Viewers in Japan were shocked over new years by what appeared to be a full-scale wardrobe malfunction of the Janet Jackson variety.
Dancers clad in skin-colored bodysuits stunned TV viewers as they appeared topless and nearly nude during a televised music special featuring singer DJ OZMA, Reuters reported.
The girls were wearing flesh-colored suits with skimpy bikini bottoms and feathered head-dresses.
The appearance prompted numerous phone calls from viewers to complain.
"The dancers were wearing body suits, but we apologize for any misunderstanding," a presenter said onstage toward the end of the 57th annual "Red and White Song Contest."
"I guess it looked a bit too real," local media quoted DJ OZMA as telling reporters after the show, which regularly tops the ratings charts on New Year's Eve in Japan.
Dieters Depriving More Than Just Themselves
New Yorkers, who’s to blame for delays in your morning commute? Don't blame the track workers or the city … turns out it's those pesky dieters!
The MTA has reported that people who faint due to strenuous dieting are among the main reasons for disruptions on the NYC subway system, the Associated Press reports.
Coming in right after track work and signal problems, "ill" passengers ranked right up there in an analysis of MTA statistics from October 2005 to October 2006.
One transit emergency medical tech told the local newspaper AM New York that fainting dieters top the list of "ill" subway riders.
"Not eating for three or four days, you are going to go down," Asim Nelson said. "If you don't eat for 12 hours, you are going to get weak."
Although there is no specific record about the nature of passengers' illnesses, an average of 395 delays each month are due to sick riders.
Fainting spells caused by missed meals topped other "illness" causes, including flu symptoms, anxiety attacks, hangovers and heat exhaustion, according to Nelson.
Sneaky Suspect Slips Captors
OSLO, Norway (AP) — A Lithuanian held on suspicion of theft in an Arctic Norway jail slipped out of custody — literally — by stripping naked, smearing himself with vegetable oil and sliding through the prison bars, police said Wednesday.
"He slipped through the bars on Christmas Eve," said Svein-Erik Jacobsen, operation leader for the Oest-Finnmark Police District. The unusual escape made national news in Norway on Wednesday.
Another Lithuanian, held as an accomplice in the same cell, also used the technique to try to slip out of a window of the Vadsoe Jail, but failed, apparently because he was too big. The men had managed to bend the bars slightly to gain more space.
"It was a good effort," Jacobsen said. "But all he did was get his head and part of his shoulder through the bars."
A police news release identified the escaped suspect as Yuris Sinkevicius, 25, and said he was 5 feet, 8 inches tall and thin. He remained at large. The statement did not name the second suspect.
Both were arrested in Sweden in late October on suspicion of being involved in an organized grand theft ring that had hit targets in northern Norway and Sweden. They were turned over to Norway, and were being held pending an investigation and possible indictment.
Better Strap Some Lights on That Steed
ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) — Anyone caught riding a horse at night on a public road in St. Martin Parish will have to pay a $250 fine.
That's the minimum penalty under an ordinance passed Tuesday by the Parish Council. The maximum is a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.
The ordinance bars horseback riding from a half-hour before sunset until a half-hour after sunrise. It does allow permits for parades, hayrides and similar events.
"This will not affect parades or policemen or law enforcement on horseback," Councilman Pat Cluse said.
At the last meeting of 2006, about 100 people objected to the proposal. Changes made at their request seemed to have quieted the furor.
St. Martin resident Huey Breaux said he understands that the new law is for safety. "I understand a horse doesn't have lights, but I would hate to lose anything else," he said.
Who Said Couch Potatoes Couldn't Accomplish Anything?
CHICAGO (AP) — Thirty-nine hours and 55 minutes of TV-watching later, Jason Pisarik is once again the couch potato king.
Pisarik, of suburban Lombard, defended his sports-viewing title early Wednesday at the Ultimate Couch Potato Contest at the ESPN Zone sports bar.
He outsat and outwatched graduate student Noah Manly, of Chicago, who conceded almost 40 hours into the competition, said ESPN Zone spokesman Brian Hanover. The contest ended just before 2 a.m. Wednesday and started at 10 a.m. Monday.
"I think they came to a respectable agreement and decided to finally end it," Hanover said. "It was grueling."
For prevailing over three challengers, Pisarik will receive a prize package valued at almost $5,000, including a 42-inch high-definition television, gift certificates and a trophy featuring a live spud. All entrants were to receive a leather recliner as long as they lasted 12 hours in the fifth-annual competition.
Pisarik, an accountant, defended his title by beating the record of 32 hours he set last year. Hanover said he is the contest's first repeat champion.
The world record of 69 hours and 48 minutes of consecutive TV watching was set in September 2005 by Canadian Suresh Joachim.
Hail Those NYC Cows!
NEW YORK (AP) — For the rest of this week, New Yorkers can take a taxi by the horns.
Five normally yellow cabs, covered in fake brown and white cowhide and decorated with bull's horns on the roof, lined up outside Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, part of a promotion for a two-day Invitational Bull Riders event on Jan. 6-7.
"It's hard to get noticed in New York," said Gavin Harvey, a cable TV executive backing the event. Through Sunday, fares will be free for anyone willing to hail a cab that looks like a cow on wheels.
It will be Gotham's first experience with professional bull-riding, which is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, according to Harvey, president of Versus, a cable channel that features various rugged sports including professional hockey and boxing.
"We like the tough stuff, the hard-hitting sports," he said. Professional bull riding, in which a competitor has to stay aboard at least eight seconds, "is as tough as it gets," he said.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Hannah Sentenac.
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