If you don’t know who Takeru Kobayashi is, you may want to change that. After all, this 36-year-old holds an astounding six Guinness World Records. His talent? Competitive eating.
Born in Nagano, Japan, Kobayashi began competitive eating in 2001. During his rookie competition, he broke the record by eating 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes. Kobayashi went on to beat this amount and currently holds the Guinness World Record for 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Of course, Kobayashi isn’t limited to hot dogs. He holds Guinness World records for eating meatballs, Twinkies, hamburgers, pizza and pasta as well.
One may not expect these impressive records from Kobayashi. After all, he stands at 5’8″ and weighs 128 lbs. As skilled as he may be, his frame is awfully deceiving. This may be why the New York Cosmos were unable to recognize the talented competitive eater.
Disguised a waiter at Buffalo Wild Wings, Kobayashi was able to successfully prank Midfielder Peri Marosevic, who was called the team’s biggest eater. Clearly, Marosevic had no idea what he was up against.
With the help of Nissan’s Happy Surprise campaign, 8-year-old Hinata was able to show his mother just how much he appreciated her with an adorable surprise.
For the surprise, Hinata’s mother was told that she and Hinata were chosen to help shoot a commercial. Suddenly things take a turn when the two children in the back begin singing and playing the violin. She is delighted as she drives past her father and her daughter.
By this point, she notices that things may not be what she expected. She is directed to drive over to a stage where Hinata gives her a heartfelt performance of song and dance.
Hinata begins by saying he is worried that his mom is too tired from work and he hopes to cheer her up with his surprise. He thanks her for always laughing and for putting up with his mischief.
Moved by his surprise, Hinata’s mother is in tears by the time he tells her that her smile is his favorite and he hopes she keeps smiling even when he grows up. Watch the beautiful surprise below and see if you shed a few tears of your own.
Darren Criss has only been in television’s spotlight for a handful of years, but he has already managed to gather an incredible amount of dedicated fans. On twitter alone, his account has an impressive 1.7 million followers. It doesn’t take much to see that Criss is beloved by many.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 27-year-old actor, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons we love Darren Criss. See if you end up falling in love with him after reading them all.
1. He’s Harry Potter.
Well… not exactly, but he certainly does a great job of portraying a comedic Harry Potter on stage. In 2009, Darren Criss co-founded a Chicago-based musical theatre company called StarKid Productions. That same year, Criss played Harry Potter in the StarKid production “A Very Potter Musical” and began gathering attention for himself. The hilarious musical was put on YouTube and became a viral video. The musical was so popular that they created two more installments. Even before hitting television screens, Criss already showed us his humor, charm, talent and stage presence.
2. He’s Blaine.
Darren Criss is most known for his character Blaine Anderson on the popular Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. Following his success with StarKid Productions, he was casted as the charming gay high school student. The chemistry between Blaine and another character named Kurt Hummel gained a large fan support and their relationship was named, “one of the most beloved TV couples of the millennium” by the New York Post. Additionally, they were named Favorite TV Couple at the 2010 AfterElton.com Visibility Awards, and Entertainment Weekly claims that the boys have been “leading the way” in representing the gay community on television.
3. He’s talented. As you can probably tell from his work, Darren Criss is an awfully talented fellow. He began playing the violin at the age of 5 and was classically trained for 15 years. Of course, he didn’t stop there. He also taught himself how to play the guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica and drums. By the age of ten, he began joining theater groups and theater companies. By 15, Criss began composing songs. He made his television debut in 2009 on Eastwick, his Broadway debut in 2012 in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and his film debut later that year in Girl Most Likely.
4. He’s Filipino-American. And he’s extremely proud of his roots. His mother is a native of Cebu, Philippines and went to live in America in hopes of better circumstances for her children. Criss admits that while his childhood was not too immersed in the culture, he has been to the Philippines numerous times and has a “bizarre kinship” with the country. “As soon as I got off the plane, I was like, ‘Ah, this is me back in the Philippines.” I love this place. Whatever Filipino blood [I have in me] is very happy to be here.” he said in an interview.
5. He has a big heart. Possibly one of the biggest reasons Criss has such a large fanbase is because he seems to be a genuinely good person. Following the massive Typhoon that hit the Philippines, Criss launched a campaign to encourage donations. His statement said, “My mother was born & raised there, and as a result I have always been proud of my Filipino heritage, as well as lucky enough to feel the tremendous support of the Filipino community throughout my life as an artist.” Criss is an active supporter of The Trevor Project which focuses on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. His work with this organization gained him Variety’s Power of Youth Philanthropy award.
19-year-old Finnish YouTube user Sara is seen in this video spending nearly two minutes speaking absolute gibberish. She may not know many languages, but she certainly sounds like she does.
Throughout the video, Sara mimics what various languages sound like to her. While she may throw in a few correct words here and there, she clearly does not know how to actually speak the languages. She reminds us that correct speech is not the purpose of her video anyway. She simply wants to demonstrate how different languages sound like to the foreign ear.
During her demonstration of an American accent, she says ”Yeah, I mean, uh. Trevor-mis-underpairing-like-monin-fair. Follow me, like a pending friend-tricket. Balone-a-value precise-y. Hello?”
Clearly, she only knows a few words in English, but her ability to capture the accent is undeniable.
She also does a version of Japanese. Unfortunately, many viewers have said this is her weakest accent. Additionally, she ends the video with an “East Asian” demonstration that sounds closer to South Asia’s Vietnamese accent.
Of course, we understand that what we hear is simply a demonstration of how languages sounds like to her. This doesn’t seem to stop people from putting in their two cents. While the majority of viewers are impressed by her skills, there have been some people who are insulted that their language was not perfected and is shown in this manner.
Whatever the opinions may be, there is no denying this video is going viral. Less than a week since its release, the video gained nearly 4 million views on YouTube.
When you think of Sanrio, you probably think of Hello Kitty and all the cuteness that comes along with her, but apparently Sanrio is trying something different.
The company is not only comprised of cute kitties, bunnies and puppies. As it turns out, Sanrio has no objection to using food items as characters and in quite an unexpected way. Some of these other, less-known characters can be more accurately described as strange instead of cute. This includes their new egg character Gudetama.
Gudetama is described as “an egg that is dead to the world and completely lacks motivation. No matter what cooking method you use, Gudetama remains unmoved.”
Sound a little boring? Well apparently Sanrio thought this character is interesting enough to dedicate an anime to. The 1-minute animated short aired in Japan a few days ago. According to Anime News Network, “The anime and game segment will run for about one minute, and the character will also appear in five-second news updates at 7:00 a.m. Asa Chan viewers can also participate in the “Gudetama Chance!” game. Viewers can use their remote controls to select the correct Gudetama card on the television screen and earn points.” The results?
Japan loves Gudetama. Since the character’s creation in 2013, the little egg has become one of Sanrio’s most popular food-based characters.
Check out strange, new short below as well as pictures from the Gudetama twitter account.
There is simply no denying that our advances in technology will continue to progress. In fact, we have made so much progress in recent years that we like to hypothesize what the future may look like.
We did this with the movie Her starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson. The film has received widespread critical acclaim and praise. The appeal to the movie? A man falls in love with an operating system. This may seem impossible, but as it turns out, this may not be so unheard of after all. Japan, who is often known to be ahead of the game when it comes to technology, is already close to achieving this.
Japanese netizens are not in love with an operating system just yet. Instead, some are convinced that they are in love with a virtual girlfriend found in a video game. As you can see, Her isn’t that extreme after all.
Aside from virtual machines that we may grow to love, Japan has looked into various ways that our future may look like on an average day. In this video, a Tokyo-based tech company gives us a glimpse of what a restaurant may look like in the future.
Surprisingly, the woman in the video doesn’t have to actually interact with another human being. She can view the menu from her phone, touch the options in front of her and pay from her phone as well.
Although the idea of such advanced technology seems daunting, the things shown in this video aren’t too unrealistic. In fact, this seems like a perfectly plausible future restaurant. Of course, this may make it even more scary.
Some of Japan’s cutest characters come from the popular and beloved company, Sanrio, which was founded in 1960. In fact, Sanrio’s most popular face, Hello Kitty, has become one of the most successful marketing brands in the world. Walk into any Sanrio store and you can purchase nearly anything Hello Kitty-inspired. You can get Hello Kitty pencils, bags, toasters, bathroom appliances and even laundry baskets.
So it’s no secret that Sanrio has done incredible work to globally market their main character Hello Kitty, but in Japan itself, you can see even stronger efforts to market some of the other 400 characters in the Sanrio family.
One method is through pop-up cafes. In Japan, a number of restaurants and cafes utilize a theme for their food and products. These items are limited edition and fans rush into the pop-up cafes to purchase the items before time runs out.
Last year in October, a My Melody pop-up cafe appeared in Tokyo. The adorable and pink products were an instant success. Sanrio is taking over a pop-up cafe once again. This time, the cafe is based on Kiki and Lala who are more commonly referred to as the Little Twin Stars. Kiki and Lala were introduced in 1975 and the angel-like characters have had quite a large fan base.
Now their fans can enjoy pink and blue hamburgers, star-shaped pancakes and even the Little Twin Stars’ faces on top of a cup of coffee. Clearly, it’s all too cute to miss. If you happen to be in Tokyo, be sure to check it out! The Cafe will be themed Little Twin Stars until the end of May. Find out more information below:
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Even if you have the worst case of the Mondays, 3-year-old Zhang Junhao will certainly make your day.
A Chinese reality show, which appears to be similar to America’s Got Talent, recently had the brave young boy on their stage to impress the judges and bring the audience to their feet.
The boy doesn’t appear to have an ounce of bashfulness as he hugs his luggage, calls it his baby and says he will dance with his baby. The second Zhang Junhao walks on stage, he puts a smile on the faces of the judges including celebrity judge Jet Li.
After running up to the judges to give them all a kiss on the cheek, he begins showing off his adorable dance skills. He does everything from the robot to karate punches to skipping. Zhang Junhao may be young and his dancing may be completely random, but he certainly seems natural at putting a smile on someone’s face.
He bravely tells the judges that he was not afraid to perform and he dances for his entire family everyday. He then tells the judges that he loves dancing because it makes his mother laugh and laughter is happiness.
Trust us when we say young Zhang Junhao will put a smile on your face.
In our new column about dating in the Millennial age, we give you a primer on Internet PDA.
An older friend once said that dating must be horrible for us in this day and age. By that, she meant that we in our early 20s not only have to deal with confusing emotions and the general drama that comes with relationships but also have to deal with something much more complicated: social media.
As much as we try to deny it, social media is a huge part of dating. I can name a handful of friends who would argue the importance of being “Facebook official” and even more who are experts at Facebook stalking their potentials. To us, this is simply a way of life. So after all these years online, I’d like to think we have a grasp on what’s appropriate social media behavior. But then I remember: there’s always that annoying social media couple that proves me otherwise.
Now don’t go thinking I’m a bitter cat-lady who hates all relationships. I’m actually the opposite. I love romance. I love quirky matching sweaters, cheesy poses, sarcastic banters and even heartfelt declarations of love. But even I, who will avidly cupid my friends into relationships any chance I get, find myself aggravated with couples who can’t seem to walk that fine line between cute and annoying.
So how do you know if you’re one of those annoying social media couples? See if you do any of the below.
1. Relationship Spam
In one week, you’ve managed to post up a picture of you and your boyfriend every single day, and you threw in a few food pictures … with your boyfriend tagged in all of them. By the weekend, you’ve lost a handful of followers and you have no idea why. Congratulations — you two have become an annoying social media couple.
There’s a fine line between enthusiasm for your relationship and intentionally making it seem like you have no other life. If your last 10 profile pictures have been you and your significant other, you may want to mix it up or consider hanging out with those friends you seem to have forgotten about.
2. Internet PDA
PDA is not just that clingy couple in the restaurant that makes everyone else uncomfortable. What we post on social media is also very public and requires discretion. A picture of you and your girlfriend out at the beach? Cute. A picture of you and your boyfriend at the (500) Days of Summer bench? A bit cliché, but still cute. A picture of your boyfriend consuming your face? Horrifying. (And yes, this actually happens.)
And it’s not just photos. If you think your girlfriend looks pretty in her new profile picture, you’re more than welcome to tell her that, but you definitely should not, under any circumstances, publically announce what the picture makes you want to do to her. I can guarantee that your friends don’t want to read about you doing “that thing she likes” on Facebook. In fact, you giving us the mental image of “that thing she likes” makes us want to throw up a little.
You know a fast way to lose all your friends? Insulting them. If you’re proud of your relationship and you want the whole wide world to know, be my guest. But you will instantly go from cute to annoying the second you make your relationship about other people:
You know that awkward moment when a couple fights in front of you and you have to pretend you’re not there? Well, when you fight on social media, your friends are all still really uncomfortable. This includes passive aggressive status updates.
“I give up. I’m tired of being the only one putting in effort.”
“I should’ve listened to them when they warned me about you.”
“Apparently it’s OK to check out other girls in front of your girlfriend now. You know who you are.”
I know it may be difficult to make good decisions when you’re angry, but you’ll thank yourself later for your self-control. Instead, go talk to your significant other. Vent on a blog. Call up a friend and punch a few pillows. Besides, when you two make up, we’ll all probably know about it through a status, tweet, picture, mass email, text, snail-mail, carrier pigeon, billboard, cheesy radio dedication, and YouTube video flashmob.
Nearly every kid wishes for super powers. Unfortunately, as the child grows up, they realize they may not get their wish after all. Luckily for 3-year-old James, his father isn’t ready to give up on his wish. Daniel Hashimoto, an animator at Dreamworks, has decided to make his son’s fantasy adventures come true.
His YouTube channel, Action Movie Kid has been picking up quite some popularity and for good reason! Using Adobe AfterEffects, Hashimoto transforms his 3-year-old son’s everyday activities into adventures.
A trip to the toystore becomes 15 seconds with a lightsaber. A toy gun lets young James soar up into the ceiling. Building blocks can fly and lego guns can shoot fire.
Sure it all seems a little dangerous, but luckily, all of it is just Daniel Hashimoto’s talented animation skills.
His YouTube channel’s description simply says, “My 3-year-old kid is awesome. He gets into some epic situations which remind me that life is an adventure. Subscribe and catch up on all his previous adventures here. c/o ActionMovieDad – Daniel Hashimoto.”
Check out his videos below:
Check out the Action Movie Kid Youtube Channel here.
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