Need a hug right now? This app can help you get one

Need a hug? Now you can get one anytime, anywhere.

A new app called Cuddlr helps you find people near you who are up for a cuddle.​

While snuggling with a stranger does sound pretty strange, it's probably useful for when you're sad, alone and in desperate need of a human touch.

But it's all strictly platonic and those who try to get frisky risk being rated badly.

Users get to scroll through a list of people and choose someone they would like to cuddle with.

Here's the tricky bit: The other person has got to want to cuddle with you too.

If you're already down in the dumps, getting rejected by a stranger for a hug is probably going to make you feel a whole lot worse.

(Cuddlr is only available in the Apple app store.)

 

Asian Games: Tao Li takes silver in 50m butterfly

Tao Li at 2013 SEA Games.
Tao Li at 2013 SEA Games.

Singapore swim star Tao Li failed in her bid to make it a hat-trick of golds in the women's 50m butterfly at the Asian Games.

The butterfly sprint queen had won the last two golds in the event at the 2006 Doha Games and the 2010 Guangzhou Games, but came in second at the 2014 Incheon Asiad, when she finished behind China's Lu Ying on Monday.

Lu posted a time of 25.83sec, a new Games record, while the Singaporean finished with a time of 26.28.

Rihanna's nude pics uploaded in hackers' round two release

Rihanna are among the celebs who were attacked, by having their personal nude pictures posted online, in the notorious hacker's second round of releases.

Barbadian​ singer Rihanna, 26, was among the list of celebrities victimised in Saturday (Sept 20) night's release of nude photos by hackers.

In this latest nude picture scandal, Rihanna's shots, which look like they were taken during a fitting, went up online briefly over the weekend before they were removed, reported Sky News. 

The naked pictures of other stars including reality star Kim Kardashian, US actresses Gabrielle Union and Vanessa Hudgens were exposed as well.

Most of the victimised celebs in the hackers' second-round release have not made a statement except Union.

She said she intended to contact the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation).


Gabrielle Union in a sexy Instagram post. PHOTO: Instagram

The Telegraph reported Union saying in a statement: "I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of colour, have been victimised, and the power over their own bodies taken from them.

"These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."

Hunger games actress Jennifer Lawrence suffered a second blow as more of her naked pictures went up online over the past weekend on top of being attacked in the first round of nude pictures released in earlier this month.

The first round of pictures included snaps of US model Kate Upton and singer Avril Lavigne, among others. 

Sources: The Telegraph and Sky News.

WATCH: Kid mimics Friends lines and performs Phoebe's Smelly Cat

Annie Spohr, a three-year-old little, shows how big of a Friends fan she is this cute little YouTube video.

Meet Annie Spohr, an adorable three-year-old who just happens to know so many lines from hit TV show Friends.

And she even perfectly mimics Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).

You're bound to fall in love with this little one.

The clip was uploaded last year but recently went viral after Buzzfeed picked it up for the show's 20th anniversary. 

Watch the full video here

Sources: Buzzfeed, YouTube

Tags: friends, tv and viral video

OldTown White Coffee in M'sia probing alleged racist hiring notice

A new OldTown White Coffee branch in Johor Bahru has come under fire from netizens - after a recruitment advertisement went viral on social media.

The advertisement is being investigated, the cafe chain said today.

"The recruitment notice was posted by the franchisee for the new outlet at Austin Heights, Johor Bahru," the chain said on its official Facebook page.

"We are currently in contact with the franchisee as the recruitment notice was drafted by him. We would like to clarify that OldTown White Coffee management was not aware of the contents of the said recruitment notice." 

The full statement was posted on Facebook after netizens voiced their disapproval.

They said the ad was racially discriminating and did not represent harmonious living in Malaysia.

The advertisement stated that it was looking to hire 12 wait staff, six cooks and four supervisors , with priority being given to Malay and Chinese applicants.

OldTown White Coffee apologised and said action would be taken. 


Photos: Facebook

"On behalf of the Franchisee, Oldtown White Coffee management would like to sincerely apologise for the unacceptable and offensive content on the recruitment notice.

"As a home grown Malaysian brand, we value everyone equally and it has never been our intention or the intention of the franchisee to make any individuals feel slighted or offended in any way," it said.

For the record, the franchisee is neither Chinese nor Malay. He's Indian.

Source: The Star

Watch: Cat miraculously escapes burning building unscathed

It is said that cats have nine lives. This kitty probably just used up one of them.

It managed to escape a burning building after it collapsed.

The miraculous getaway happened on Thursday at the Towers Hotel in Dauphin, Canada.

A fire broke out in the building around 3am. The blaze was so bad that the hotel had to be demolished.

The Dauphin Fire Department posted on Facebook: "The structural stability was a great concern and the decision was made to demolish immediately."

Firefighters were hosing down the gutted building at around 12.30pm when the building collapsed, reported The Independent.

Seconds before the hotel crumbled, the feline was spotted at the second-storey window.

It disappeared under the smoke and rubble, but emerged unscathed seconds later.

CBC reported that no one was injured in the incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: CBC, The Independent, Dauphin Fire Department

Firefighter dies in ice bucket challenge gone wrong

 A Kentucky firefighter died on Saturday (Sept 20), weeks after participating in an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that went horribly wrong.

Electricity from a power line shocked four firefighters on a ladder as they sprayed water on a group of college students below who were trying to pull off the charity stunt.

Officers from the Fire and Rescue Department in Campbellsville were helping the Campbellsville University band with their video "Challenge" on Aug 21.

Capt. Tony Grider died from burn-related injuries, according to dispatcher Mark Coker with the Campbellsville-Tyler 911 Center.

CNN said the 41-year-old's body was driven, accompanied by an official escort, to his hometown of Columbia, Kentucky.

The fire department posted a message on Facebook which included a "thank you" from Grider's family to the nurses and doctors who tried to save his life, and the firefighters who spent time at the hospital hoping that he would recover.

Condolences flooded in.

Grider leaves behind a wife and children. They all lived in the same home with his parents in Columbia.

Firefighter  Simon Alex  Quinn, also injured in the Ice Bucket Challenge, was released from the hospital on Tuesday, Coker said.

The power company told investigators that if one gets within a distance of three to four feet from a power line, the energy that surrounds the voltage wire can arc and electrocute other objects, Campbellsville Police Chief Tim ​Hazlette told CNN.

That's what authorities believe happened in this case.

Sources: CNN, YouTube

Harry Potter actress calls for gender equality in powerful UN speech

Actress Emma Watson gave a powerful speech calling for both men and women to fight against gender equality.
Actress Emma Watson gave a powerful speech calling for both men and women to fight against gender equality.

She may have shed her robe and magic wand after the Harry Potter series ended, but Emma Watson still packs a punch in person.

The newly-appointed United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador gave a rousing, powerful speech at the New York headquarters on Saturday calling for gender equality.

She helped launch the HeForShe gender campaign that aims to rope in men to help fight against gender equality.

Watson, who was clearly battling nerves, said: "Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation.

"Gender equality is your issue too," added Watson.

She also said: "Because to date, I've seen my father's role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother's."

 

 

The 24-year-old actress also acknowledged her magical roots.

She said: "You might think: Who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing speaking at the UN? I've been asking myself the same thing.

"All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I've seen and (to be) given the chance, I feel it's my responsibility to say something."

Source: Vanity Fair

Why are people dropping the iPhone 6? For science, of course

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus being tested in painful drop tests.

Yes, Apple released their latest version of the iPhone last week.

 And what's bizarre are not the eager beavers queueing 2 weeks in advance to get their hands on the iPhone 6. Rather, it's the buyers' willingness to drop those perfectly sculpted gadgets onto the floor that's puzzling.

Why?

It seems people are conducting "drop tests" on Apple's new phones and uploading the results online.

Sheer madness?

It's all in the name of science apparently.

They wanted to see how durable these phones are, because earlier rumours suggest that the screen of the new iPhone come with a near indestructible "sapphire glass". 

So how did the phones fare?

 

From the various videos uploaded, the new iPhones are not indestructible.

While the various unscientific tests showed they can survive minor bumps and bruises, a drop directly on the face of the phone will - more often than not - crack the mythical glass screen.

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So for those of you lucky enough to own the new iPhone, keep your handsets safe!
 
If any of you want to donate your phone to us for a drop test, please email tnp@sph.com.sg
 
Use the subject tittle: "I want to donate my spanking new iPhone for Science" 
 
Yes, we are joking.
 
Source: YouTube

 

Missing dog found 5,000km away - that's the distance from S'pore to southern China

 A dog that went missing in Philadelphia five months ago has turned up 4,820 kilometers away.
A dog that went missing in Philadelphia five months ago has turned up 4,820 kilometers away.

A dog that went missing in Philadelphia, US, five months ago has turned up 3,000 miles (4,830 kilometre​s) away.

That's almost the journey from Singapore to southern China!

The Jack Russell terrier named Gidget arrived at a Portland-area animal shelter - and shelter officers have no idea how the pooch made the cross-country trip.

"It is an absolute mystery to everyone how little Gidget ended up here," said Deborah Wood, animal services manager at the shelter.

"We are just thrilled that she was micro-chipped and that the owner's information was current."

Gidget was brought to the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Oregon as a stray earlier this month. But she had been missing since April 22.

Wood declined to name Gidget's owners, saying they were trying to raise funds to bring the dog home.  - Reuters

Tags: dog, missing and found

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