15 November 2019

The Spin

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  • Shortchanged? May be your bank has been cheating you. Bankers are victims of their own culture, according to a study by Swiss researchers. Photo: Bloomberg

    Your banker cheated you? Here’s why

    - Nov 20, 2014 8:25am
    We’ve heard these horror stories before, mainly from the news, but we’ve never quite understood the causes behind them. Now, researchers in Switzerland are helping shine a light on why bankers cheat. The researchers’ method was...
  • The Oppo R5 is so thin you'll have to use a special adaptor to fit a phone jack. Photo: Internet

    Suddenly, the iPhone 6 looks chubby next to this one

    - Nov 6, 2014 2:27pm
    If the iPhone 6 looks insanely thin, wait till you get your hands on an Oppo smartphone. What Oppo, you say. Exactly. Because Oppo is a company no one has heard of, although it sounds an...
  • Brittany Maynard, shown here with her husband, is dying of cancer and has decided to end her life rather than allow the disease to ravage it. Photo: The Independent

    Death with a smile

    - Oct 31, 2014 12:32pm
    Brittany Maynard’s ordinary life will have an extraordinary ending. And when the time comes, she will have crossed out everything on her bucket list, said goodbye to family and friends and gone out on her own...
  • Debs Torr and Chris Dobson have done their sums. The water we save by peeing in the shower amounts to a huge favor to all of us. Photo: BBC News

    Love it or hate it, but do it in the shower

    - Oct 10, 2014 12:32pm
    If you pee during your morning shower, you’re doing mankind a favor because you’re saving precious water. That’s what Debs Torr and Chris Dobson are telling fellow students in the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the English...
  • As a comic book character Sheryl Sanberg is in great company. Hlllary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Mother Theresa and Melinda Gates have been featured in the publisher's series on women power. Photo: Fortune, CNN

    What next after Sheryl Sandberg stars in comic book?

    - Sep 24, 2014 10:31am
    This is art imitating life, comic book-style. The star is a heroine trying to make it in a man’s world — not just make it but succeed in a big way — and empower all women....
  • Shinzo Abe is flanked by Yuko Obuchi, the newly appointed economy, trade and industry minister (left) and Sanae Takaichi, the new internal affairs and communications minister. Almost 30 percent of Abe's cabinet are women. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why sex-equality champion Abe needs a woman’s point of view

    - Sep 12, 2014 2:51pm
    Yumi Suzuki manages a Japanese construction company. That alone makes her a rarity in Japan’s notoriously patriarchal and hierarchical society, but that’s not why she has been getting a lot of attention lately. Suzuki and women like...
  • This, not that. Refusing to settle for an extra chicken leg in place of mooncakes, workers at a Taiwanese factory in mainland China had only one answer. Photos: Bloomberg/Internet

    What chicken leg? Mooncake-deprived workers go on strike

    - Sep 10, 2014 10:39am
    An extra chicken leg at a Mid-Autumn Festival lunch isn’t a mooncake and workers at a Taiwanese factory in mainland China know the difference. So, instead of settling for the added dish, they went on strike....
  • Hello Kitty has a full back story that confirms what she is, her name and nationality, according to a researcher. Photo: Sanrio

    Hello Kitty isn’t what you think she is

    - Aug 29, 2014 10:44am
    Watch out Kermit, you might be outed as someone else. They just did that to Hello Kitty. The cultural icon, who began life as a character on a coin purse in Japan in 1974, has been...
  • Scientists say they have found the answer to shedding excess pounds and keeping them out. But don't we already know this? Photo: Internet

    Ultimate weight killer is a 1-2 punch

    - Aug 25, 2014 9:28am
    Haven’t we heard this before? That the best way to lose weight is to lose it and never put it back on? Apparently, we all have a lot to learn, according to scientists from the University...
  • The woman uses her foot to try to separate the man from his phone. Photo: Mail Online

    Reel or real? Girl freaks out over iPhone-maniac boyfriend

    - Aug 22, 2014 12:53pm
    Some guys just don’t get it. If you’re engaged to be married and riding in a crowded train with your future wife who may or may not be frustrated with the ride, you can’t be too...
  • Google chairman Eric Schmidt is known for his worldview on any subject which makes him a lively coffee date. Photo: Bloomberg

    What it takes to have a coffee break with Eric Schmidt

    - Aug 6, 2014 1:18pm
    Coffee is on him but the big tab goes to you. A 30-minute coffee meeting with Eric Schimdt is inspiring frenetic bidding on a charity auction site, with one bidder upping the ante to US$16,000. Charitybuzz...
  • Langurs and their handlers hang out in Delhi. Monkey impersonators have been hired to chase langurs from government buildings but some say monkey handlers and their wards can do the job better and cheaper. Photo: NBC News

    What’s all this Delhi monkey business about?

    - Aug 1, 2014 4:39pm
    They wish they could simply legislate them out of the way but they can’t, so lawmakers in New Delhi turned to the local government to keep unruly monkeys from the legislative building. The government’s response? It...
  • Michigan Suffers Largest Apple Crop Loss Since The Forties

    What happened to an apple a day? It’s not enough

    - Jul 30, 2014 10:06am
    An apple a day apparently is no longer enough to keep the doctor away. A recent study suggests we eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables, especially vegetables. True enough, some people began to despair at...
  • Rebecca Ehalt says her dog got a clean bill of health from the vet after the fainting episode. Photo: Mail Online

    What it’s like when your dog is just happy to see you

    - Jul 29, 2014 10:12am
    Talk about overwhelming joy and this one is right up there for drama. But you wouldn’t know until you’ve seen the video evidence, so we’re giving you the spoiler here: YouTube: dog-passes-excitement-greets-owner Still, you wouldn’t appreciate why...
  • Outdoor bars and cafes have been told to rein in noisy customers and they're no longer allowed to set up televisions outside their premises during football matches. Photo: Seville Tourism Guide

    Seville deals with decibels

    - Jul 28, 2014 9:53am
    There’s a new kind of hush in the Spanish city of Seville. It’s called peace and quiet. The home of flamenco, the raucous April Fair and cheerful bar scene is toning it down a notch after...
  • European couples bicker over household chores, work and money, just like the rest of us. Apologies for this Sex and the City still shot which we thought was appropriate to illustrate early marital discord. Photo: Reuters

    You won’t believe what sets off most European couples

    - Jul 24, 2014 2:52pm
    Whose turn is it to do the dishes, or clean the bathroom? The answer is as straightforward as the question but in Europe, it could set off a marital spat. It could also be just part...
  • One of the flags is see atop the superstructure of New York's Brooklyn Bridge. A senior police official has ruled out terror links but the NYPD is leaving nothing to chance.  Photo: CNN

    Is it art or danger sign? Mystery of Brooklyn white flag

    - Jul 24, 2014 10:30am
    If they were an art project, the New York police would like to know. If they were some sort of warning, they’d be interested in every detail. Whatever the case, two white flags at the top...
  • A Chinese businessman takes a look inside an executive jet during a recent aviation show in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

    China private jet market takes off with super rich

    - Jul 23, 2014 5:43pm
    It’s not easy being a salesman of private jets in China these days. Not that there are less super-rich people in the country. Despite the slowing economy, the number of billionaires in China rose by 41...
  • In this 2013 file photo, Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Photo: AFP

    Right royal blush: Queen’s horse fails dope test

    - Jul 23, 2014 2:21pm
    There were plenty of blushes to go around but they stopped at the door of Buckingham Palace. Still, the royal household had to do the right thing after it was revealed that a certain important racehorse...
  • Cory Tschogl says she's been living a nightmare since her guest refused to leave her Palm Springs condo. Photo: Business Insider

    Renter wears out welcome, won’t leave

    - Jul 23, 2014 12:51pm
    If you have a flat that is a bit too far from your office, and you want to rent it out for extra cash, let this story serve as a warning: Be very careful in choosing...