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The skinny: Quebeckers hit with just how bad image is

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Quebeckers hit with just how bad image is

Market-research expert Clotaire Rapaille was hired by Quebec City to help it with an image makeover, reports the Toronto Globe and Mail. Rapaille was tasked with giving his impression on the city and its citizenry. "Now don't get angry when I tell you that you are completely neurotic," he said in his presentation. It got better. "You are with the English a sadomasochist couple and you will be that way forever." That seemed personal. "You have a strong emotional side and yet a strong critical side that we find in trash radios, a sense of repression and inability to succeed." And to hear this, the city paid $300,000 ($293,084.58 U.S.)! Rapaille said his study is not complete, but he meant all this in a good way. "You are an historic aberration. You didn't have a chance to survive, yet you did. You are role model for the world."

Wedded bliss

Man, doll joined in holy mattress-mony

Lee Jin-gyu of Tokyo has grown very close to his dakimakura, which is a large, soft, person-shaped hugging pillow. If that is disturbing, move on to the next item, because it isn't going to get any better. The pillow features the image of a popular anime character, Fate Testarossa, who some say is quite attractive. Friends say he takes the pillow everywhere, including on amusement park rides and at restaurants, where he orders her a meal. Well, he has made an honest pillow out of her, fitting her with a wedding dress and finding a priest who would overlook the fact that she couldn't technically say "I do," and married them anyway. Thankfully, that's all we know and we won't look for updates.


For failure to pay, no more weddings

A 77-year-old woman in Erzurum, Turkey, was taken to court for failing to pay her electric bill for several months. Her sentence, reasonably enough, was to pay her electric bill, reports the Anatolia News Agency. But the court added another punishment: She is forbidden from attending weddings for five months. Maybe it makes more sense if you know her.

The app store

Radiation? Maybe better not to know

Wouldn't it be cool if there was an app to tell you how much radiation you are being exposed to while you use your cell phone? Well, there is one, but it is not available in the Apple Store because Apple turned it down. Critics have praised the application made by Tawkon, but Apple said that it could serve to "cause user confusion" in turning it down.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at


The skinny: Quebeckers hit with just how bad image is 03/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 11, 2010 11:40pm]
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