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Meet Singapore’s Rick Warren: Pastor Joseph Prince

Formerly an IT consultant, Pastor Joseph Prince (originally named Xenonamandar Jegahusiee Singh) made a complete career change and founded the New Creation Church in Singapore. Today, the church has around 19,000 members, but his ministry doesn’t end in Singapore.  His sermons are now broadcasted weekly to millions of Ps-singlehouseholds across America, Canada, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.   In fact, I was flipping through some late-night television on my couch in Seattle, when I came across a broadcast of his sermon. Of course, the distinct Singaporean accent was what initially caught my attention.

Known for his personal and humorous style of preaching, his popularity has soared in the past few years. His recent book, Destined to Reign: The Secret to Effortless Success, Wholeness and Victorious Living was listed on Christian Retailing Top 100 Books. Making a generous SGD$500,000 (approximately US$360,000) a year, Pastor Joseph Prince just proves that making preaching a professional career may not be such a bad idea.

Check out one of his sermons here!

Amy

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Airplane food upgrades to include banh mi

The hip airline company, Virgin America, has recently upgraded their in-flight menu to include Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches!  I have never been a fan of airplane food, but banh mi seems to be quite a convenient and yummy alternative to your conventional in-flight cuisine.  While Ipork_sandwich290.20090926012834.20091001204656 haven’t had the chance to try Virgin’s banh mi, I’ve been told that it actually costs around US$10 for one.  I think I’ll do my wallet a favor and hit up my local Vietnamese deli before I travel next time.

Thanks Danny for the link!

Amy

Another solution to global warming: pee before flying

Just when you thought airline regulations couldn’t get any more cumbersome, Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) recently started a new policy encouraging passengersallnippon_1493865c to empty their bladders before boarding the aircraft.  The rationale behind this is that empty bladders means lighter passengers, resulting in a lighter aircraft and lower fuel use.

So don’t be alarmed the next time you fly ANA and a crew member reminds you at the gate to use the bathroom before boarding.  Do your part in saving the environment–empty your bladder!

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Amy

It’s a small world after all

What does a community of dwarves in China do to escape discrimination?  Turn themselves into a tourist attraction!  Whether or not the idea settles well with you, this community from thedwarf_1491953c mountain commune in Kunming, China decided to capitalize on their height instead of letting it be a barrier to social acceptance and employment.  Pay an entrance fee and you will get a chance watch these people dress up like fairy tale characters to entertain you.  Would you pay for this tourist attraction?

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Amy

Another must-have toilet accessory!

In light of our recent poop and toilet related posts, I couldn’t help but showcase another ingenious Japanese invention: toilet deoderizer drops!  Put one drop into the toilet bowl before you drop the smelly monster, and your stall neighbor will think you’re one of those few people who poo roses. MBNsKPOD

Conveniently pocket-sized and for just US$4.58, you can keep this handy in your purse along with your toilet flusher gadget. You will never poop in shame again! Get it here.

Thanks @chowm for showing me this!

Amy

Update: Added in the price of these smelly-no-more babies!

Wong Fu Productions unfolds evolution of “peace sign”

Ever wondered how we fobs managed to turn a simple “peace sign” into an entire collection of fobby poses?  Wong Fu Productions recently released a “mockumentary” to explain this evolutionary phenomenon.  I am a huge fan of these talented guys and I have to say, this video is one of my favorites.  Well done Wong Fu!

Amy

South Koreans show off new infiltration techniques

Don’t worry, we try to keep things rated PG on this site.  These tanned and chiseled hunks are actually just the South Korean special warfare command soldiers participating in a sea infiltration drill.KOREA/

I wonder if they’ve considered modeling as a side job.  Check out more photos of these soliders in training here.

Amy