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  1. Japanese netizens were touched by photos of a grandmother giving her lucky kimono to a Colombian soccer fan after the historic victory of Japan in the World Cup on Tuesday. Kumiko Sano, a 71-year-old grandma from Ehime Prefecture, Japan, was leaving Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, on Tuesday when she came across a Colombian soccer fan congratulating Japanese soccer fans on their 2-1 victory by saying omedetou. Moved by the kind gesture, Sano decided to give the kimono she wore to her first soccer game to the female soccer fan. Kazuki Okamoto, the photographer who captured the heartwarming moment, told BuzzFeed that he and Sano are part of a group of adult volunteers who take children from tsunami disaster areas to see soccer World Cup matches. Many netizens from Japan felt overwhelmed with emotion. Here are some of the comments they wrote on the Twitter thread: “What a touching story.” Full article
  2. A heartbroken cat in China was found apparently mourning the loss of its de‌a‌d owner while watching over their home des‌tro‌yed by a gas ex‌plo‌sion. The grieving pet belonged to a 27-year-old man who jumped off the building after his seventh-floor apartment in Changgang Village, Nanning, exploded in the early hours of June 15, according to Nanguo Morning Post. While it was confirmed that 16 people were in‌jur‌ed in the explosion, local aut‌hor‌ities are still investigating if the man had actually been ki‌ll‌ed. Four days after the explosion destroyed the home, people captured images of the cat sitting on the balcony of the apartment. The cat, which was severely injured by the blast, refused to leave the apartment, seemingly waiting for its owner’s return. Images of the sad cat staring at the empty apartment soon emerged on Chinese social media and have been widely shared by netizens. Touched by the heartbreaking scene, volunteers reportedly brought the cat to local animal rescue group Nanning Stray Cats to have its burn wounds treated. The group, which renamed the cat “Enong,” wrote in a social media post that the cat s‌uff‌er‌ed from multiple burns on its nose and four limbs, MailOnline reports. Full article
  3. To stop pupils cheating in Algeria, thegovernment has taken the extreme measure of cutting internet access across the whole of the country during exam time. Mobile and web connections were stopped for two hours on Wednesday to coincide with the start of two high school diploma tests. The blackouts are expected to continue for the duration of the exam period, which runs until Monday, following a crackdown by officials. The 2016 exam season was marred by widespread cheating, with questions published on social media before or at the start of tests. Last year, authorities asked operators to shut down access to social media. Mobile phones and tablets with internet access have now been banned at more than 2,000 exam centres to stop cheating among more than 700,000 students. Full article
  4. Indiana State Police say that a dump truck accidentally unloaded “processed human waste” onto a highway in the Hoosier State on Wednesday. State police stopped the vehicle, whose contents ended up on U.S. 50, Fox 59 reported. A state police information officer for the Versailles District tweeted about the situation. “Today, troopers responded to US 50 near Brownstown after a dump truck with an unsecured gate dumped processed human waste on a 3/4 mile stretch of the roadway,” Sgt. Stephen Wheeles wrote. “Traffic was slowed briefly and the company cleaned up the lost load.” The human waste was considered environmentally safe, Wheeles added. Several people replied to Wheeles' tweet about the incident. Full article
  5. Prime Minister Theresa May gave Prince William a very deep curtsy as she welcomed him at a ceremony at the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre. The cringe-worthy moment was spotted as the Duke of Cambridge attended the event along with 300 supporters, staff and dignitaries. He praised the new £300million armed forces trauma and rehabilitation centre during a ceremony gifting the facility to the nation. Prince William was patron of the funding appeal to establish the centre, which has been purpose-built at the Stanford Hall Estate, Nottinghamshire. "Looks like she's about to sit on the floor," one social media user wrote. "Bit of an awkward curtsy Theresa," another said. It will provide world-class rehabilitation facilities for service personnel who have suffered major trauma or injury. Its rehabilitation services are being transferred from Headley Court, Surrey, which has treated the nation's service personnel for more than 70 years - most recently many of those veterans gravely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. A national civilian facility for the NHS is also being proposed for the same site. The DNRC was the idea of the late 6th Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor, who led the £300million fundraising drive with a personal gift of £70million. Following the duke's death in 2016, his son, the 7th Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, carried out the duty of handing over the DNRC as a gift to the nation during the ceremony, with Prime Minister Theresa May accepting it on the UK's behalf. She called it "an extraordinary gift" and spoke of Stanford Hall Estate providing "the next generation of rehabilitative care". William paid tribute to the fundraising and support which had made the centre a reality, addressing a crowd which included the Crown Prince of Bahrain, the Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Carter and historian Dan Snow. Full article and video
  6. A baseball fan was left bloodied and bruised after a large, furry mascot accidentally shot her in the face with a hot dog fired from an oversized cannon. Philadelphia Phillies supporter Kathy McVay was sat in the stands when the green mascot, Phillie Phanatic, started riding around the field in his mobile hot dog launcher. Ms McVay said the wayward wiener - wrapped in duct tape - hit her "like a ton of bricks" as the Phanatic fired away. The flying hot dog knocked her glasses off her head and sent the woman to hospital for a scan of her brain to make sure she didn't suffer a concussion. The bizarre scene unfolded as Ms McVay watched the Phillies take on the visiting St Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night. She was sat behind home plate - where a batter swings at pitches during play - when the 6ft 6in Phanatic emerged for his usual hot dog ritual, wearing a white chef's hat and apron. The longtime mascot, one of the most famous in North America thanks to his shenanigans, launches hot dogs towards fans from a cannon on the back of a small utility vehicle. Ms McVay said she was unable to block the hot dog as it soared towards her head because she has a shoulder injury that needs surgery. She told 6 ABC: "The next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam. It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew." She added: "It just came out of nowhere. And hard." Afterwards, Ms McVay, of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, was taken to hospital for a CAT scan. She suffered a haematoma in one of her eyes, and her face was left swollen and bruised. She told local media that she understands the way she was injured is absurd and people might find it funny, but she doesn't mind if people have a laugh over her misfortune. Full article
  7. Not every relationship need end in bitterness, recriminations and a swift change of phone number and email address. Sometimes, couples manage to keep it friendly, even once the love is gone. So friendly, in fact, that you invite them to your wedding. Just like the royals do. Proving that people do sometimes manage to salvage a friendship from a relationship, one bride-to-be, Hayley Stamper , recently sent out an invitation to her ex-boyfriend. The couple had separated amicably five years ago. Still, that didn't stop him from having some fun with the RSVP. Instructions on the invite asked guests to complete the following sentence: "I promise to dance if you play..." His song of choice was I Loved Her First by Heartland, and luckily Hayley saw the funny side. Sadly, that didn't stop the people sharing their doubts about inviting an ex and claims there was more to the friendship. Full article
  8. An Indian forest ranger was nearly strangled to death by a 90-pound python when he captured the overgrown reptile and then posed for a selfie with it. Sanjay Dutta was called to the village of Sahebbari, West Bengal, on Sunday after the huge 30-foot Indian rock python swallowed a goat alive near a school. He was able to wrangle the snake, but instead of placing it in a bag, he wrapped it around his neck to pose for photographs. However, just seconds later, the snake began to constrict around Dutta’s neck, wrapping one coil completely round his neck, as he began to visibly panic. Fortunately he was able to free himself with the help of villagers, and he was able to walk away unscathed. Despite the panicked expression on his face, Dutta told Agence France-Presse: “I was not scared for even a moment. “Because had I panicked, it could have been fatal.” Indian rock pythons are non-venomous and it kills its prey by constricting it before swallowing it head first. Full article and video
  9. Cocaine pollution in our rivers is making eels hyperactive, with drugs from our urine meaning eels may be too high to reproduce. Even low levels of the drug are enough to affect eels, the researchers found – and make eels so hyperactive they’re at risk of serious injury. Cocaine is widely found in rivers, with particularly high concentrations near London’s Houses of Parliament, National Geographic reports. Anne Capaldo of the University of Naples Federico II in Italy studied endangered European eels – and found that tiny amounts affected them. The researchers kept 150 eels in tanks, some with a low level of cocaine (just 20 nanograms per litre). The eels in the tanks with cocaine swam noticeably faster, and when dissected 50 days later, they showed damage to their skeletal muscle, used for swimming. Full article
  10. Alcoholic ice-cream treats have been around for a while, but actually getting drunk, or even a bit tipsy on them is a challenge, because, well, they aren’t very alcoholic. Enter, Buzz Pop Cocktails, a range of gourmet Italian sorbets that pack that punch you’ve been looking for. Buzz Pop Cocktails are made from fresh fruits and premium liquors, but what really sets them apart from other boozy frozen treats is the alcohol content. While most so-called alcoholic ice-creams have an alcohol content comparable to beer – around 4.5% ABV – Buzz Pop Cocktails are three times stronger, at 15% ABV, which means one is probably enough to get your head buzzing. They come in packs of eight, so you can get yourself hammered on ice-cream, although it will cost you. Licking your way to a hangover is apparently a lot more expensive than just chugging booze. An eight-pack of Buzz Pop Cocktails will set you back $99.99, and if you want them delivered to your door, you’ll have to cough up an extra $34.95 for shipping. The good news is that you’ll probably forget about all the money you burned after just a few licks. Full article
  11. This ladder was supposed to stop Keith Wyman's toddler from getting into the pool. But a video clearly shows that's not the case. The video showing his 2-year-old son Cody easily scaling the supposedly safely locked pool has gone viral, with more than 23 million views. In the video, it only takes Cody a few moments to pull himself up the ladder. Both parents were watching, and his mom stopped him before he got too far. "[I'm] watching my son, with it locked and shut, pull himself up this ladder," Wyman says in the video. "Whose big idea was it to have this door put on the ladder with slots like that, with a 2-year-old who can pull himself up and climb this thing?" "It was scary because everything happened so fast," Wyman told ABC News. "He was 4 feet from us and when I turned to see what actually he was doing, he was up the ladder like an American ninja." The ladder, made by Vinyl Works, is available online from Walmart Canada. The description says that the "outside ladder has a self-closing gate to bar entry from little ones or unauthorized swimmers." It's also sold by Walmart in the US. BuzzFeed News attempted to reach out to the company for comment but Vinyl Works appears to be shut down after a massive fire at the company's facilities in Port Colborne, Ontario. Wyman, who lives in Massachusetts, told the Associated Press that the store where he purchased the ladder offered him a replacement, but the other options had similar designs. About 10 people die each day in the US from drowning, and 1 in 5 are children under age 14. Children ages 1 to 4 are at highest risk from drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full article and video
  12. The EU has voted through controversial laws which could spell the end of memes and change the internet forever. Internet experts, including World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, have warned that new EU proposals on copyright law could cause ‘substantial damage’ to the platform. Article 13 of the proposed legislation, under which internet platforms would be required to monitor uploads by their users for copyright infringement, was approved by the European Parliament committee on legal affairs on Wednesday. The bill, which will now move to the European Parliament, says its aim is to make it easier for rights holders to license and be remunerated for the online distribution of their work. However open internet advocates claim it amounts to the filtering or censorship of content and called the move a step towards turning the internet into ‘a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users’. In a letter to European Parliament president Antonio Tajani ahead of the vote, and signed by more than 50 internet experts including Sir Tim and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the group warns of the ‘imminent threat’ brought by the proposals. ‘The European Commission’s proposal for Article 13 of the proposed Directive for Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive was well-intended,’ it says. ‘As creators ourselves, we share the concern that there should be a fair distribution of revenues from the online use of copyright works, that benefits creators, publishers, and platforms alike. But Article 13 is not the right way to achieve this.’ The experts warn that rather than affecting the large internet companies initially targeted, competition from smaller platforms will be gravely affected as many will not be able to afford the technology needed to monitor content uploads. Axel Voss, the MEP leading the push for the bill has said the proposals never mention the use of filters in any of its language, instead only referring to ‘effective technologies’ being used to prevent copyright infringement. The proposal says that the evolution of technology and rise of the internet means “there is a need to adapt” existing EU copyright laws. Full article
  13. A digital art museum opening in Tokyo, Japan is making the news as a breathtaking journey to the wonderland of the future. TeamLab will open the permanent museum, “MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless,” on June 21 after a series of exhibitions all over the world. TeamLab, an art collective, began their activities in 2001 and has since pursued the intersections of art, design, science, technology and nature. The collective consists of specialists in various fields, such as artists, architects, programmers, engineers, CG animators and even mathematicians. “Digital technology has liberated art from materials and made it possible to cross the boundary. We believe there is no boundary between ourselves and nature, and between ourselves and the world. Everyone is in each other,” teamLab said. Hence the name of the upcoming museum, which teems with interactive, digital art installations that are no less larger than life. Full article
  14. When it comes to food trends, we've had it all. From cronuts to rainbow bagels and ice cream burritos, there's been an array of wacky food hybrids gracing our Instagram feeds over the past year. But now it's time for something new - and it's safe to say you're definitely going to want to try it. A businessman from Scotland has created a doughnut and chicken nugget hybrid he calls 'the Donug'. The circular treat sees chicken shaped into a classic doughnut ring, before being covered in a cornflake and panko crumb and deep fried. If that weren't enough, Donugs come with the option of three sauces - cheesy Dijon bechamel, hot chilli or golden Japanese curry with mozzarella. Or if you prefer, you can just enjoy it plain. Created by Crag Carrick, who hails from Glasgow but now lives in Australia, the Donug costs £5 a pop. Speaking to Metro , Crag said: "It's about getting Donugs sold at every sporting ground, every service station, every fish and chip shop. "I want this to be the crazy new food trend coming out of Melbourne." He added: "I'm giving something that's fun, it's easy to understand, people get it straight away. "There's nothing sweet about it. All savoury. It's 98 percent chicken that has our unique and top-secret spice mix." Full article
  15. Mike Parr, a 73-year-old Australian performance artist, recently spent three days in a container buried under one of the busiest roads in Tasmania, with no food, as a “response to 20th-century totalitarian violence in all its forms”. The unusual performance was apparently conceived a decade ago for an arts festival in Germany, but could not be pulled off due to health and safety concerns. However, the Hobart City Council, in Tasmania, approved it last month, as part of the Dark Mofo festival, as long as the organizers agreed to cover the roadwork bill. That included literally cutting a section of road and digging a large hole under it in order to lower a large metal container in it, and covering it up so that traffic could go on as usual for the three days Mike Parr spent buried inside. Despite getting the green light from the city council, organizers of the stunt had their work cut out for them. For one thing, they had to build the metal container themselves, after the original manufacturer pulled out upon hearing that a person would be buried in it for several days. They had to make sure that enough air made inside the underground temporary home, and that the lighting and other amenities worked properly. On Thursday night, under the watchful eye of a crowd of curious bystanders, 73-year-old artist Mike Parr went into the container and the asphalt lid was placed over it. The man spent three days under the road, with no food, just some bottles of water and kombucha, a small heater and some thick clothing. He reportedly spent most of his time meditating, drawing, fasting and reading Robert Hughes’s The Fatal Shore. On Sunday evening, at 9 pm, the road cutout was lifted again, and Mike Parr climbed out of his temporary underground home. Full article