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THAILAND WITHDRAWS TEXTBOOKS BECAUSE COVER HAS PHOTO OF JAPANESE PORN STAR

This Thai textbook publisher, however, has come under fire for apparently sourcing an image from the internet to use on a book’s front cover – which turned out to be a photo of a Japanese adult video star. The cover of ‘Basic Mathematics’, from publisher MuangThaiBook, is bright and colourful, with some typically mathsy images of teachers grinning at the camera and looking thoughtfully at equations.

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16 FACTS ABOUT BREASTS THAT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY

The study aimed to find exactly why men are attracted to breasts, and the answer they found is that it’s a partial result of evolution. In that men have learned that by stimulating a woman’s nipple, the woman is then more inclined to feel attracted and connected to her partner physically.

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MAN GRANTED DIVORCE BECAUSE WIFE DEMANDED TOO MUCH SEX

An exhausted husband begged a judge to grant him a divorce based on the fact he could no longer keep up with his wife's 'excessive and insatiable' desire for sex. According to the affidavit, the husband alleged that his sex-crazy spouse would force him into having unnatural sex. He said that whenever he tried to resist her advances, she would abuse him so he would always end up succumbing to her persistent demands.

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APPLES UNVEILS THE WATCH, CALLING IT THE COMPANY’S “NEXT CHAPTER”

The tech giant unveiled the long-anticipated Apple Watch on Wednesday under the glare of both the technology and fashion media at the packed hall of Flint Center for the Performing Arts at Cupertino. This marks its foray into the fledgling wearable market. The Apple Watch features an unique touchscreen display the recognises the difference between a tap and a "force press". In addition, it has a "digital crown," a dial that is sits on the right side of the device.

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FEMALE-ONLY TOWN IN BRAZIL IS DESPERATELY SEEKING MALE PARTNERS

The all-female town, home to about 600 residents, is quite the revolutionary idea. Although some of the women are married, their husbands and sons live elsewhere during the work week. The men follow their wives’ rules and only return on weekends. The women manage every aspect of the town, including its agricultural system. Residents say the town’s only downside is the difficulty in finding a boyfriend or husband. They’re interested in inviting men to the town, but only if they understand the guidelines and lifestyle.

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8 TYPES OF PEOPLE YOU’LL SEE ON SINGAPORE’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT

With so much time spent on public transport here in Singapore (estimating 3 hours a day X 300 days would be 900 hours on the public transport alone for 2014), it would seem that that I've learnt to categorize the people on the public transport into different groups automatically. It helps with managing my expectations of how to deal with them and as psychologists would say, it's an energy efficient way to think about people. So below are some of the categories that my brain has come up with in regards to the different types of people that I could usually find on public transport. Is it the same with you?

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FOREIGN TALENT TO STAR IN MOVIE ON SINGAPORE’S INDEPENDENCE

The movie "1965" which is set in the early days of Singapore’s independence with racial tensions forming the backdrop will begin its pre-production this month. It is slated to be a dramatic thriller on how fragile racial harmony can be. The film, which has a budget of S$2.8 million, took five years to develop. About 40% of the budget is financed by MDA.

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CHINA WOMAN DESTROYS SINGAPOREAN FAMILIES TO HAVE EASIER LIFE FOR HERSELF

Mabelle says she is willing to share her experience because she feels that "it is grossly unfair to blame PRC women" when a family breaks down. She is aware that her comments could invite a backlash, but she says in Mandarin: "Who cares? I don't owe anyone a living. If there is any reason for concern, it would just be my son, because he is innocent." Her son, 15. He is in the Integrated Programme (IP) of one of the top schools here. In a separate interview, her son says in fluent English: "The humiliation was too much for me to bear. I had trouble coping with school, my grades were dropping and I almost failed my final term examinations last year."

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SHUT UP WHEN A MINORITY IS TALKING ABOUT RACE

Despite Chinese privilege in Singapore being very real, there is little or no recognition of this concept within the national public sphere and discussions of race. Attempts by minorities such as Thanapal to name this privilege often receive hostile attack from Singapore Chinese, who employ defensive mechanisms similar to deniers of white privilege--to name privilege is divisive, to name privilege is not a solution, to name privilege is rude, to name privilege is racist. In a stroke of unfunny irony, what happens then is that minorities who call out Chinese racism are then termed racist by their aggressors.

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