20 Of The Most Amazing Things You Can Only Find In Japan
Japan is an incredibly interesting country that should be on your bucket list to visit if you haven’t already.
They are ahead of the curve in technology compared to most of the world, and have a fascinating culture that is unique in many ways. So you’re bound to find things in the Land of The Rising Sun that you wouldn’t find elsewhere on the planet.
Most of these things might seem bizarre at first, but then you’ll start wondering: why don’t they have this everywhere?! Okay, maybe not for all of them…
In 2009, that was the situation one poor 60-year-old woman found herself. A hostage for ten whole hours being held up by a Sega Light Phaser. The man was apparently looking to collect on a debt, so decided the best option was to break into her house in the Brazil Federal District. And demand payment by threatening to shoot with his Light Phaser.
The plan, as you can imagine, was not thought out very well at all. You see most people in Brazil would have recognized Sega’s famous Light Phaser. The lady that was being held up, though definitely a scary circumstance to be in, may even have laughed in his face. If someone ran into your place of work with an XBOX controller as a weapon, would you be able to take them seriously?
The accessory that was shipped with the Sega Master System was extremely common in Brazil. In fact, when released in 1989, Brazil became one of Sega’s strongest markets.
The Master System was a home video game console based on the Sega Mark III that was released in Japan in 1985. This was a groundbreaking 16-bit console at the time, but could not really breakthrough Nintendo’s big market share in North America and Europe. But due to its extremely high popularity in Brazil, Sega still produces some of the consoles today. They also had some cool 3D glasses that could work with some specially coded games. Luckily for the police, the attacker forgot to wear his 3D glasses so was not able to see them coming.
After ten hours of negotiating with the police, he released the hostage unharmed. Which was a lucky outcome for this situation because it seemed the robber was also holding a very real pair of sharp knives. But we really have to ask the question, what in the world was he was thinking of doing with the light blaster? As according to reports, it was not even plugged into the console!
A Catfishing Story With An Unbelievable Happy Ending
The term “catfishing” is an unfortunate byproduct of the social media age, and has become so widely-known that both Merriam Webster and the Oxford English Dictionary added it to their official lists in 2014. The countless stories of identity misrepresentation usually end in horror and heartbreak, but not for Emma Perrier.
The 33-year old French woman living outside London was the victim of a catfishing scheme that turned into an unbelievable happy ending, but her story has an ironic twist. She didn’t fall in love with her catfisher; she fell in love with the person her catfisher was impersonating…
The 2010 documentary, Catfish, brought the term catfishing to the forefront. This film followed along as a young man, Nev Schulman, as he begins an online relationship with someone he met through Facebook named Megan. As the relationship progressed, Nev becomes suspicious that Megan might not be who she claimed to be so he paid her a surprise visit. Megan turned out to be a middle-aged housewife named Angela who had created multiple social media accounts with multiple personas.
In the film, it was Angela’s husband, Vince, who made the connection between social media impersonation and catfish. He explained to Nev that cod are shipped live from the United States to China, but the fish would arrive at their destination with inferior meat because they were lazy and inactive during shipping. To prevent the cods’ flesh from going mushy, the shippers place a catfish in the tanks to keep the fish active and moving frequently. Vince noted that, perhaps, some people have been placed in the lives of others to keep them active. Nev’s documentary spawned a hit TV reality show on MTV in which Nev and his partner, Max Joseph, expose a new catfishing incidence in each episode.
For Emma Perrier, her catfishing journey began when she downloaded the dating app, Zoosk. Scrolling through the photos of other members, she found a handsome, dark-haired Italian named Ronaldo Scicluna, or Ronnie for short. According to his profile, Scicluna was 34 and lived just 100 miles away from London. Their relationship moved quickly and soon Emma and Ronnie were texting, messaging, and talking on the phone several times a day. For Emma, whose family and friends were all in France, connecting with Ronnie filled a void in her life. Plus Ronnie was sweet and attentive and charming. Emma was smitten. There was just one problem…they two had not yet met in person.
Emma tried several times to arrange a physical date, but Ronnie was always ready with an excuse. He was busy with work or taking care of his father, so he claimed. Emma was frustrated and disappointed, but she had no reason to doubt Ronnie’s stories. After all, she saw pictures of him so she knew he was a real person.
3D Printing Saves Life: Turtle Gets Its Shell Back
While many people would refer to the applications of 3D printing lying in the fields of manufacturing, product testing, and others, the fact a group of people who fancy calling them the ‘Animal Avengers’ managed to save the life of a tortoise named Freddie.
To state the obvious: the shell of a tortoise is one of the most prominent and important parts of it’s anatomy. Not only does it provide a place to sleep, it’s also useful to duck under and sustain damage which tortoises usually do as they are not predominantly the hunting ones nor can they travel very fast. But, when a bush fire burned this very shell of Freddie, the chances of her survival were starting to fade as there was no possible way to treat the injury.
Then, the animal avengers decided to come to the rescue, a group consisting of a dental surgeon, four veterinarians and a 3D designer. Being aware of the merits of 3D printing, the animal avengers decided to try and replicate Freddie’s shell with a 3D printer by taking details photos of freddy and examining the shape and size of the shell that she had.
After that, it was just a matter of waiting and hoping that it works. Fortunately, not only did it work, but there were no complications or tradeoffs when putting the replacement shell as it was a perfect fit. There was still but one teeny tiny problem: since 3D printers usually print the end product as white, it wouldn’t do justice to freddie.
And this is where the animal avengers needed some help: they called for someone volunteering to paint the shell of Freddie, and they found one. Not only did he manage to paint freddie’s shell, he did it with such accuracy and perfection that it’s hard to distinguish between them and the real shell.
And as expected, freddie the tortoise really liked her new shell, and while we gaze at her new shell, we can’t help but wonder if there are more applications of 3D printing than we’ve thought of?
These puppies are so tiny and adorable, they’re impossible not to love. Most of them can fit in the palm of your hand, but they more often seem to end up posing in tea cups. Either way, check out this gallery to see 22 of the tiniest and cutest puppies ever born — unless you’re afraid of your heart melting!
1. Teacup Yorkie
This male Teacup Yorkie weighed less than two pounds when he was listed for sale. As you can see in the picture, he was only a few inches taller than a medicine bottle!
2. Towel Dog
Good thing Biscuit’s head is sticking out from under the towel. He is so small he could have gotten lost under there.
3. Skateboard Pup
Skateboard Pup definitely learned how to master the skill at an early age.
4. Finger-sized Chihuahua
This Chihuahua is literally finger-sized, measuring about 6 inches tall!
5. Coffee Cup Pup
If it weren’t for Snowball’s blown-out haircut, this puppy would look even tinier.
7. Fluffy Fox
This pup looks like a tiny fluffy fox.
8. Teacup Pup
What is up with all of these puppies finding their way into teacups?!
Tyson is one of the UK’s tiniest puppies. He only weighed 11 ounces and had to be hand fed by his owner.
10. Perky Ear Pup
This perky eared fella measures around five and a half inches tall, making him one of the smallest puppies on the list.
11. Teacup Pup #2
A bit too big for the teacup it seems, and one of the largest tiny puppies on the list — but too cute not to include.
12. Taco Pup
Despite the coincidence of being a Chihuahua and in a taco, that is not the famous Taco Bell Chihuahua.
13. Palm Puppy
This puppy is sleeping so peacefully, but probably not fun for the person who has to hold him until he wakes up!
14. Even Tinier Palm Puppy
This is one of the tiniest puppies ever born. She only measured about 3 inches in width!
15. Fur Ball Friend
Jackson is obviously the size of an outstretched hand, but with a big heart!
16. Soda Pup
This puppy is not above product placement in his photo ops!
17. Bone Chewin’ Betty
Betty could fit in the palm of your hand, but she prefers being wrapped in soft blankets.
18. Sad Sarah
Sarah looks like she just found out she’s not tall enough to get on a roller coaster. Don’t worry Sarah, one day you’ll be bigger!
19. Tiny Couch Carl
This dog was only five days old when this picture was taken on an equally tiny couch.
20. Big Heart Bob
Bob was actually rescued by a nurse after losing an eye, and nursed back to health. You don’t even need two eyes to see how cute he is though!
21. Bug-Eyed Pup
This dog is tiny but seems to have a big attitude.
22. Teacup Pup #3
The third and final puppy to somehow make its way into a teacup.
If you came across any of these animals in the wilderness, chances are you would immediately start running in the opposite direction. Fortunately, none of these hybrid animals actually exist — and hopefully never will. All of these 27 hybrid animal crossovers came from the deranged minds of various artists who all share a mastery of Photoshop.