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REDDIT + FACE PAINTING = BIZARRELY ADDICTIVE MUSIC VIDEO

It’s a modern tale of love found through the internet. The story of a rock band who found a face painter and together created addictive, visual magic like we’ve never witnessed before.

The Ontario based band is called Young Rival, and their song Two Reasons needed a music video. Using their passion for surfing the pages of Reddit as an ally, they found Michigan face painter James Kuhn while surfing the site and were blown away by his bizarre creations and personality. To give you an idea, Kuhn describes himself as “an artist, retired drag queen, whiteface clown, former nudist, born again Christian, average 46 year old guy…well maybe not exactly average!” Seriously, what’s not to love?

The band/artist collective then teamed up internet style. The band e-mailed Kuhn, asking if he’d help out with their project and he said “yes.” The band was physically mailed CDs over the few months that followed, each containing a video of Kuhn lip-synching performances, which they edited into the wild final video you see below. Internet collaboration at its best!

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The ‘Magic Glove’ And 8 Other Ridiculous Inventions Patented By Apple

It seems like Apple gets a new patent every few days.

Just on Tuesday, it won patents for a 3D remote mechanism and for a technology that allows it to detect unauthorized use of your phone, according to Apple Insider.

Some patents are useful, unique, and truly innovative.

But there are other patents Apple seems to have filed out of habit.

We have compiled a list of what we think are the most far-fetched, ridiculous patents Apple has filed in its short history. Of course, we couldn’t ignore its rounded edges and rounded square icons patents.

Patent No.: D478,999 S

Patent Date: August 26, 2003

Apple has claimed a design patent for its glass staircase, which appears at a number of its stores from New York to Paris. This one struck as odd because it doesn’t relate to any of Apple’s innovative products – just its shiny retail locations.

Patent No.: D662,939 S

Patent Date: July 3, 2012

Yes, Apple patented the design of its in-store iPad stands — those plastic, seemingly uncomplicated things Apple tablets sit on at most stores.

Source: USPTOPatently

Patent No.: D596,485 S

Patent Date: July 21, 2009

Apple also patents the designs of its packaging — in this case, the original iPhone’s box is seen in its different divisions. Patenting the actual products isn’t enough for Apple apparently.

Patent No.: D604,305 S

Patent Date: Nov. 17, 2009

The so-called rounded square icons patent is one of the patents Apple sued Samsung over in their infamous legal battle. Apple claimed Samsung created an interface using icons that were too similarly shaped to its own.

Source: USPTO

Patent No.: D593,087 S

Patent Date: May 26, 2009

The rounded corners design for the device itself is another patent Apple used to defeat Samsung in their massive intellectual property battle in August. Apple claims it has the exclusive right to use these rounded corners and home buttons.

Source: USPTOBusiness Insider

Patent No.: 8,280,093

Patent Date: Oct. 2, 2012

Apple patented the removable rubber tip that mounts on its earphones. The tip is made from silicone, polyurethane, or thermoplastic, and doesn’t seem particularly groundbreaking to us.

Source: USPTO

Patent No.: D668,263 S

Patent Date: Oct. 2, 2012

This patent is for the design of the icon, which Apple uses for iTunes. To us, it just looks like a generic icon for music…

Source: USPTO

Patent No.: D577,990 S

Patent Date: Oct. 7, 2008

This patent is for the little clasp that keeps your headphone wires somewhat untangled. This looks like a pretty simple design, but apparently Apple wanted to make sure nobody else used it.

Source: USPTO

Patent No.: 7,874,021

Patent Date: January 25, 2011

Apple has patented this strange glove, which Patently has dubbed as the “magic” glove system. The glove is supposed to allow you to use your cell phone in cold weather. As the patent explains it, the glove has two layers — a liner and a shell — and the shell can be “peeled” back to expose the liner and operate the phone.

Sleep with a girl at a Japanese cafe for $80

We can always rely on Japan to bring a little bit of weird to our everyday lives, and they’ve just brought it to our daily coffee fix. The Soineya ‘co-sleeping specialty shop’ is allowing visitors to sleep with the girl of their dreams for around $80. And we mean, literally, sleeping. The cafe is located in Tokyo’s Akihabara district and aims to provide ‘the simple and ultimate comfort of sleeping together with someone’. Ohm, and if you were thinking of an extra shot or some flavored syrup in your coffee, you may as well splash out and get the lady to pat your head as you sleep as well.

Father Offers $65 Million Bounty to Any Man Who Can Woo and Marry His Lesbian Daughter

A father seeking suitors for his daughter’s hand in marriage is nothing new, but what makes this story a bit unusual is the bounty of $65 million a Hong Kong billionaire offered to anyone who can woo and marry his daughter. Oh, there’s a catch: she’s a lesbian.

Property and shipping tycoon Cecil Chao publicly promised the “marriage bounty” after reports emerged that his daughter had wed her long-term girlfriend.

Mr Chao, who has never married himself, told the BBC his daughter was still single and needed a “good husband”.

Same-sex unions are not recognised in Hong Kong, although homosexuality was decriminalised in 1991.

Gigi Chao, a businesswoman and graduate from the University of Manchester, is said to have married her female partner of seven years, Sean Eav, in a ceremony in France earlier this year.

But her flamboyant father rejected the claims as false, adding that his generous offer had already generated many replies from potential suitors.

Chinese Companies Renting White Guys to Look Successful

Believe it or not, in China white guys can get a job posing as businessmen for companies who hire them to look more international to their real partners. It’s called “White Guy Window Dressing” and it’s apparently a very popular business tactic.

What makes this such a great job for white guys in China is that it has some really simple requirements: be white, don’t speak any Chinese, or speak at all unless asked, pretend like you just got off an airplane the day before, and look good in a suit. The people who usually go for this king of gig are part-time models and actors, English teachers and expats looking for a quick and easy paycheck. It’s called ”White Guy Window Dressing”, “The Token White Guy Gig”, or simply the “Face Job” and it’s so popular in China these days that there’s actually a company called Rent A Laowai (Chinese for “foreigner”) that helps businesses improve their image by providing fake white employees or partners.

Although this kind of practice is relatively new, it’s tied to a centuries-old Chinese belief about the human face. ”Face, we say in China, is more important than life itself,” says Zhang Haihua, author of a book called “Think Like the Chinese”. He believes that because some Western countries are so well-developed , many Chinese people think that if a company affords to hire or do business with a white man, it must have a lot of money or connections abroad. That’s why some businesses will often hire Caucasians to simply sit in an office near the window, where clients can see them pretending to work.

But most white guys are hired to travel to second and third tier Chinese cities, where their presence is needed to impress officials and business partners. Jonathan Zatkin, an American actor who lives in Beijing, told CNN that three years ago he was paid 2,000 yuan to go to a small city in the province of Henan, and pose as the vice-president of an Italian jewelry company. He was up on a stage with the city’s mayor and gave a speech about how wonderful it had been to work with their local company for 10 years and how proud he was of their work. There was a bandstand in his honor and everything. But this was just a small job. Others pay over $1,000, but are also more dangerous, according to another white rental. The Beijing police knocked on his door after a company he had worked with for a couple of months swindled millions from its clients and told everyone he was in charge. The poor man couldn’t even remember the name of the company…

So the next time you’re in China and looking to make a quick buck, try posting an ad for white guy services. You don’t even need any experience.

The Wealthy Roma

Photo: Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky

There are two million Roma (or “gypsies” as you may know them, though that term is considered derogatory by the Romani people) in Romania, most of whom live in poverty. But not all: some live like kings in mansions with fanciful balconies, pillars, turrets and towers and domes.

Tom O’Neill of National Geographic brings us to Buzescu, the home of the wealthy Roma, where despite the glamorous facades, age-old traditions still rule:

Front doors would open to gleaming expanses of marble, ceilings hung with chandeliers, and, like the main prop of a stage set, a grand Gone With the Wind staircase leading to bedrooms heaped with toys. Yet most rooms looked totally unlived in. In mansions with a dozen rooms or more, often the only occupants were grandparents and a few young children, and they mostly stayed in back rooms and ate in the kitchen. The parents and older sons were off doing business, usually returning for holidays, baptisms, and funerals. The mansions had been built largely as showrooms to be filled with pride and awe.

Another surprise was that behind the showy facades, time-encrusted customs remained in force. At Victor Filisan’s house, where he offered me the local drink of Jack Daniel’s and Red Bull, I asked to use the toilet. He showed me not to the Jacuzzi-equipped bathroom inside but to an outhouse at the back of the lot, the same one he and his wife use. For reasons of ritual purity, many Roma, especially older ones, do not cook and use the toilet under the same roof. In other houses, I saw teenage wives serving meals to teenage husbands. Arranged matches of children as young as 13 remain common among the town’s wealthy families.

Finland sets new mobile phone record… by throwing one

Admittedly, Finland’s seen better days in the mobile industry, but that hasn’t stopped the townspeople inSavonlinna from hosting the 13th annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships to brighten things up. In fact, the recycling awareness event went so well that 18-year-old Ere Karjalainen set a new championship record of 101.46 meters. The secret? Just an old Nokia device (obviously) plus a bit of preparation the day before — “mainly by drinking.”

While Finnish organizer Christine Lund claims this is a new world record, a little digging revealed that Britain’s Chris Hughff threw — as a guest participant — a 102.68 meter distance at JIM Mobile’s Belgium Championships earlier this year. Despite the utilization of a laser rangefinder plus video proof after the break, Lund dismissed the “unofficial” event’s record, according to the AAP. Regardless, Karjalainen is no doubt the latest sweetheart amongst Finnish geeks.

Now You Can Take The Air From New York City With You

Now transplanted New Yorkers can take the smell of their beloved NYC with them wherever they go, thanks to this Canned Air novelty product.

It’s part of a series of canned air from cities across the globe being sold on Etsy, and claims to contain air that is “20% Empire State Building, 10% Grand Central Terminal, 10% Chrysler Building, 20% Statue of Liberty, 10% Little Italy and Chinatown, 10% Brooklyn Bridge, 10% Times Square, 10% Central Park.”

Criminal Charges Dropped Because Defendant is TOO Guilty

How do you get criminal charges against you dropped? Here’s the unusual story of how one fugitive got the Feds to drop the charges against him: he’s TOO guilty!

The federal government has more than 400,000 pages of evidence against fugitive Miami doctor Armando Angulo, taking up some two terabytes of digital space. On the surface, it sounds like a pretty solid case. But at the urging of prosecutors, charges were dropped against the doctor because the evidence is simply taking up too much space on government servers.

“Continued storage of these materials is difficult and expensive,” wrote Stephanie Rose, the U.S. attorney for northern Iowa, describing the ongoing evidence storage as “an economic and political hardship” for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

As the Associated Press notes, the collection of evidence against Angulo, who is charged with illegally selling prescription medicines online, is enough to print the classic novel “War and Peace” 625,000 times.

Two terabytes is 5% of the DEA’s entire server capacity? Man, they can get 2 terabytes worth of storage with Google Drive for $99 a month!