Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Teacher Gets Pay Cut For Putting Chalk In Yawning Student’s Mouth

Wednesday 29th July, 08:14 AM JST

KOCHI — The head teacher at a public elementary school in Kochi Prefecture had his salary cut by 10% for three months after putting chalk in a student’s mouth, it was learned Tuesday following an announcement from the Kochi Prefectural Board of Education.

The male teacher in his 50s put chalk in a boy’s mouth on June 24, after warning the class that he would do so to the next student who yawned. The boy is said to have told the teacher that he didn’t mind and opened his mouth, and the teacher put the chalk around 3 centimeters long in the boy’s mouth for a couple of seconds. The boy was absent from school the next day and only turned up to school four more days before classes finished for the summer break.

The teacher has apologized and pledged to do better in the future.
- Japan Today

[I think the boy is a big crybaby. He said he didn't mind, probably to impress his fellow students, but obviously once he realised the chalk wasn't very tasty and he may look rather foolish instead of cool, he runs crying to mummy and daddy. I'm on the teacher's side on this one! - Stratu]

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sultry Sally Potato Chips - Great Packaging, Shame About The Chips

................ I love potato chips. Who doesn't? The other day in my local deli I saw a big display of these new potato chips with the coolest potato chip packaging ever. I don't even care that the chips taste like crispy cardboard. I think there are two other flavours (besides Salt & Vinegar and Thai Sweet Chilli and Lime, the ones I got) so I gotta get those and put them up here soon. Well, have you ever seen a more wonderful and awesome potato chip packet design?

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Two Women Attacked By Man With Umbrella In Shinjuku

During my recent injury (severed toestring from Wile E. Coyote glass) I had forgotten to check the Japan Today Crime section, so did that today and found this great story:

Two Women Attacked By Man With Umbrella In Shinjuku
Tuesday 07th July, 09:53 AM JST
TOKYO — Two women in their 20s were assaulted by a man wielding an umbrella on Monday in Shinjuku, and police believe the attacks were committed by the same man, who remains at large.

The first woman was in a FamilyMart convenience store at around 11 a.m. when she noticed some water dripping on her from behind. When she turned around in surprise, a man holding an umbrella shrieked in a loud voice and hit her on her shoulder with the umbrella before running off, police said.

A few minutes later at a pedestrian crossing about 300 meters from the convenience store, another woman crossing the street was suddenly called out to by a man passing her, and when she turned around, she was hit on the nose by an umbrella. She dropped to the ground and the man ran off in the direction from which he came.

The man has been described as being about 170 centimeters tall, of medium build and in his 20s or 30s. He was wearing a white or light-green shirt and blue jeans, and his hair was messy.