For years consumers struggled to fit the large round fruit in their refrigerators. And then there was the problem of trying to cut the fruit when it kept rolling around. But, a forward-thinking farmer on Japan’s south-western island of Shikoku solved the problem. The farmer, from Zentsuji in Kagawa prefecture, came up with the idea of making a cube-shaped watermelon which could easily be packed and stored. - BBC NewsApparently this is old news (my sister says she’s seen this a long time ago), but I just learned about it and it’s a swell idea. Too bad it’s thrice the price of a regular watermelon, though.
This is Hideaki Akaiwa. When the Tsunami hit his home town of Ishinomaki, Hideaki was at work. Realising his wife was trapped in their home, he ignored the advice of professionals, who told him to wait for the army to arrive to provide search and rescue.
Instead he found some scuba gear, jumped in the raging torrent - dodging cars, houses and other debris being dragged around by the powerful current, any of which could have killed him instantly - and navigated the now submerged streets in pitch dark, freezing water until he found his house. Swimming inside, he discovered his wife alive on the upper level with only a small amount of breathing room, and sharing his respirator, pulled her out to safety.
If he had waited for the army, his wife of 20 years would be dead.
Oh, and if that’s not enough badassery for one lifetime, Hideaki realised his mother was also unaccounted for, so jumped back in the water and managed to save her life also. Since then Hideaki enters the water everyday on a one man search and rescue mission, saving countless lives and proving that two natural disasters in a single day, and insurmountable odds can’t stand in the way of love. This man is my hero.
Photo of the Day: “Japanese medical personnel check a mother and son for radiation exposure in Kawamata village, Fukushima prefecture on Monday.”
According to a Japanese official, 22 people so far have tested positive for radiation contamination, and a further 190 may have been exposed.
[epa via msnbc.]
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Post-earthquake Japan, by the numbers (via Kyodo News):
- 433 confirmed dead
- 784 people reported missing
- Amount of radiation released inside a control room at Fukushima nuclear power plant “1,000 times normal”
- 3,000 residents ordered to evacuate from a 10-mile radius and a 3-mile radius around two nuclear power plants, respectively
- 3,400 buildings damaged or completely destroyed
- 200 fires
- 181 nursing or welfare homes damaged
- 1,800 homes destroyed in Fukushima Prefecture
- 5.57 million households without power
- 1 million households without running water
- 50,000 Self-Defense Forces deployed to aid residents and municipalities in rescue efforts
- Nine expressways closed
- At least 464 domestic flights cancelled
- More than 120,000 people in Tokyo unable to return home due to suspension of mass transit services and / or traffic congestion
Pray for Japan.
Seeing this made the hair on the back of my neck rise.
All these Tsunami news are breaking my heart. I’m praying for everyone in Japan, for the safety of my fellow Filipinos here in the Philippines, and to all the other countries that might be affected :(
yeesss. oh my god, without any sort of internet connection, time to watch the news or read a paper, I didn’t even know this shit was going down. uuhhgg I feel so out of the loop when I’m not on tumblr. anyway. I will be thinking of Japan and the earthquake that happened there and New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, etc. and the tsunamis caused by the earthquake.
OMG ANON FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU TO HELL. No matter how people perceive them to be, no one deserves this kind of suffering. FUCK YOU ANON. FUCK YOU.