The notoriously isolated North Korean economy only permits new products to be sold as needs arise, and in December (according to a report by Agence France-Presse), the ministries began allowing Western-style “skinny jeans” (having relaxed the rule requiring female workers to wear skirts).
Also recently for sale: human fertilizer (owing to the attrition of the animals that previously produced manure for family gardens).
The SEGA video company’s Japan division began test-marketing its new Toylets game in January, designed for men’s urinals.
With sensors in the basin and a video screen at eye level, men score points based on the strength and accuracy of their streams.
Among the suite of games: sumo wrestling (squirt the opponent out of the circle), graffiti-erasure (strong streams wipe out more graffiti), and skirt-raising (the stronger the stream, the higher a woman’s skirt is “blown” upward).
Automaker BMW of Germany announced testing in December of a new technology (“flash projection”) in which an ultra-bright light sears the company logo into a viewer’s vision, where it lingers even if the viewer subsequently closes his eyelids tightly.
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