Be a virtual Kardashian

Kim Kardashian releases her new app this week. Users get to live the high life in Kardashian's virtual world.
Kim Kardashian releases her new app this week. Users get to live the high life in Kardashian's virtual world.

Unsatisfied with living the high life on her own, Kim Kardashian wants others to experience it for themselves - virtually.

Your avatar on the "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" app, to be released this week, will get to preen him or herself incessantly, date popular musicians, or buy new shades to snazz up his/her look.

Don't have enough Kardashian dollars for that kitten in a tote bag? You can swap S$25 for 25,000 "K dollars", enough to buy yourself a shiny new car. 

Ms Kardashian announced the vanity project on her Instagram last week, with a trailer of the new game. 

Fans can bow at virtual Kim's feet as she dishes out advice for staying in the limelight: "To remain famous, you must keep doing projects - if you don’t do a good job on a project, people will lose interest in you, and you’ll lose fans!” 

The Mirror reported poorer-than-poor odds of Kim's app being Apple's new top-earning app - at 100/1

One reviewer at The Daily Beast said: "The game’s concept suggests that being just like Kim Kardashian is the pinnacle of self-fulfillment. But it ends up making that life seem completely unpalatable.​"

We find it hard to disagree. 

Sources: The Daily Beast, The Mirror

Neil in Brazil: Pick the Winner - Costa Rica v England

He's hit a rough patch predicting scores, but our "scientist" in Brazil Neil Humphreys is back from the drawing board with a new experiment to determine the winner of Costa Rica v England.

His method? Get two adorable girls to decide through a penalty shootout, that's how.

*DISCLAIMER: We're not taking any of the blame if you lose money by going with Neil's predictions. Okay?

Watch Neil's videos from Brazil and get the latest World Cup scores from Football Kaki Live, available on iOS and Android devices.

Neil in Brazil: Interview with an Iranian TV host

During his walkabout in Belo Horizonte, Neil Humphreys came across this lovely TV presenter from Iran (he didn't quite get her full name) who shared her thoughts on her country's plucky performance against Argentina.

Watch Neil's videos from Brazil and get the latest World Cup scores from Football Kaki Live, available on iOS and Android devices.

Neil in Brazil: Postcard from Belo Horizonte

Neil Humphreys takes a walk around the Belo Horizonte and gets Argentina fan Emiliano to talk about his country's World Cup hopes and Lionel Messi.

Watch Neil's videos from Brazil and get the latest World Cup scores from Football Kaki Live, available on iOS and Android devices.

New Harry Potter theme park looks amazing

We can't wait till The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opens next month!

Universal Orlando's second Harry Potter-themed attraction is opening next month. 

Here's a taste of what you can expect when you visit Diagon Alley, the wizarding business district in London described in J. K. Rowling’s book and movie series.

Welcome! Try not to get lost.

Ready to experience the ride of your life? Take the trilling Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride.

Don't forget to look up. You won't want to miss the fire-breathing dragon.

And who can forget, the Daily Prophet's news reports about our Young Hero,

Examine the iconic Knight Bus up close.

Who's that peeking out from the curtains? Oh, it's just Kreacher, the not-so-friendly house elf.

No trip is complete without a stop at the wands shop.

And a visit to Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, where you can find some great novelty items.

And when you're done, hop on The Hogwarts Express train, which connects to Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Get the details of the new theme park in our previous report here.

Photos: Reuters, 2014 Universal Orlando Resort

Sawing toes for 'Cinderella feet'

More women in the US and the UK are seeking feet surgery - to look better in their dream shoes.
More women in the US and the UK are seeking feet surgery - to look better in their dream shoes. PHOTO:

Some women are going to great lengths to fix their feet, with a few even resorting to surgery to shorten their toes. 

More women in the US and the UK are altering their feet to make wearing fashionable shoes more comfortable, or simply to look better in them, report the media in the US and the UK. 

Foot doctor Ali Sadrieh, based in California, said that the surgeries are so popular that he has coined fancy names for them - the "Perfect 10!" (aesthetic toe-shortening); "Model T" (toe-lengthening); and "Foot Tuck", a fat-pad augmentation that helps with high heels, he told The New York Times.

The length of toes that some women would remove to fit into the perfect pumps - a full centimetre from their second and third toes. 

Briton Paulina Charlikowska, a salon owner, spent £4,500 (S$9,500) last year to help her feet squeeze into shoes two sizes smaller as she "couldn't bear to wear big, ugly shoes", reported Daily Mail. 

Ms Charlikowska's feet before the operation.

Before: A screengrab of the photo provided by Ms Charlikowska's doctor.

Ms Charlikowska's feet after the operation.

After: A screengrab of the photo provided by Ms Charlikowska's doctor.

"(The operation) took an hour and although I couldn’t feel anything, I could hear my bones being sawed and crunched, which was horrible," she told the paper.

"There was no pain afterwards, but I had wires in my toes for five weeks and one toe became infected, so I had to take antibiotics."

Not all procedures go smoothly.

Daily Mail reported that housewife Danielle Sandler is in pain and can no longer fit into heels after her surgery two years ago to straighten her "hammer toes" turned awry. Her toes ended up sticking up a weird angle. "Hammer toes" occur when the smaller toes are pushed until they are bent at the middle joint. 

She said: "People should think very carefully before they jump into having foot surgery for cosmetic reasons. It’s not worth the risk just for the sake of vanity — my feet are more painful now than they were before."

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Times

True colours! Buffon thinks chameleons Italy can get it right

Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon believes his country are clutch match specialists who will deliver when they square off in their deciding World Cup Group D match against Uruguay.
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon believes his country are clutch match specialists who will deliver when they square off in their deciding World Cup Group D match against Uruguay. Photo:

His team might have suffered a shock defeat to Costa Rica forcing them into a deciding final group match against Uruguay, but Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon isn't fazed by the importance of the occasion.

After experiencing 10 international tournaments with Italy since the 1998 World Cup, the grizzled veteran goalkeeper, 36, believes history is on the side of the Azzurri.

Apart from that, Buffon believes his "chameleon" teammates can show their true colours and deliver when it matters the most.

Speaking to the media in Natal, the Juventus man said: "This is the 10th international tournament I’m playing in with Italy and in 10 tournaments only once were we already qualified by the third match.

"If I'm not wrong, five times we needed to draw and four times we needed to win. History has not changed so much.

"One of our best qualities is that we are chameleons and I hope this versatility will help us to reach all the results we are aiming for."

With Daniele de Rossi ruled out with a calf injury, coach Cesare Prandelli will have to switch things around for his side, with striker Ciro Immobile in contention to start upfront alongside Mario Balotelli.

Source: Reuters

Myanmar gets first entry on UNESCO's World Heritage list

The remains of the cities of Hanlin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy basin were granted endangered status​ at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha on Sunday​.

Myanmar's ancient Pyu kingdom cities​ have been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site​.

The remains of the cities of Hanlin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra in the country’s Irrawaddy basin were granted endangered status​ at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha on Sunday​.

This is Myanmar's first entry into the UN cultural agency’s prized list.

Inclusion on the list has significant economic implications as a World Heritage Site is eligible for financial assistance toward preservation, while the status is a powerful draw for tourists.

The brick, walled and moated cities at Pyu reflect the Pyu kingdoms that flourished for over 1,000 years between 200 B.C. and 900 A.D., according to UNESCO.

Remains of the palace citadels, brick Buddhist stupas and burial grounds at the site draw around 60,000 visitors every year, according to Daw Me Me Khaing, director of the archaeology department at Myanmar’s culture ministry.

“These ancient cities built along the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) Valley belong to the Pyu, a people speaking a language closely related to Myanmar and now extinct,” UNESCO said in a statement.

Other sites given the coveted status this year include a French cave that is home to the world’s earliest known figurative drawings, and ancient terraces in the West Bank that are under threat from the Israeli separation barrier.

Source: AFP

Student saved from giant stone vagina

The exchange student was left red-faced at his attempts for a funny picture. The unusual incident took place at Tübingen University, southwest Germany, last Friday.
The exchange student was left red-faced at his attempts for a funny picture. The unusual incident took place at Tübingen University, southwest Germany, last Friday. PHOTO:
Twenty-two firefighters and five vehicles had to be activated to free the student from his embarrassing situation.
Twenty-two firefighters and five vehicles had to be activated to free the student from his embarrassing situation. PHOTO:

This is probably one of the funniest misadventures of all time. 

A US exchange student found himself stuck in an unenviable position - between the lips of an enlarged stone vagina - while trying to take a funny photo last Friday.

Try as he might, he was unable to wriggle free from the artwork at Tübingen University in southwest Germany.

Twenty-two firefighters, paramedics and five vehicles were needed to rescue him, reported Daily Mail.

Photographer Erick Guzman shared the unforgettable moment on imgur.

"He just wanted to take a funny picture in the vagina statue, the Germans told us it was a normal thing to do!" Mr Guzman posted. 

The 13-year-old installation art is named "Pi-Chacán" or "Chacán-Pi", which means “making love” in Peruvian Indian, reported RT.com. It is worth €120,000 (S$200,000) and was designed by Germany-based Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara.

More than one lubrication and birthing joke were seen under the imgur post "My Friend Got Stuck in the Vagina Statue in Tübingen"

"Never go in dry," said user ForeverAloneDan. 

Sources: Daily Mail, RT.com

Mum dresses kid like a fashion model

Ms Collette Wixom replicates the looks of high-end fashion models on her son with clothes from more affordable brands like H&M. Photo:

Want your kid to look good without having to burn a hole in your pocket?

Take a leaf out of Ms Collette Wixom's book.

The mother-of-two replicates the looks of high-end fashion models on her son with clothes from more affordable brands like H&M.

She wrote on Ministylehacker.com: "I thought it would be fun to “hack” the style of men in fashion and show other parents how they could do the same."

Just how does she get four-year-old Ryker to hold that pose? By using their imagination.

She wrote: "If you see him with his hands in his pockets, he is holstering his imaginary laser guns. If you see him leaning against a wall, he is trying to push it over with his body weight. If your child hates having their picture taken, give imaginative play a try!"

 

Photos: Instagram/ministylehacker​ | Sources: parents.com​Ministylehacker.com​, mymodernmet.com​

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