A Test I'm Glad I Don't Have to Take!

Chopstick Test

Private schools all over the world require their applicants to pass a plethora of entrance exams before they’re admitted. But one Japanese school has an unorthodox entrance exam for their potential students -- it’s a chopstick test! Applicants to Hisata Gakuen Girl’s High School in southern Japan must prove that they can properly use chopsticks by holding and moving small items such as beads and marbles with the tricky utensils. The school’s principal explained the reasoning behind this exam is to test the applicant’s lifestyle habits through their handling of chopsticks. The school places high emphasis on intelligence and etiquette. The test is in response to the fear that Japanese youth are losing touch with their traditional culinary culture and table manners, due to Japan’s Westernized eating habits.

Full Figured Feline

Cats should have no problem getting through doggy doors, right? Any regular cat would have been able to slip right through the doggy door, but for Goliath, a 22-pound cat, it proved to be quite a challenge. The fat cat encountered some difficulty on Wednesday night when he tried to sneak into a home in Gresham, Oregon to steal some pet food. He got halfway though the doggy door before getting stuck. The homeowner came to his rescue, freeing the frightened feline and then feeding him. The cat is believed to be a stray, and it leaves people wondering, how could he have grown to his size without a permanent home? This Oregon neighborhood must have some pet-loving, good Samaritans.

No Bus For English Speaking Children

It was a regular school-day morning for the Armstrong family this Tuesday -- until the school bus pulled up. The driver informed the Armstrong children they weren’t allowed to ride the bus anymore, because they speak English! That’s right, the children’s regular school bus route is now for new English learners only. The children attend Phalen Lake Elementary School in St. Paul, MN, which shares a building with a separate language academy. Apparently the change in the children’s regular bus route was a long time in the making, but school officials forgot to notify the family. Now that their regular bus route only transports non-English speaking students to the adjacent language academy, the Armstrong children are without transportation to and from school. Their mother, Rachel Armstrong, who had to leave work early to pick up her children on Tuesday, says it is a huge inconvenience. School officials apologized for not informing the family about the change, but maintain that their children are not allowed to ride the bus that passes their home everyday, because they already speak English.

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