Crying Girl DVD

From Inventor Spot:

Crying Girl, which will be available at Amazon Japan from March 26th, appears to be aimed at Japanese men.

This is a tricky concept, but it seems that men in Japan need to have their “conquering instinct” stoked up, and the way to do this is by watching beautiful women cry. Yep, in a nutshell: men feel stronger after experiencing the weakness of women. Try expressing that select philosophical nugget over here and you’ll earn yourself a swift kick in the, er, nutshells.

Question of the Day

What time of year do you hate the most?

Well if you can’t tell by the lack of postings here lately, mid-winter malaise has hit me square in the chops like always. I go into hibernation mode a week or two after Christmas and stay in it until one day in early February when I wake up smack dab in the middle of the Mojave desert enjoying the soothing sounds of a 300+lb Elvis impersonator drain away all of life’s pains.

School Officials Ban Dictionary

Luckily, school officials responded to this quickly so that the threat of students learning something in school was successfully thwarted:

After a parent complained about an elementary school student stumbling across “oral sex” in a classroom dictionary, Menifee Union School District officials decided to pull Merriam Webster’s 10th edition from all school shelves earlier this week.

School officials will review the dictionary to decide if it should be permanently banned because of the “sexually graphic” entry, said district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus. The dictionaries were initially purchased a few years ago for fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms districtwide, according to a memo to the superintendent.

“It’s just not age appropriate,” said Cadmus, adding that this is the first time a book has been removed from classrooms throughout the district.

“It’s hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we’ll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature,” Cadmus said. She explained that other dictionary entries defining human anatomy would probably not be cause for alarm.

(Thanks to everyone who sent this to me)

Rape Victim Receives 101 Lashes for Becoming Pregnant

The nerve of some rape victims:

The girl’s father was also fined and warned the family would be branded outcasts from their village if he did not pay.

According to human rights activists, the girl, who was quickly married after the attack, was divorced weeks later after medical tests revealed she was pregnant.

The girl was raped by a 20-year-old villager in Brahmanbaria district in April last year.

Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper reported that she was so ashamed following the attack that she did not lodge a complaint.

Her rape emerged after her pregnancy test and Muslim elders in the village issued a fatwa insisting that the girl be kept in isolation until her family agreed to corporal punishment.

Her rapist was pardoned by the elders. She told the newspaper the rapist had “spoiled” her life.

(via J-Walk)