GERMANS ARE WACKY?
Think Germans are uptight? You haven't been to Berlin's Fashion Week. Local designers Alexandra Fischer-Röhler and Johanna Kühl have grabbed Uber-attention with a wedding gown that leaves little to the imagination. It's basically a G-string and bikini top with a sort of mosquito net for a veil. "Here's a wedding gown that says 'I Do' to pretty much everything," says a website called IfItsHipItsHere.com.
News broke this week that Bonn-based SolarWorld really stepped in it with its annual Christmas card. With the solar industry flaring up over allegations that Chinese panel makers have undercut the competition and dumped panels on the world market, SolarWorld's card shows a caricature of some guy with a Fu Manchu in a Santa outfit shrugging his shoulders. Racist much? The card, in German, is a "wish list" for customers which includes things like best price, highest quality, and German jobs. SolarWorld has apologized for the card, but Ocean Yuan, the Chinese American CEO of Grape Solar in Oregon, has fired off a letter to politicians to distance themselves from the firm’s US arm over this "blatantly racist card and disgraceful caricature attack on the Chinese."
Speaking of old WWII foes turned American BFFs...
One last bit of funny business. The Japanese have come up with a new way touse biometrics to prove one's identity. Who needs iris or thumbprint scans when you can sit on your bum? "A team of Japanese scientists claim their pressure sensor sheet can accurately identify an individual's backside," reports The Jakarta Globe (my go-to source for this kind of thing). "When placed on a driver's seat (it) could be used as a last line of defense to stop someone else driving away your motor." There is a crack in this theory, however. "The recognition tends to be compromised by different clothes...sensors read different signals from a pair of trousers and a pair of jeans." You may have to drop your drawers for the sake of security, but this isn’t unusual for anyone subjected to a TSA patdown.
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