A full-length (42.2km) marathon for two-legged robots was held in Osaka last week. The winner took more than two days to cross the finish line.

Japanese robot marathon

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A pair of deadly kung fu sisters have given traditional dating the chop – to hold a challenge tournament where only the survivors will get the chance to date them.

Chinese kungfu sisters

Xiao Lin, 22, and little sister Yin, 21, are to stage a three day fighting festival in Foushan, south east China, where only the toughest suitors stand a chance of getting through. Only then will contestants earn the right to remove the girls’ masks and propose to them.

But so far, only a trickle of brave contestants has come forward.

“I’m a very good martial artist – but I think I’d want to see them with the masks off before I decided whether I wanted to fight for them,” said one doubtful suitor. (We agree)


Japanese folks have been doing this annually for 54 years…


Photos of an annual Baby-crying contest in Tokyo. The event is thought to bring good health, with Japanese babies face off against each other in matches to see who can cry the loudest.

Japanese crying contest

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