When You Find Out Your Friend Is A Superhero

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I’ve known Erik since seventh grade. That is to say, I’ve known him longer than I’ve not known him. Which is to say, when we first met, we were younger than our own children are today. In other words, he has been my best friend for 33 years.

And I just found out for the first time last week that he also happens to be a superhero.

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The Art of Ear Picking

So I was picking my ears and thought to myself. “I wonder if I’m doing this wrong?” So i found this.

By Laura Fumiko Keehn
Photos By Aaron Farley

The Art of Ear Picking

It’s sensitive, private and very personal. A part of the body you would only share with someone you trust and love. That’s right, I’m talking about…your ears.

In Japan, cleaning your man’s ears is a time-honored tradition, a romantic act signifying intimacy. The Japanese mother of an exboyfriend was once horrified when she saw her son using an ear picker to clean out his own ear. “I always picked my husband’s ears,” she said in an accusatory tone. Point taken, it’s the duty of the girlfriend or wife to lovingly clean her man’s ears.

Happy Condom Day!

via @ONPAONG

via @ONPAONG

Today, May 6, is Condom Day in Japan! Why? Well, here’s the official explanation:

In Japanese, the numbers “5” and “6” can be pronounced as “go” and “mu” respectively, resulting in “gomu” when read together. Gomu may refer to rubber, latex, or a slang term for condoms, but obviously more people would rather celebrate the latter. And it seems like one of they ways they observe this anniversary is by posting photos of themselves posing with condoms…

So take that condom selfie and post away—let the world know you’re all about that safe sex.

Feeling Stupid? Try “The Daily Commuter”

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_____ clip; staple alternative,5 letters.

Um….”paper?”

Yuletide visitor, 5 letters.

Let’s see: “Santa?”

Authentic, 4 letters, starts with an “R.”

Oh come on…I could do this crossword puzzle in my ________, 5 letters.

My local paper prints a crossword puzzle called “The Daily Commuter,” and thank God for it.

A Slice Of Pizza

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He wears a smart straw hat with a black silk band.  He is African American, perhaps in his mid-60’s.  He is trim, keeps his white beard cropped close and often wears a Hawaiian print shirt and sunglasses.  At first I thought he might be a musician.  And he might be – I’ve never asked him.

And I can always find him sitting on an upturned plastic milk crate outside one of my favorite pizza places.  He holds out a paper cup and says, “Spare some change?”

I mumble back “no,” shake my head and enter the restaurant to buy a slice.  And he always calls after me,

“Maybe on your way out.”

He’s persistent, but not pushy, and he asks with a smile.  And I never give him anything.

Should I Or Should I Not Visit My Neighbor, An Acquaintance, Who Was Moved Into A Convalescent Home About Six Months Ago, And Who I Visited Once, But That Was A While Ago?

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This was the question posed to me by my mom the other day on the phone.  Lately (and by “lately” I mean the last ten years or so), she has had many such questions for me.  “What gift should I get my niece who loves the movie ‘The Titanic?’” “I visited two dentists’ offices, and while one doctor comes more highly recommended, he wore sandals.  Is that normal?  Who would you pick?” or “We need to buy a car, and I don’t know whether we should go to a dealer or a private party.”

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These are questions my mom never would’ve asked me when I was a middle schooler, even a teen.

Little Osaka Ousted, In Its Place: Sawtelle Japantown

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The perimeter of blocks surrounding the West Los Angeles area featuring the busy “Sawtelle,” “Sawtelle Corridor,” or “Little Osaka,” is no longer named any of these, it’s now Sawtelle Japantown. On Sunday, March 29th, Sawtelle and Olympic Blvds became the site host for the unveiling of the Sawtelle Japantown designation. From that corner up to Santa Monica Blvd, where a second sign will guide southbound drivers, the confusion of neighborhood names will no longer exist.

Who Wants to Go in with Me to Buy the $4.75 Million Apartment Complex From the Original ‘Karate Kid’?

And by go in with me, I mean who has $4.75 million lying around to buy the apartment complex because it’s apparently up for sale.

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It’s the 37-unit South Seas Apartment in Reseda, California (in the famed San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles) where Daniel-san (Ralph Macchio) lived with his mother in the first and original Karate Kid. Much of that movie was shot in the San Fernando Valley, but no other location has become, arguably, as iconic as that run-down apartment which represented the not-so-good situation that Daniel-san and his mother were faced with when they moved to Southern California.

So the last thing that anyone would like to see happen is for some greedy developer to come in and buy the property, only to tear it down and turn it into a friggin’ Forever 21 or something like that. No, it’s a historical landmark that must be preserved and for just $4.75 million and my amazing vision, we can do it…together. Like these two did:

This Week in Internet Cuteness: The Magic Bunny

What better way to kick off another week than with a picture of a cute and rare animal:

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That’s the Ili pika aka the “Magic Bunny”. They live in the remote Tianshan Mountains in China and are so rare that there are believed to be fewer than 1,000 of them left. The photo was snapped by Weidong Li, the man who discovered the species back in 1983.

As adorable as the pika may be, its numbers have been decreasing because their natural habitat has been shrinking—by over 71% in the past 30 years.