Published September 25, 2008
One after the other, the models strutted across the stage to bouncy '80s dance tunes, all showing off designs of the same article of clothing — adult diapers.
Japan has one of the world's most rapidly aging societies, and the fashion show Thursday proved the country's diaper producers are intent on keeping the elderly clean and dry.
"Diapers are something that people don't want to look at," said Kiyoko Hamada of the Aging Lifestyle Research Center, a leading organizer of the show.
"But if you make them attractive, then people can learn about them more easily," she said.
A survey by The Nikkei, Japan's leading business newspaper, showed sales of adult diapers have more than doubled over the past decade, reaching an estimated $500 million this year.
Speakers blared oldie hits such as "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood as models jaunted on the stage with diapers pulled on over black tights. (AP)
Political Stunt Gone Wrong
What started as a publicity stunt to get more votes wound up costing a Thailand gubernatorial candidate a staffer's life.
Underdog candidate Leena Jangjanya said her 32-year-old campaign manager Thirasak Sitanont drowned Thursday as she and other staff members were warning journalists of the crisis of residents who don't have access to clean water.
Some members of Leena's staff were bathing in a Bangkok canal to show the rashes they got from bathing in the filthy water.
"One of my staff saw him waving and crying for help, but we thought he was pretending and he was far away from us, posing for two TV crews," Leena said through tears.
Read more: Reuters
Naked Clown Calendar
Bozo in the buff — all year long!
Seeking to raise money for MS research, 16 graduates from the Clown Conservatory have unveiled its 2009 naked clown calendar, which features the jolly jokesters posing in nothing but their birthday suits.
The proceeds from the calendar benefit the Judy Finelli Fund, which supports research and advocacy for cures and treatment of MS.
Read more: NakedClownCalendar.com.
Smashing Pumpkins in Style
One New Jersey farm has a special attraction to go with the season's hay rides and corn mazes: giant pumpkin catapult.
A group of middle school students who became obsessed with the medieval weapon asked northern New Jersey farmers Anthony and Heidi Lentini if they could use physics to fling the big orange squash.
The couple, who have corn mazes on their Newton farm to attract customers, agreed.
The half dozen boys, farmers and a technology teacher from Halsted Middle School began work in August and finished building the giant catapult this weekend.
It cost about $1200. The Lentinis paid for construction. (AP)
Read more: The Star-Ledger
Dead Animal Prank Leads to Arrest
Police have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of stealing dead animals from a veterinary hospital morgue and stuffing them into empty lockers at a Bay Area high school.
Police say the man admitted that he took the bodies of two cats and a 25-pound dog from an unlocked freezer behind the VetCare Hospital in Dublin. He said he then put the dead animals in lockers at Dublin High School before classes started Aug. 25.
The man told police he thought it was a practical joke.
The man was arrested at his Pleasanton home Friday afternoon arrested on suspicion of grand theft, tampering with school property and improper disposal of animals. (AP)
Woman Named 'Bacon' Takes Hog-Calling Title
Jolee Bacon really sizzles when it comes to hog-calling.
The northern Idaho woman took first place Saturday in the competition at the Nez Perce County Fair.
She has raised several champion pigs for 4-H contests. Bacon says she calls pigs every morning and night with her 9-year-old daughter, Jacey.
Bacon won the crown over as she started her hog call with a few loud snorts and a long, drawn-out "sooey." (AP)
Elvis Is Alive Museum Back On Auction Block
The Elvis Is Alive Museum is once again for sale on eBay. The museum's owner, Andy Key of Mississippi, says military duties will keep him away from home for at least five months.
The 39-year-old Key set a minimum starting bid of $15,000 on the listing, which ends Friday. He bought the museum on eBay last year for $8,300.
Key told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he hopes someone local buys the contents of the museum and continues running it in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The collection includes photographs, books, FBI files, DNA reports and other memorabilia that aim to support the theory that Elvis never died.
Bill Beeny, a Baptist minister who founded the museum in 1990 in Missouri, says he has no plans to buy it back. (AP)
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
'Heartbreak Hotel' Fires Male Staff
There’s no room at the inn — for randy male employees, that is.
A small hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, has fired its entire male personnel after repeated flings with foreign female tourists.
The manager of the hotel, which serves mostly British and Russian visitors, said the final straw was when she saw her bartender walk out of a bathroom with a British tourist. It’s a problem that repeats every year, she said.
Read more: Reuters
A Japanese musician is gaining popularity with his peculiar instrument — a shovel.
Joe Masao, 66, of Shiroishi, discovered the instrument, called a “spade samisen” (a shovel that looks like a Japanese stringed instrument) during his days as an assistant steam locomotive engineer. What started with a coal shovel when Masao was in his 20s has developed into appearances at spade samisen competitions.
Masao spends about three to four hours a day practicing, and hopes to take part in a type of shovel orchestra with 20 to 30 others.
Read more: Mainichi Daily News
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