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The Unlikely Success Story of a Man Who Gets Paid to Do Nothing

A 37-year-old Japanese man has built a successful career by renting himself out to do nothing. For some reason, he is inundated with requests from people who just want him by their side. In just two years, Shoji Morimoto has gone from being just another unemployed middle-aged man in Tokyo, to a minor Japanese celebrity, with over 270,000 Twitter followers, appearances on national television, interviews...

Third Metal Monolith Suddenly Appears, This Time In California, Matches The Ones In Utah And Romania

The monolith mystery continues as a third metal pillar suddenly appears in California. After two monoliths appeared in Utah and Romania, a third pillar has been spotted in California. The metal structure was spotted on top of California’s Pine Mountain in Atascadero. According to the Daily Mail, the pillar is 10 ft tall and 18 inches wide. In addition to this, it is estimated to weigh around 200...

Charcoal prices to go up as govt clamps down illegal sale of the commodity

Charcoal prices are expected to go up as the government clamps down on illegal sale of the commodity. According to Capital FM, it has observed instances of mass confiscation of charcoal along the Zalewa road by Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers. Environmentalists have been faulting the government for failing to enforce laws to curb deforestation fuelled by charcoal production. According to the Director of Forestry Clement Chilima,...

US Records Earth’s Highest Ever Temperature At 54°c

What could be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth – 130F (54.4C) – may have been reached in Death Valley National Park, California. The recording is being verified by the US National Weather Service. It comes amid a heatwave on the US’s west coast, where temperatures are forecast to rise further this week. The scorching conditions have led to two days of blackouts in California,...

Only in Japan: Burning a Mountain as a Celebration

On the fourth Saturday of each January, the dead grass of Mount Wakakusa is set ablaze as part of a unique and impressive festival called Wakakusa Yamayaki (‘Wakakusa Burning Mountain’). No one known exactly how the tradition of burning an entire 342-metre-high hill in Japan’s Nara Prefecture actually started, but one thing is for certain – it has been around for hundreds of years. Some...

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