Wow cute! Hello Titty!
I still have no PC and I am waiting for a phone call from the Sony service center.(so slow...)
Nifty Portal Z has started several 'small topics' pages like 'I found that the number of corn kernels and corn silk threads are the same' (I think it's a great discovery) or 'I found a soba (Japanese noodle) shop where you can get free toppings' (my poor friend would love to know where it is). Readers press the 'fuun' (a type of reaction; we say 'fuun' when we learn about something we didn't know) button when they are impressed by the topic. The top topic is this: 'After two hours of boiling, condensed milk turns into a mild caramel'. Fuun, but I won't try it.
Even though Japanese people have the longest average lifespan, we always have huge fitness booms and food crazes. The worst one was the Natto boom of 2007. People bought up Natto like crazy and Natto all but disappeared from the market shelves for a while. So Natto manufacturers hired more people and produced more and more Natto to keep up with the craze. However, it then became known that some of the beneficial qualities of Natto were fabricated by a TV show. Of course, the TV show got cancelled, but many manufacturers were still annoyed by the fact that they were plagued with excess production and workers. I remember that a mountain of half-priced Natto suddenly became available in supermarkets. Now we have a new food craze, the boom was started by this book: 'Morning Banana Diet'. You can lose weight by eating bananas for breakfast. Here are the rules of the Banana Diet:
Eat Bananas for breakfast.
You can eat as many Bananas and drink as much water as you want.
If you want to eat or drink something else, do it 15-30 minutes after you eat a banana.
If you don't want Bananas, you can pick another fruit.
You can eat anything for lunch or dinner, but you should eat dinner before 7pm.
The point is to eat the same fruit and only the same fruit at breakfast.
One big Japanese singer said she lost 7 kg very quickly on this diet. And there is a banana diet group on the Japanese SNS site Mixi, where many people said that they lost weight. Since I haven't tried it yet, I can't tell whether it will work or not, but since I love Bananas, I could do it easily.
As of this year, you can't buy tobacco from vending machines without a Taspo card (an ID card that prevents teenagers from buying cigarettes). However, many people didn't register and haven't gotten Taspo cards yet. Actually, I read that only 30% of smokers got the card. Then, a manufacturer produced another type of tobacco vending machine that uses face authentication instead of Taspo cards. You face a small mirror on the machine and the machine judges whether you are old enough by examining wrinkles and face shape. (I am not sure why they use that young lady as a model. You think she is over 20 or not?). Last week, one high school student bought a box of cigarettes from that type of vending machine. He was caught and when the police questioned him, he said he was able to bypass the machine's system by making a squinty face. He made wrinkles on purpose! :-). Hmm, it's a useless machine, but I think we should just not use vending machines to sell tobacco. That is the best way.