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Savoring one of the stinkiest foods in the world: Sweden’s surströmming

Japan is no stranger to fermented foods with, shall we say, “unique” aromas, so how would a group of unsuspecting Japanese writers deal with a rice bowl topped with the notoriously foul-smelling Swedish staple, surströmming?

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Japanese convenience store snack looks like, and almost is, smoked cock 【Taste test】

Feeling a little peckish? This might be just what you need.

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This Chinese university student’s room is so messy, it made news headlines【Video】

Even if you’re not the most organized person, we bet your room has never looked this bad!

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Upcoming exhibition of creepy-crawlies in Nagoya promises to give its audience the heebie-jeebies

Unless they’re dedicated entomologists, this could be the perfect place to freak out your unsuspecting friends.

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We make salt from our reporter’s sweat, then taste the world’s first Mr. Sato Salt rice balls

In Japan, rice balls can be flavored with almost anything, so we decided to make some from the most exclusive seasoning of all: salt made from Mr. Sato’s sweat!

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DIY “waffle bowls” stuffed with ramen and lettuce are the hot new cooking trend in Japan

You can’t call yourself an epicure until you’ve eaten from an edible bowl created with ramen noodles and waffle batter. And thanks to this new device, you can make one at home!

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7-Eleven Japan’s chocolate hearts turn into pooping butts with just a quick trip to the microwave

It’s amazing how one gooey brown liquid can be so mouth-watering, and another not at all.

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Wasp and mealworm sushi on the (unusual) menu at the Tokyo Bug-Eating Festival 【Photos】

Tired of sushi standbys like tuna and salmon? An annual event in Tokyo recently served up mealworm nigiri and black wasp gunkan, plus a host of other bug-based foods and drinks.

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Man gets hand stuck in toilet trying to rescue his cell phone 【Video】

In this digital age, it’s hard to imagine life without technology at our every beck and call, our cell phones in particular. While smartphones have only been mainstream for a decade or so, most of us have a hard time remembering life before them, and would be hard-pressed to go a day without one.

But how far would you go to keep from losing your precious phone/lifeline? Would you run out into traffic? Jump into a frigid lake? Or, do as this guy did and stick your hand deep down into a toilet? If you would do the latter, just be sure you don’t get your arm stuck and require the fire department to come to your rescue.

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Why does Burger King’s black burger turn poo green in the U.S. and the U.K., but not Japan?

If you’ve gone on a few overseas trips, you may be familiar with the phenomenon of travel poo, wherein your stool takes on a different hue for a few days as you adjust to local ingredients. It’s far less common for the opposite to occur, but that’s what seems to be happening with Burger King’s black burgers, which have become a repeating success story in Japan.

Burger King is currently offering its darkly colored sandwich in the U.S. and the U.K., but many are reporting that while the company turned the burger’s bun black, the burger is turning their poo green. But what’s behind this transformation, and why didn’t it happen in Japan?

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The LifeStraw can make all kinds of water drinkable, but does it work on urine? 【Video】

Have you heard of the LifeStraw? It’s a small water filter designed for one person that removes virtually all bacteria and parasites from unclean water. It has saved lives all over the world during natural disasters, helped areas with unclean drinking water, and even won awards for how effective it is.

But of course we had one question for the LifeStraw: can it make pee drinkable? If it’s truly such an amazing device, can it make drinkable water during the worst possible circumstances?

We put it to the test, so read on to see if a LifeStraw will need to be part of your zombie apocalypse kit.

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The latest in Japanese iPhone security: using your butthole to lock your phone 【Video】

So everyone knows you can lock/unlock your iPhone using your thumbprint. Sure, that’s great and all, but what if you want to be even more secure? After all, what’s stopping phone thieves from stealing your fingerprints and snooping through all of your secret selfies?

Have no fear, RocketNews24’s Japanese-language writers have the perfect solution: getting your iPhone to recognize your butthole. A member of the same incredibly mature team that researched how to flavor food with burps now brings you the latest in iPhone security and will show you how to make your own iPhone something that no one could ever, or would ever want to, break into.

It probably goes without saying, but this technique is a little NSFW, so be sure no judging eyes are around before you read on.

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We try GOSSO nose hair pluckers, and the results are as impressive as they are gross

Nose hair is one of the stranger parts of our bodies. While we imagine it plays an important role in our physiological functions, it’s also kind of…really gross. As P.K., a writer for the Japanese side of RocketNews24, points out, no matter how sexy a guy is, if he has a bunch of nose hair poking out of his nostrils, there’s a good chance he’ll have trouble getting a date.

But fear not, bushy-nosed readers! Help is here in the form of GOSSO, the nose hair pullers! But do they actually work? And will you actually want to use them? Well, find out what our brave Japanese writers thought of the product below!

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Keep yourself entertained during long loo breaks with poo-themed mobile game【TGS 2015】

While sniffing out the most interesting things on offer at this year’s Tokyo Game Show 2015, we came across one game that was making quite a splash with its bizarre theme and crazy advertising. How could RocketNews24 resist talking to the guy in a bright yellow bodysuit with a poo hat on his head?!

I took the opportunity to talk with Dice Creative, the developers of new poo-themed mobile game PooPride, and I was impressed by just how much passion and excitement they have for excrement.

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What do toilets the world over look like? Check out this video to find out 【Video】

Love and music may not have borders, but neither do other universal concepts like the call of nature.

Although Japan is famous for its modern toilet technology (there’s even a museum now), many non-Eastern Asians are often taken aback when they visit the country and have their first encounter with the older, squatting kind. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re a staple in most Japanese schools, parks, and stations.

The fact that there’s such a gap in modern toilet technology got us curious about how toilet models and their degree of upkeep varies worldwide, and fortunately one brave soul has gone through the trouble of filming bathrooms across the globe to answer this very question.
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Chinese mom thinks airline’s toilet is too small, makes her son poop in the rear cabin

Anyone who has ever been on board a commercial flight would have probably noticed that aircraft lavatories tend to be smaller than regular public restrooms. Compact as they may be, though, the toilets on most commercial airlines provide enough room for an adult to get their business done. In fact, we’ve even heard of all those “mile high club” stories, so it’s probably all right to assume that those minimalistic restrooms are spacious enough for even two adults to slip in.

However, one Chinese mom on board a Shenzhen Airlines domestic flight felt that the toilet was too small, and made her son defecate on the floor of the rear cabin.

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Japanese scientist creates neon udon: “This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen on the internet!”

We’ve seen some pretty crazy and colorful food here before on RocketNews24. We’ve witnessed flaming-red burger buns and ocean-blue curry, but never before have we seen something that’s basically the equivalent of eating a neon sign.

Until now. One Japanese Twitter user/mad cooking scientist created “electrical udon” and uploaded pictures for the world to recoil at the sight of. Why did he create this beautiful monstrosity? And most importantly, what does it taste like?

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Everyone loves convenience stores in Japan, even the locusts 【Photos】

After a relatively cool and dry July (by local standards), the Japanese summer has unleashed the full fury of the heat and humidity it’s known for. If you’re out and about in the middle of the day, it won’t be long until you find yourself looking for a cold drink to help stave off thirst and dehydration.

Luckily, Japan has convenience stores just about everywhere, and even better, they’re air-conditioned! On the downside, it’s not just frail humans who’re drawn to these oases of coolness, but also swarms of uncomfortably hot locusts, as these photo from rural Japan show.

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Shokotan munches on limited edition isopod cake in Shibuya

Would you dare eat a cake shaped like a deep-sea dwelling organism? Shokotan certainly would.

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Here’s why you should never shine a black light on a used anime character figure

With the unrelenting flow of new animated series produced in Japan, the country’s hyper-otaku could always use some extra cash to pay for the latest and greatest anime goodies. To raise those funds, many superfans eventually cycle out the stuff they’re tired of by selling it online or to a retailer specializing in used items. On the other side of that equations, if you’re an anime fan, but not the hardest of the hardcore, you can pick up used Blu-rays and DVDs at attractive discounts from their original prices.

You can even find anime character figures for sale in the second-hand market, but there are a couple of things you’ll want to investigate before buying a used statuette. First, you’ll want to make sure it’s in good, scratch-free condition. Double-checking that it’s not a cheaply made knockoff is also a good idea.

But while doing your homework in important, there’s also one thing to remember after the deal is done and you’ve got your used figure sitting on your shelf: Whatever you do, don’t shine a black light on it.

If you’re reading this at work, be advised that things are going to get pretty gross from here on!

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