September 15th, 2008

Forrest Gump – Chinese Bootleg DVD

The Chinese have yet to stop bootlegging DVD’s for resale in their country, and I have many examples to prove it. Check out the quote from the New York Times below: 

Photo courtesy of Jaycee Cox

Photo courtesy of Jaycee Cox

Click on image to see larger version.

September 14th, 2008

175 people suddenly freeze in Osaka, Japan train station

What happens when 175 people suddenly freeze at a train station in Japan?  Here’s a sample from Umeda Japan: 

 

Of course this was a prank organized by what I am guessing are actors or an improve group (?). Interesting to see how people take pictures with ‘frozen’ people.

Here’s another freeze video taken at Umeda station in Osaka (looks like a different place and time): 

 

Source: Urban Prankster Network.

September 13th, 2008

Run! Cool animated video of Japanese man’s life in 30 seconds

This was recently on the front page of YouTube Japan:

September 12th, 2008

Nose Products – Full of Happiness!

Photo courtesy Ben Spitz

Periodically I will get sent some photos of these nose clips. They look like clothespins for the nose, and I suppose people think that they can change the look of their nose using these things. 

The packaging on these two seem to promise a lot though:

“You wouldn’t miss a chance!”

“…and full of happiness”

“Indespensable!”

“necessary for your nose!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Azalea Tatal

September 11th, 2008

Teaching English in Japan has its fun moments…

Especially when you get reports like this one: 

Found via Matador Study. The image was originally found on the blog of Abram Plaut who sometimes showcases funny Engrish from his students.

The image was Dugg a little over a month ago, but I wanted to chronicle it here for easy Engrish access.

September 11th, 2008

Chinese Bootlegged Merchandise Pt 2 – Spiderman Rubik’s Cube

Here’s another hilarious scary example of Chinese bootlegged toys – the Spiderman Rubiks Cube, complete with Hello Kitty, Dora the Explorer, Winnie the Pooh and Tinkerbell! 

I wonder what the covered up side is has on it!

Photos courtesy of “Anonymous”. See also the Superhero pack of toys.

September 10th, 2008

Engrish Link of the Day – GoodLife Hotel

If you can get past the cheesy music, this site contains many Engrish gems: 

 

GoodLife Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. Click on the pic to go there.

GoodLife Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. Click on the pic to go there.

Thanks to Candy Lim for the link!

September 10th, 2008

Visit gravesite and talk to the dead on your cell phone

QR Code Sample

84% of Japanese now use QR codes with their cell phones – QR codes represent a packet of information such as text, hyperlinks, photos, and sound. When using cell phones one simply takes a picture of the code and you can see the resulting information on your phone. Most often they are used in ads within magazines, on trains, etc. so that people can access more information or a link to a website regarding a product or service. 

 

 

Gravesite with QR Code

 
So why not use this technology to connect to our deceased loved ones? Now you can! A Japanese company called IT DeSign will slap a QR code on the gravestone of your dead family member so that you quickly access photos and hear their voice on your cell phone. For about US$10,000 (1 million yen), they will set up the QR code, and associated memorial website that you access on the cell phone when taking a photo of the code. Don’t worry – they’ll even set up a password for you so that strangers don’t go around grave-hopping and looking up the dead at random. 

 

 

 

 

You can generate your own QR Code here, and as of this posting there are 5 different iPhone apps that can read the codes for you.

Source of info found here (Japanese website).

September 9th, 2008

Choose One Making You Better Feeling

OK, you may have seen this before, and it is guaranteed to offend and/or annoy many of you. Still makes me laugh though…

Tom Green brings annoying humor to a new level.

September 8th, 2008

Color Therapy Cell Phone from Kyocera/Sanyo.

Shake it and it changes color!  Colors also change during the day as you use the phone. The idea is that the colors will soothe your soul through stressful times – or maybe it is just a cute marketing gimmick.

Here is a 12 second video to make you feel good: 

Here is the official 15 second commercial, which you can also catch at the Kyocera website.

I am sure that there is an iPhone app out for this kind of thing already though.

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