"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Links - 17th July 2014

Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator - Wisdom of Chopra - "It has been said by some that the thoughts and tweets of Deepak Chopra are indistinguishable from a set of profound sounding words put together in a random order, particularly the tweets tagged with "#cosmisconciousness". This site aims to test that claim! Each "quote" is generated from a list of words that can be found in Deepak Chopra's Twitter stream randomly stuck together in a sentence."

Hong Kong Air Hostesses Study Wing Chun; to Calm Down Angry Passengers? - " Wing Chun is a school of Chinese martial art that focuses on self defense through balance and relaxation techniques, and has become synonymous with Chinese culture over the years. Many netizens believe that Wing Chun performances will be given to angry passengers who are suffering from delays, and it is interesting to note that only the female flight attendants are being trained in the martial art. Hong Kong Airlines have played down the speculation however, and have stated that the study of Wing Chun for its air hostesses has been going on for three years in attempts to strengthen their willpower and bodies, and generally provide better service for their customers."

Just if you are wondering why China is not in the World Cup.

Honest Trailers - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - YouTube - "Megan Fox..combines the looks of a professional porn star with the acting of an amateur porn star"

7 signs God is going to destroy JEM mall in Jurong East by end of 2014 | New Nation

8 of the biggest myths about sex - "“One [study] found that people living with a sexual partner masturbated more,” the authors write, noting that “about 85% of such men and 45% of such women had masturbated in the last year” — compared to a separate study which found that “about 60% of men and 40% of women” overall, including those married and single, had done the same in that time period... “Overall, the circumcised men actually report that their penises are more sensitive [after circumcision], and that they have an easier time reaching orgasm,” the authors wrote. Further, in a collective review of 10 studies using almost 20,000 men as subjects, scientists “did not see any differences between circumcised and uncircumcised men in terms of sexual desire, pain during sex, premature ejaculation, problems with erections, or problems with orgasms.”

Pope Francis: Mafiosi are excommunicated from the church'

3女子过关讲话 被罚搭船回狮城 - "峇淡过关卡,不准讲话!狮城一家十口游峇淡,其中3女在通关时讲话,不获准入境,“被罚”搭船回返新加坡后,再搭船回来,令她们不满。"

What to Do About ‘Impactful’? - "Now, let’s be clear: There is no particularly good reason for my displeasure with this word. There are plenty of similar adjectives in the language, formed by a noun + -ful to mean “full of or having a lot of [the noun]”: for example, playful, joyful, eventful. The adjective impactful is relatively new to the language, but that’s not a good reason for my distaste either—there are lots of other new words that I like (e.g., the wonderfully playful recombobulate). The meaning of impactful is a bit vague (for example, is the impact good or bad?), but the same critique could be made of well-accepted adjectives like influential. The word may sound business jargony to some, but the data no longer fully support this connotation, as I’ll get to... In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin didn’t like colonize. Dean Alford despaired over reliable in the 19th century. And in 2013, Anne Curzan thoughtimpactful was not very pretty. These opinions about new words will all look quaint in retrospect."

Never book another flight on Tiger Air! - "I’ve heard of a bad flying experience, delayed flights, and poor customer service standards. But never in my life have I ever encountered an airline with a service standard so poor, it spoilt my entire night, or rather, my entire honeymoon plans."

PODI (Raffles City): Singapore Food Review | Food Blog Singapore - "Argentina Sirloin Steak. Oh man, this steak was such a disaster all I can find to praise is how nice the grilled vine tomatoes and chimichurri sauce were. Let’s just say cutting into the tough meat with a non-steak knife was like one of Hercules’ 12 labours, and I imagine my dentist is going to get a call soon... King Prawn in herb butter. 2 words: Mushy. Prawns. My guess is the prawns were either defrosted too hastily or the prawns were just not fresh. The deteriorated meat just ruins whatever effort was put into the herb butter. A real pity and very novice mistake."
A bad review for a closed door food tasting. Respect.

White Bread May Actually Build Strong Bodies One Way - "The guts of white bread eaters appear to contain more Lactobacillus, a type of bacteria that wards off digestive disorders"

Why drive manual? - Automatic transmission improves driving behaviour in older drivers - "The present study found that the older participants’ driving behaviour improved when driving a car with automatic transmission. As a result of the automatic transmission they displayed safer speed adjustments in urban areas, safer lane positioning, greater manoeuvring skills and better attention to the speed regulations. Furthermore, their left turns improved by driving a car with automatic transmission."

83% of road traffic accidents are caused by drivers of cars with manual transmission - "Statistics of BTA non-life insurance company shows that cars with automatic transmission are much more secure than cars with manual transmission... “drivers of cars with automatic gearboxes are more careful because they can pay greater attention to traffic, road, environment and observe more carefully other vehicles near them”, - says Andrius Žiukelis, the Head of Expert Examination Division of the Claims Settlement Department of BTA non-life insurance company. According to the specialist, accidents caused by different vehicle groups essentially don’t differ, however, it can be noticed that drivers of cars with manual gearboxes quite frequently meet with accidents when the engine of their car suddenly goes of when the car starts moving giving rise to a damage situation. In such case drivers sometimes drive into a crossroad and stop unexpectedly for all traffic participants, or stop in a traffic flow going in a certain direction and such a sudden stopping is not expected by the driver of a car moving behind. As noted by A. Žiukelis, drivers of cars with automatic transmissions often confuse the brake and gas pedals and pressing the accelerator by mistake crash into the gates, wall, another car, or vice versa – press the brake pedal unexpectedly for the car driver moving behind. Sometimes drivers confuse gear stick positions – they want to drive backward and switch on the gear stick position which should be used for driving forward and finally end up in a traffic accident or collision, or vice versa – drive backward when actually they need to move forward."

Google's Self-Driving Car Crashes - "One of Google's self-driving cars got into an accident earlier this week. But Google is claiming the auto-pilot-equipped Prius was actually flipped into manual mode when the accident happened, making this a case of user error."

Steam Community :: Guide :: Beginner's Janitorial Guide - "Viscera Cleanup Detail is an amusing look at real life consequences applied to a fictional fighting game"

Young Japanese women becoming less interested in sex, survey says - "For the past few years, Japan has been in a fuss about “soshoku danshi,” literally translated as “herbivore boys”... To make matters worse, a survey conducted by The Japanese Association for Sex Education (JASE) reveals that the number of young Japanese women who have had sex has decreased dramatically over the past 6 years. Perhaps the ladies of Japan have finally given up on trying to get their male counterparts into bed and joined convent themselves... While the percentage of sexually active female university and high school students had followed an upward trend since the survey began in 1974, it peaked in 2005 at about 60% for university students and 30% for high school students and then dropped to 47% for university students and 24% for high school students in 2011. Kazuo Katase, a professor at Tohoku University and member of the JASE research committee, believes these results show that many young Japanese females are succumbing to the “herbivore” lifestyle as well. The survey suggests that the herbivore boys continue to increase in number as well: the percentage of sexually active male university students dropped from 60% in 2005 to 54% in 2011 and the number of male high school students dropped from 27% to 15%. And it doesn’t stop there:according to the same survey, the percentage of students who have ever kissed dropped from 72% to 66% for university boys, 72% to 73% for university girls, 48% to 37% for high school boys and 52% to 44% for high school girls."

Japan Population Decline: Third Of Nation's Youth Have 'No Interest' In Sex (VIDEO) - "36% of males aged 16 to 19 said that they had "no interest" in or even "despised" sex. That's almost a 19% increase since the survey was last conducted in 2008. If that's not bad enough, The Wall Street Journal reports that a whopping 59% of female respondents aged 16 to 19 said they were uninterested in or averse to sex, a near 12% increase since 2008."

Single in Japan: Survey Finds Record Number Are Going Solo - ""Not dating," "single" and "no real need to get married" were the surprising majority of responses in a government-sponsored 2011 survey of men and women ages 18 to 34. A record-high 61.4% of unmarried men had no girlfriend, up 9.2 points since the previous survey in 2005. Unmarried women with no boyfriend hit a record 49.5%, up nearly 5 points. Among the 40% who said there was no need to get married, 45% of the men said they have no particular interest in "dating the opposite sex.""
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