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Cat Nuts! Small, Furry and Surprisingly Cute

It’s a funny old world. One minute I’m covering breaking news about North Korea’s sudden long-range rocket launch, the next I’m eyes-deep in photos of feline genitalia. Never a dull day here at RocketNews24!

Nevertheless, thanks to this small collection of photos presented by Japanese netizens earlier this week, we now know that our furry little feline friends are owners of the smallest, cutest sets of nuts that there ever were. Admittedly, there are few, if any, pairs of love buds out there in the world that would ordinarily have us chuckling away in front of our computer screens or the female team members squealing “kawaiiii!” (“cuuute!”), but we’re positive that those of you brave enough to click the link below will soon agree that cats have genuinely adorable balls.

Wow. What a sentence that was.

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Tax the Handsome: One Homely Guy’s Solution to the Declining Birth Rate

As part of the end of year windup, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper has created a Facebook page where readers can discuss solutions to various issues facing Japan. The current topic of debate is the declining birthrate.

Takuro Morinaga, an economic analyst, weighed in with this controversial proposal: “If we levied a ‘handsome tax‘ on good-looking guys, that would serve to correct a little bit of the unfairness in dating, making it easier for homely guys to find a partner and the number of marriages would increase.”

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Amazing Photos of the Earth’s Weirdest Creatures at the 2013 Insect Academy Awards

As a child I used to love going into the nearby field and searching for new insects. In my area the ultimate prize was a praying mantis, however, like most people, as I grew I came to be more and more uncomfortable around things with more than four legs.

For those of us with an acquired distaste for insects, RocketNews24 is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Insect Academy Awards. It’s a great way to reconnect with a whole planet of those magical little creatures we used to love.

And for those of your who are hardwired to hate things with dozens of eyes, these winners might just change your feelings. To help get you warmed up we’ll kick of the awards ceremony with the “Cutest” award.

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Many of you are probably familiar with Rule 34, an arbitrarily-numbered internet rule which states: if it exists, there is a porn of it.

We’d like to propose a Rule 24: “If it exists, someone in Japan has a fetish for it.

Because really, in just the past month we’ve seen serialized videos of Japanese girls diving into mud and manga about a boy with a gun for a penis.

And now we have Tonsure Market, a series of over 50 videos of Japanese women having their heads shaved bald.

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Japan’s Angelic Animal Trend Continues! Tiny White Mole Discovered in Wakayama Prefecture

OK, this is getting weird. In the space of eight weeks we’ve seen a perfectly white koi carp in Isihikawa prefecture, an angelic white crow in Shimane prefecture, and now a tiny albino mole quite literally pops up in Wakayama prefecture, Japan!

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Fact or Photoshopped? Tweeted Schoolgirl Picture too Weird to be True

Take a moment to examine this picture, a typical day at a typical stationery store with customers shopping for papers.  This is a sight anyone living in Japan has probably seen countless times before.

However, this girl has a secret so bizarre that – although it’s hard to say definitively –I’m inclined to declare photoshop shenanigans.  So come along if you dare. We’re about to take a trip into the Weird People Found on Twitter Zone.

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Chinese Artist Recreates Iconic Evangelion Scene with Interpretive Dance and Fire Cups

It’s been a little over a week since Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo opened in theaters across Japan and the film has already grossed 2.8 billion yen (about US$34 million), making it the most successful film of the year domestically.

If you still can’t get enough Eva, Chinese artist Lu Yang has created a short tribute film for the celebrated animated series that involves high fashion, interpretive dance, and Chinese fire cupping.

True to the spirit of Evangelion, the film is artistic, bizarre, and slightly disturbing.

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Japanese Politician Takes a Stand Against Parents Naming their Children Pikachu

It’s not easy being a kid. If you’re fat the other kids make fun of you; if you’re skinny the other kids make fun of you; if you get good grades they make fun of you… Kids don’t need a genuine reason to be tease their peers; they can make one up just as easily.

But when your parents name you after their favourite thing – be it the weather on the day you were born, the place you were conceived or their favourite snack food – things get awkward for poor little Windy Latrine Butterfinger.

Although authorities have been known to intervene when parents try to call their child things like Akuma, meaning devil in Japanese, and @ as once rejected by authorities in China, the vast majority slip through the net. Since kanji, the Chinese characters used in the Japanese writing system, are based on meaning and can be read in a variety of different ways, parents giving their child a kanji-based name (some choose phonetic kana script, but this is usually just for girls) are able to choose both their child’s name and how it will be written.

For the most part, parents choose names that convey their love or hopes for their offspring, but in the land of otaku nerdism, sometimes parents just can’t help but get carried away.

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Weird Cosplay: When AKB48 and Resident Evil Meet AK-47 Assault Rifles

What could be better than seeing a cute girl dressing as a member of AKB48 and dancing around in a uniform? A cute girl dressing as an AKB48 member firing military-grade weapons, apparently.

The following video and images come from Hyper Douraku, a Japanese gun enthusiast website that has teamed up with otaku favourite and “image” DVD (footage of girls in skimpy outfits in various poses) star Mii Aihara.

Dressed in a variety of hugely impractical outfits from AKB48 to Resident Evil‘s Jill Valentine, Mii heads down to the firing range to squeeze off a few rounds as part of the website’s “Guam Shooting Tour 2012.”

Why? We have no idea. But we still found ourselves watching bizarre video after bizarre video on the site.

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【Lost in Translation】 Chinese-Made Safety Instructions Speak of Psychoanalysis and Snowmen

It was only yesterday that we were chuckling about poorly translated health and safety instructions on household items, and now here we are with possibly the greatest mistranslations ever written.

Proving that it’s not just English that gets shoved through Google Translate until it vomits up bile and nonsense, a Japanese Twitter user has posted an image of the precautions label on a massage towel she bought in China.

We’ve all seen funny spelling errors and mixed-up grammar on labels before, but when a towel starts admitting to us that it can’t stand going outside to ski, you know you’re onto a winner…

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McSpeedy! Aichi McDonald’s Serves Breakfast for One Minute Only

There’s fast food and then there’s fast food.

According to the website for one particular branch of McDonald’s in Aichi prefecture, Japan, those wanting to pick up a morning bite will need to be up before the sun, not to mention be quick to place their order.

Despite being listed as open all year round and serving food for the best part of the day, the Komaki branch of McDonald’s is, apparently, only serving breakfast between 4:59 and 5:00 a.m….

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【Photo Tour】 Japan: Home to Nine Little-Known Guinness World Records

OK, so maybe Japan isn’t home to the world’s tallest man, nor does it hold the record for most simultaneous boob squeezes, but the land of the rising sun is still home to some pretty quirky records.

From “station with the shortest name in the world” to “world’s largest flower clock” (seriously), Japan has plenty to offer.

So come with us now as we take a sightseeing tour across the country to discover some of the coolest, most mundane and downright odd world records that few of us even knew existed. Plenty of photos and videos after the jump!

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Man Auctions Himself on Yahoo! Auctions, Yours for just $100!!!

While most of the world has used online auction site eBay for ten years or more, Japan remains one of the few countries where the site has never quite taken off. Yahoo! Auctions, a service set up in 1998, remains the firm favourite in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and receives a phenomenal amount of net traffic every single day.

The site has provided us with plenty of interesting tales recently, with a case of a man auctioning off a human skull, soon followed by a quirky individual advertising soil allegedly bequeathed to him by God.

This week, however, tongues have been wagging after a 22-year-old man put himself up for auction under the rental services category, starting at just 8,000 yen (US$100) for a 24-hour loan…

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Scenes from the Trains of Japan: Pigeons, Gas Masks, and Sleeping, Oh the Sleeping

We all had a good laugh at some of the people who frequent China’s internet cafes recently but Japan is not without its share of nuts either.  One just needs to step on one of the hundreds of trains across the country to get a nice spoonful of anti-social behavior.

Some of these folks make Cornman look like a piker.

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Snacks! Underpants! Nudity! A Sneaky Peek Inside China’s Internet Cafes

Internet cafes!

I’ll be honest with you- I’ve never set foot inside one.

Most of the stories we read online depict internet cafes as the haunts of socially inept teens, men with poor personal hygiene, or tales of weirdness like people playing online games for such enormous lengths of time that they keel over at they keyboards, resting their head forever on the escape button of life.

But perhaps we’ve been wrong to write them off as such terrible places? Perhaps internet cafes can be awesome, too?

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Ukraine’s Anime Girl and Real Barbie Meet Face to Eerie Face!

Two girls from the Ukraine have made a splash around the world with their unusual aesthetic choices.

First we have newcomer, 19 year-old Anastasiya Shpagina, who’s industrial strength make-up job transforms her into three dimensional warm blooded anime girl.  In the other corner we have 21 year-old Valeria Lukyanova, who surprised the world with her appearance of a “Real Barbie Doll” which is rumored to be the result of extensive plastic surgery.

And now for the first time these two titans of body modification collide for a photo shoot of epic disproportions.

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