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Japanese are working themselves to death

Japanese work culture is infused with an idea that exhaustion is more virtuous than excellence, which often forces employees to put in long hours of overtime as a demonstration of corporate loyalty. Japan even has a specific word for the legally recognised “death by overwork” syndrome : karōshi. About 2,000 people a year kill themselves… Read More
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Why Do Chinese Students Work as Mistresses on the Side?

Whilst the number of college girls living as mistresses is relatively small, still the trend is increasing. And girls get paid not on a nightly basis, but a yearly fee. Annual fees start around $5,000 for more homely girls, while the pretty girls — the ones who usually attend drama school — can make around… Read More
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Chinese Women Hire Mistress Dispellers to Break up Their Husband’s Affair

Mistress dispellers specialise in ending married men's affairs with their extramarital lovers. It's a relatively new but booming service in China that seeks to save marriages, while inducing the mistress to disappear. In a country where 80 baby girls are born for every 100 baby boys, young available women are perceived as a rare commodity.… Read More
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India’s ‘Untouchables’ Have to Clean Human Waste With Their Bare Hands

As many as million Indian Dalits are employed as manual scavengers to clear human waste from dry pit latrines, often with their bare hands and without protective gear. Women from this caste usually clean dry toilets in homes, while men do the more physically demanding cleaning of sewers and septic tanks. They use the most… Read More
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Chinese Barbers Clean Eyeballs with a Knife

Eye scraping is an ancient craft in China, where there is an old saying that cleaning the eyes allows you to see the beauty of life. The practice is today dying out but you can still find barber offering these services. Until now, no injuries have been reported. The process involves pulling the eyelid back, cleansing… Read More
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Pakistan Hires Transsexuals to Collect Unpaid Taxes

Faced with one of the lowest income tax filing rates in the developed world, Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, decided to hire transgender people to collect taxes. They are sent to the businesses or houses of debtors to embarrass tax debtors into paying up. Transgender people carry a social stigma and many turn to prostitution as… Read More
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You Can Hire Someone to Blub at Your Funeral

In Middle East and in China, the children or the spouse of the deceased sometimes hire trained actors who specialise in the skill of appearing grief-stricken at public events. Before the funeral services, they are briefed about the deceased's background, achievements, failures etc. so they can talk to other mourners as if they had genuinely… Read More
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You Can Get Your Ears Cleaned on a Sidewalk

In China and in India, you can have your ears cleaned in tea houses and parks by professionnals. Ear cleaners use up to eight different tools, including wires, copper tongs, wooden scoops and goose down. They also wear headlights to help them see better. Ear cleaning is considered by many as an enjoyment often described… Read More
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Ticketless Travel Broker

The Mumbai train system isn’t equipped to check everyone’s ticket. Instead, ticket agents conduct random ticket checks. This has resulted in an informal “ticketless travel insurance” economy. Rather than buying a ticket from the official ticket counter, you instead buy protection from an “informal insurance provider”. You must join by paying a monthly or yearly… Read More
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Professionnal Car Plate Number Blocker

Since Tehran traffic authorities introduced alternate trafic restrictions, a new kind of traffic violation has been born — license-plate human camouflage.  Private vehicles are allowed to run on the streets on alternate days depending on whether their licence plates end in even or odd numbers. This restriction is enforced by traffic enforcement cameras that are… Read More
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