple pet, has become so popular that people come in to take pictures almost every week, the priest said.

Yoshikuni estimated that the temple receives 30 percent more visitors, especially young tourists, than it would otherwise.

“I’m glad that people feel more comfortable visiting the temple because of Conan,” he said as he jokingly joined his hands and bowed to the dog.


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