Sex toy tester gets paid more than $30,000 annually

Cara Houiellebecq gets paid to test sex toys and earns at least  £15,000 (S$31,440) a year.
Cara Houiellebecq gets paid to test sex toys and earns at least £15,000 (S$31,440) a year.

For Cara Houiellebecq, business is pleasure.

The 33-year-old calls herself a professional sex toy tester and takes home almost  £15,000 (S$31,440) a year.

She claims to experience 15 orgasms a week.

Houiellebecq, whose office is filled with more than 2,000 adult toys, is paid to review these toys for adult companies on her blog.

The mother of two says she spends seven hours every week testing the toys.

Can you believe such jobs exist?

Here are other jobs you probably never knew existed:

1) Netflix binge-watcher

Imagine a job where you are paid to binge-watch all five seasons of Breaking Bad in a row... in pajamas. Netflix calls these people "taggers" as they basically give the TV series and movies proper tags to streamline users' binging experience. 

 

 

2) Pet food taster

Yes, humans are actually being paid to taste pet food. Simon Allison is one of them. He said in an interview with the Daily Mail: "I have trained my palate to look for materials that we will not allow in the recipe, such as tripe."  Allison claims he loves his job but we're not sure... It doesn't sound too appetising.

Photo: Screengrab from Mail Online

3) Golf ball diver

What do you think happens to the golf balls that get swung to the pond? Are they lost forever? Not quite. There are actually professional divers who go in to retrieve the balls.

4) Fortune cookie writer

Photo: SPH file photo

You mean it's not fate?! Yes,Wonton Food, which produces fortune cookies, actually hires freelance writers to craft new messages for the company.

Danny Zeng, the vice president of sales, says that they often make these messages vague to create​ excitement with anyone reading them.

So if you receive a message that says: "The evening promises romantic interest". Remember that someone probably wrote this on a train.

Sources: Mail Online, Mirror, Time, The New Yorker

Golfer Rory McIlroy reclaims world No. 1 spot

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Gary Player Cup trophy after winning the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on Aug 3 in Akron, Ohio.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Gary Player Cup trophy after winning the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on Aug 3 in Akron, Ohio.

British Open champion Rory McIlroy outduelled Sergio Garcia to win the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio on Sunday and regain the world number one ranking.

In his first start since claiming his third major title at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy erased a three-shot overnight deficit, firing a final round of four-under par 66 for a 15-under total of 265 and a two-shot win over Garcia.

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland will overtake Australian Adam Scott atop the world rankings, regaining the No. 1 spot he last held in March 2013.

Garcia closed with a one-over par 71 on the rain-softened Firestone Country Club Course for a 13-under par total of 267.

Garcia's three stroke lead vanishes

His three-stroke lead was gone in the blink of an eye as McIlroy birdied the first three holes and Garcia bogeyed the third to fall one adrift.

McIlroy finished with five birdies and one bogey.

Garcia would pull level going into the back nine, but McIlroy took the lead for good with a birdie at 11.

The Spaniard, who birdied eight of the back nine holes in a 61 on Friday, had his only birdie of the day at the ninth against two bogeys.

Tiger pulls out after hurting back

Before the drama of the final group played out, defending champion Tiger Woods was the focus of attention as he withdrew after eight holes with back pain that puts his appearance in next week’s PGA Championship in doubt.

 

The 14-time major champion, who had back surgery in March, said he began suffering from back spasms after landing hard in a bunker after a shot at the second hole. He withdrew after eight holes to bring his third start since his surgery to an abrupt end. - AFP 

 

Tags: golf, rory mcilroy and No.1

He tried to kill housemate for eating his three cookies

A man tried to murder his roommate after he found out he had eaten three of his cookies for breakfast.
A man tried to murder his roommate after he found out he had eaten three of his cookies for breakfast.

A man in Illinois, US, tried to kill his female house mate after he found out she had eaten three of his cookies for breakfast.

Yes,  three cookies. 

Allen Hall, 23, became angry when he found out that his 49-year-old roommate had eaten his Chips Ahoy! cookies.

The victim was in the bathroom when he pounded on the door, allegedly threatening to kill her.

Not taking his threats seriously, the victim said: "If you are going to kill me, then go ahead."

He then grabbed her with both hands, threw her down, and started strangling her in a bathtub, said the police.

The woman's husband and the landlord eventually pulled him away.

Hall has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery. 

Sources: Gawker, Chicago Sun

 

GALLERY: Glasgow Games hailed best ever

Canadian athletes wave during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
Canadian athletes wave during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
Performers attend the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 3, 2014.
Performers attend the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 3, 2014.

Hailed as the best ever Commonwealth Games by Federation president Prince Tunku Imran, Glasgow 2014 celebrated the end of a memorable 20th edition with a colourful closing ceremony on Sunday.

In a sporting festival recognised for the warmth of its welcome, the ceremony at Hampden Park fittingly celebrated the event loudly and proudly, much like the spectators have done at each sporting venue.

“The Commonwealth Games are known as the Friendly Games. Glasgow has succeeded in making them even more than that,” Prince Imran told the rejoicing crowd.

“These have truly been the people’s Games. Scotland, you have welcomed the athletes of the Commonwealth and have contributed to them realising their dreams on one of the world’s great sporting stages.

“Scotland, and Glasgow, you really have delivered in every aspect the best Games ever. Glasgow you were pure, dead brilliant.”

Britain's Prince Edward officially closed the Games after the CGF flag had been handed from Glasgow dignitaries to officials from Australia's Gold Coast, which will host the 21st edition of the event in four years.


Australian singer Kylie Minogue performs during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on Aug 3, 2014. Photo: AFP


Australian singer Jessica Mauboy (right) and runner Sally Pearson present on stage during the closing ceremony. Photo: AFP


Canadian athletes wait for the closing ceremony. Photo: Reuters


India's Kashyap Parupalli holds his national flag as he celebrates beating Singapore's Derek Wong in the men's singles badminton gold medal final match. Photo: AFP


Silver medallist New Zealand's Jack Bauer stands on the podium during the Men's cycling road race medal ceremony. Photo: AFP


Canada's Michelle Li celebrates winning the gold medal during the women's singles badminton final against Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour. Photo: AFP


Geraint Thomas of Wales celebrates as he wins the men's cycling road race. Photo: Reuters


Australia's Kimberley Ravaillion (right) embraces a team mate as Australia celebrate winning the netball gold medal match between Australia and New Zealand. Photo: AFP


Jamaica's Bolt holds his gold medal after Jamaica won the men's 4x100m relay final. Photo: Reuters


South Africa's Khotso Mokoena celebrates winning the final of the men's triple jump. Photo: AFP


New Zealand's David Nyika cries on the podium after winning the gold medal in men's Light Heavy (81kg) boxing. Photo: AFP


England's Conrad Williams (centre) celebrates with teammates after taking gold in the final of the men's 4x400m relay. Photo: AFP


Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem (left) and Australia's Andrew Moloney in contrasting reactions to the result of their flyweight boxing final. Photo: Reuters


Singapore's women's table tennis doubles pair Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu defeated Australia in the final. Photo: ST


Swimmer Joseph Schooling makes history by winning silver at the 100m butterfly. Photo: ST

- Reuters

Is this art? Screenshot of message board post 'sells' for more than $100,000 on eBay

A screenshot of a messageboard post sold for US$90,900.
A screenshot of a messageboard post sold for US$90,900.

​Will people buy just about anything these days?

​A screenshot of a contemplative post on 4chan, an image message board, about art has now been reportedly ​sold for US$90,900 ($113,306). Well, at least that's the closing bid in an online auction.

Lest you think it's a piece of outstanding poetry or prose set on taking on the world, it's really not.

In fact, this is what the post says:

Art used to be something to cherish.

Now literally anything could be art.

This post is art.

 

Hmm, we'll reserve our judgment on whether this post is indeed art.

The bid for this piece by "Artwork by Anonymous" started at a mere $500, and surpassed $10,000 36 hours later.

Reddit users have commented that these bids could probably be fake as it is easy to cancel a sale after a successful bid.

There are also no penalties for refusing to pay.

Sources: Reddit, Recode

 

 

Tags: eBay and 4chan

Bolt targets sub 19-second 200m

Usain Bolt says he wants to concentrate on smashing the 19-second barrier for the 200 meters.
Usain Bolt says he wants to concentrate on smashing the 19-second barrier for the 200 meters.

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt says he wants to concentrate on smashing the 19-second barrier for the 200 metres following his cameo appearance in the Commonwealth Games.

The 27-year-old Bolt, double Olympic champion in 100m and 200m and a five-times world individual champion, wants to take his 200m world record below 19 seconds.

"I've said I want to run sub 19 for 200m - that's one of my biggest goals and my biggest dreams. I think I've done enough in the 100," the 27-year-old Bolt, who helped Jamaica to the 4x100m relay title in Glasgow, told the BBC. 

"I know people want to see me run fast in the 100 but I love my 200 and I want to do something special for myself. So for me, my main aim is the 200," said Bolt, who did not take part in the 100m and 200m individual events. 


Bolt runs Jamaica's anchor leg to power the men's 4x100m relay team to a gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Reuters

 

Before the race, Bolt was relaxed and even got the crowd going by dancing along to the music in the stadium.

Bolt, the 100m world record holder, set the 200m record of 19.19 five years ago in Berlin.

"The world record can keep going down. You never know who's going to show up next and dominate," he added.

"I've said I want to run sub 19. That's one of my biggest goals and my biggest dreams, so I'm definitely going to be training hard and seeing what I can do." - Reuters

It's unforgivable, says father of girl who decapitated classmate

A hearse carrying the coffin of Japanese schoolgirl Aiwa Matsuo, alleged to have been murdered by a classmate, leaves the funeral hall in Sasebo, western Japan, on July 29. The 16-year-old suspect confessed to decapitating her 15-year-old classmate Matsuo.

The father of a 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl who confessed to decapitating a classmate has said his daughter’s act “can never be forgiven", reports said Sunday.

The 16-year-old, whose name was not released as she is a minor, was arrested last week on suspicion of murdering fellow student Aiwa Matsuo, 15, after police discovered her dismembered body on a bed in the suspect’s home in Sasebo, western Japan.

The teenager has confessed to decapitating Matsuo and cutting off her hand, police said, with the suspect reportedly telling investigators she “wanted to dissect” someone.

“My daughter’s act can never be forgiven for any reason or cause,” her father said in a statement, according to Kyodo News and other local media.

The 53-year-old said the killing deprived the victim of “time to experience the joy and happiness of life”.

Heartbroken by daughter's act

“When I think of the shock and sorrow felt by the bereaved family, it breaks my heart,” he said.

“I can’t find the words for an apology.”

Heartbroken by daughter's death

The father of the victim said he could “never forgive the criminal who bereaved my loved daughter of her life and future", according to the Mainichi Shimbun.

Warning signs 

A psychiatrist, who had examined the accused, told a local child consultation office weeks before the murder that the girl could kill someone if left untreated, news reports said.

The reports did not say whether she had been diagnosed with a specific condition.

Described as a strong student and athlete, the teenager had previously been involved in trouble at elementary school – reportedly lacing two of her classmates’ food with bleaching agents – earlier reports had said.

Police discovered tools, including hammers and a saw, at the suspect’s apartment, the top-selling Yomiuri newspaper reported last week.

Father remarried about three months ago

The paper said the girl’s mother died of cancer last year, and she began living on her own after her father remarried about three months ago.

She had only attended class a handful of times since then, the Yomiuri said.

Violent crime is still relatively rare in Japan, but several high-profile cases involving young people have heightened public concern.

Sasebo made headlines in 2004 when a primary school girl stabbed her classmate to death. -- AFP

‘Guardians’ leads box office with $117 million opening

Guardians Of The Galaxy
Guardians Of The Galaxy film still.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the latest action film from Walt Disney’s Marvel Studios, opened as the top weekend picture in US cinemas, smashing forecasts with ticket sales of $94 million (S$117 million) for the best August opening ever.

The picture, a funnier take on usually serious super-hero films, was forecast to pull in $72 million to $75 million, the estimates of BoxOfficeGuru.com and BoxOffice.com.

With “Guardians,” Disney and Marvel are bringing a scrappy, less-known group of comic-book heroes to cinemas, with an eye toward a new film series.

The studio spent $170 million making the movie, according to Box Office Mojo, and many millions on marketing, adding up to a big bet.

“Guardians” opened in 4,080 theaters, the biggest release ever for August, according to Paul Dergarabedian, researcher​ Rentrak’s senior media analyst.

Astounding numbers

The sales number “is absolutely astounding, especially since this is not a sequel, and what makes it even more impressive is that it’s based on characters that are not household names,” Gitesh Pandya, editor of Box Office Guru, said in a telephone interview.

“It’s a combination of a very strong brand for Marvel, the built-in audience of comic-book fans who know these characters and also the factor that they really made a really good film.”

Sales at Imax theaters totaled $17 million, the best-ever for an August opening. Rentrak said the movie is the third-biggest debut for this year.

“Guardians” stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, an American pilot who becomes the target of a unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by the super-villain Ronan, played by Lee Pace.

Quill joins with four misfits, and after discovering the true power of the orb, he leads an effort to save the galaxy, according to a studio synopsis of the picture. The film co-stars Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, along with the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. - Washington Post

 

Serena wins WTA Stanford title

Serena Williams reacts after beating Angelique Kerber of Germany in the finals of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on August 3, 2014.
Serena Williams reacts after beating Angelique Kerber of Germany in the final of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on August 3, 2014.

World number one Serena Williams climbed out of an early hole to beat third-seeded German Angelique Kerber 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 on Sunday to win the WTA Stanford crown.

The top-seeded American, playing her first tournament since a disappointing Wimbledon campaign in which she was slowed by a virus, got her hardcourt build-up to the US Open off to a good start and will try to carry the momentum into next week’s tournament at Montreal.

Her return to fitness has come at just the right time with the US Open set to start on Aug 25.

Williams had her service broken twice in the opening set, but rallied to dominate the tiebreaker 7-1.

She claimed a 2-0 advantage in the second set and held off her German opponent the rest of the way. Williams fired six aces and did not face a break point in the final set.

Kerber was looking for her first title of the season but instead lost her fourth singles final of 2014.

“I gave everything I could out there. When she was down she started hitting the ball better. It’s a special thing she has,” Kerber said.

Serena Williams reacts after beating Angelique Kerber of Germany in the final of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on Aug 3. Photo: AFP


Kerber returns a shot to Williams during the final of the Bank of the West Classic. Photo: AFP

Williams notched her fourth title of 2014, after triumphs in Brisbane, Miami and Rome.

But the 17-time Grand Slam champion has struggled in majors this year, failing to make it past the fourth round in the Australian Open, French Open or Wimbledon. - Reuters

US appalled by third UN school shelling by Israeli forces in Gaza conflict

 A Palestinian girl, wounded following an Israeli military strike, arrives at the hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian girl, wounded following an Israeli military strike, arrives at the hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli shelling hit another United Nations school packed with refugees in Gaza on Sunday, killing at least 10 people.

The "disgraceful" shelling prompted one of the most strongly-worded statements from Washington since the conflict began almost a month ago.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: "The United States is appalled by today's disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Work Agency) school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displace persons..."

"We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties," said Psaki.

She added that the UN had "repeatedly" warned the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of the schools' precise locations.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the attack "a moral outrage and a criminal act".

IDF said that it was targeting terrorists on board a motorcycle "in the vicinity of an UNRWA school". It is reviewing the consequences of the strike, an army statement said.

Following the attack, Israel has declared a seven-hour humanitarian truce that will begin at 3pm today (Singapore time).

Source: AFP

Tags: Israel, Gaza, UN and conflict

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