Justin Bieber Drops by Controversial Shrine Honoring War Criminals in Tokyo

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Justin Bieber attends the premiere of Open Road Films' Justin Bieber's Believe at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2013 Jason Kempin—Getty Images

According to the pop star’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, Justin Bieber dropped by Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine this week. The shrine honors military dead, including leaders who committed mass atrocities during World War II

Did Justin Bieber just honor the memory of some of Japan’s worst war criminals during his recent trip to Tokyo? You better belieb it!

According to the international pop sensation’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, Bieber dropped by the notorious Yasukuni Shrine this week, where he paid his respects to Japan’s war dead, including former military leaders from the country’s imperial army who committed mass atrocities across Asia and the Pacific during World War II.

“Thank you for your blessings,” tweeted Bieber, which garnered more than 666,000 likes on Instagram and tens of thousands of retweets before the singer suddenly removed the image from his account.

While hundreds of thousands gave Bieber’s shout-out the thumbs-up, his Chinese fans were less than impressed.

“Maybe you are a giant in Japan and thats the reason why you like Japan. Anyway, please dont come to China forever, we really dont like stupid people,” commented one user, while another pleaded with Bieber to remove the picture before he waded deeper into highly controversial waters.

“You hurt your Chinese fans Bieber !!!!! Please delete this picture…… There are something about the politics between china and Japan. I still believe you are a good boy Bieber. So If you don’t wanna lose your Chinese fans. Please!!!!!!!” wrote one incensed fan.

Bieber’s visit to Yasukuni comes almost a year to the day after he visited the Anne Frank House, a museum honoring the legacy of the Jewish teenager who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp in World War II. He scrawled in the guestbook that “hopefully she would have been a Belieber.”


Surprise! The New Axe Body Spray Ad is Super Romantic

Does Nicholas Sparks write Axe ads now?

Axe is leaning away from their men-surrounded-by-ladies thing and getting a little sentimental in their new ad. Because sex sells, but love sells more. Even to guys.

Somehow they’ve gone from hundreds of women clawing at a single Axe-spraying bro to a hunky time-traveler chasing his true love through history. It’s sure to catch the attention of that 13-year-old who loves sword fighting and is just about ready to start wearing deodorant. Watch it here:


The company definitely recycled the costumes from Game of Thrones for that first part with the cavemen, but it’s still cute. And we’re pretty sure Jack Dawson from Titanic probably would have worn Axe.


Why The U.S. Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest and Other Fascinating News on the Web

April 22, 2014


1. Stuck in the Middle

America is still the world’s richest large country. But that’s only when you average out the earnings across all income levels. For the first time in decades, the American middle class is no longer the world’s richest (blame Canada). Here’s Harvards’s Lawrence Katz: “In 1960, we were massively richer than anyone else. In 1980, we were richer. In the 1990s, we were still richer. That is no longer the case.”

+ Your money or your life? It turns out the two are deeply connected. The richer you are, the older you’ll get.

+ MoJo: 10 poverty myths, busted.

+ If you want a good, longterm investment, then why are you buying a house? (Because it’s almost impossible to host a brunch in a mutual fund?)


Heroic Corgi Defends Grass Against Menacing Goats

What she lacks in stature, she makes up in valor


When a pair of goats clearly attempted to gang up on this poor innocent corgi, well, let’s just say she stood her ground and fought back.

Her name is Mini and she happens to be the same pooch who bravely took on a sour lemon candy a few months back. Look how far she’s come in such a short time! Then, she battled a tiny inanimate object, and now, she’s taking on two whole goats!

Be sure to watch 27 seconds in as the goats awkwardly maneuver their way out of an adirondack chair. Shortly afterwards, it becomes clear that this corgi is a formidable foe, stumpy legs and all.


Inmates Train Dogs to Be Service Animals for Autistic Children

The program hopes to turn around the lives of both the people with special needs and the inmates themselves

This week, KABC profiled a two-year-old program called Pathways to Hope, in which inmates at the California Institute for Women in Chino, Calif., train dogs to be service animals for autistic children and people with special needs in general. The story below focuses on a 4-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome who is finding it easier to communicate with others since getting a black Labrador named Shasta that was trained by a woman serving a life sentence at the facility.

In another video about the program produced this month by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), inmates are given a wheelchair to teach a cockapoo mix named Dusty how to pick up trash and retrieve socks from drawers for the dog’s new wheelchair-bound owner. As one of the female inmates says in the CDCR video, training dogs has made her realize, “I am worthy of getting better.”

The Colorado Correctional Industries has been doing a similar program since 2002. In January, the Denver Post profiled it, leading with an anecdote about a mother, Susy Tucker, whose autistic fifth grader Zachary hugged her for the first time after receiving Clyde, a chocolate Labrador, trained by Christopher Vogt, a convicted murderer and inmate at Trinidad Correctional Facility. According to a follow-up story produced by ABC News last month, Zachary is less anxious and thus getting better grades, especially in math and science.

“Here’s a man that isn’t allowed any physical contact,” Tucker told ABC News. “And yet [Vogt has] given my son the ability to hug and to care about other people.”


You Won’t Even Recognize Katy Perry in This “Birthday” Video Teaser

And now we have proof that modern make-up techniques are truly an art form


In a new teaser for the upcoming video for Katy Perry’s “Birthday,” the singer dresses up as a series of entertainers and becomes completely unrecognizable.

In the clip, aptly titled “The World’s Worst Birthday Party Entertainers,” Perry begins with an elderly burlesque dancer named Goldie who got her name because of her “golden nuggets.” Perry’s other characters include a Jewish MC, a downtrodden clown and a vapid princess.

Perry called this video — which premieres this Thursday — “the most insane one I’ve ever done” and judging from this two-minute teaser, she’s probably right.


Watch Emma Stone Totally Own Andrew Garfield for a Sexist Spiderman Comment

The actress questioned her boyfriend and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' co-star on his views about what it means to be feminine

At a recent Q&A promoting The Amazing Spider-Man 2, actress Emma Stone calmly (and effectively) called out her co-star Andrew Garfield for a comment he didn’t seem to realize came across as sexist.

When a kid asked Garfield how Spiderman got his costume, the actor explained that the superhero sewed it himself — which, he said, is “kind of a feminine thing to do.” Stone, who happens to be Garfield’s girlfriend, interrupts him to ask, “It’s feminine how?”

Garfield immediately goes on the defensive, replying, “It’s amazing how you took that as an insult.” Stone remains calm, saying, “No, I’m not taking that as an insult, I’m asking how it’s feminine.”

Watch above as a very frazzled Garfield begins to backpedal.


Here Are the Funniest Cities in America

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Based on this particular ranking, Chicago is #1 while the least funny cities are mostly in the South and the Southwest.

Researchers say Chicago is the funniest city in America, according to an article in the New York Times‘s Sunday Review section. Below are the 10 funniest cities, according to the authors of The Humor Code, Peter McGraw, director of the University of Colorado’s Humor Research Lab, and Joel Warner:

1. Chicago
2. Boston
3. Atlanta
4. Washington, DC
5. Portland, Ore.
6. New York City
7. Los Angeles
8. Denver
9. San Francisco
10. Seattle

Based on interviews with experts in the funny business, the Times argues Chicago first secured its place at the top back in 1914, with Carl Sandburg’s humorous poem “Chicago”, while The Second City improv troupe (which launched Stephen Colbert) solidified it. Portland, Oregon, is on the list because of Fred Armisen’s IFC comedy Portlandia.

At the bottom of the ranking is Fort Worth, TX, followed by:

49. Jacksonville, FL
48. Miami, FL
47. San Antonio, TX
46. Arlington, TX
45. Tulsa, OK
44. Virginia Beach, VA
43. Las Vegas, NV
42. Tucson, AZ
41. El Paso, TX
40. Fresno, CA

Here’s the methodology for the “humor algorithm” that produced this lineup, according to the book’s website (which boasts the full list of the 50 funniest cities):

  • Frequency of visits to Cheezburger comedy websites, such as Lolcats and FAIL Blog
  • Number of comedy clubs per square mile in each city
  • Traveling comedians’ ratings of each city’s comedy-club audiences
  • Number of famous comedians born in each city, divided by city population
  • Number of famous funny tweeters living in each city, divided by city population
  • Number of comedy radio stations available in each city
  • Frequency of humor-related web searches originating in each city

60 ‘90s Songs in Six Minutes Proves They All Sounded the Same

Get knocked down (and then get up again)


For the past decade, humanity has pondered a very important question: Did every ‘90s song sound the same? Now, there’s proof. Two Australian comedians played 60 ‘90s songs in six minutes, merging one into the next seamlessly.

Al Newstead and Anna O’Bryan run through everything from Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping” to Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” and Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic.” Yep, they all sound pretty much the same.


You Have to Write a Haiku to Get Hired at This Ice Cream Shop

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Here's the scoop:

If you’re a poet and you know it, then there may be a job for you at a Minnesota ice scream shop.

Izzy’s Ice Cream Café in St. Paul is requiring job applicants to write a haiku if they want to be considered for a position this summer, the Star-Tribune reports. They can also write any other kind of short poem or submit either a “visual collage” or a “sound/music clip” that they made, according to the website for the listing.

It might be the most millennial job application ever, but employers have asked job seekers far stranger things. Every year, the career website Glassdoor produces an annual list of oddball interview questions from “If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?” to “Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?” The questions make writing a poem seem like a breeze.

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