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A TEXTILE company in Japan had invented deodorised underpants that has become a hit among busy businessmen who have no time to go to the loo, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.
The underpants were initially made for patients with gastrointestinal problems who were unable to neutralise the stink caused by flatulence.
Spokesman for the company which produced the product, Nami Yoshida said the firm spent years creating the product.
“It is also suitable for daily wear,” he said.
The underpants were said to contain odour-absorbing ceramic particles in the material's fibres.
The company currently has 22 products in its “odour-buster” line that includes socks and T-shirt.
> China Press reported that a man in his 30s had threatened to slit his mother's throat when she failed to prepare breakfast for him.
The incident happened on Nov 10 at about 7.30am in Cheras when the 62-year-old woman could not get up early enough as she was sick.
The man, who saw his mother lying in bed, did not ask how she felt and instead shouted at her.
When the woman asked him to buy his own breakfast, he threatened to kill her by slitting her throat.
Fearing for her safety, she lodged a report at the Pudu police station.
> Sin Chew Daily reported that Singaporean scholars were unhappy that a newspaper in China had named a new slope found in Shenyang City, China, as “Xin Jia Po”, or Singapore in Chinese.
The term can also be literally referred to as “newly added slope”.
Singapore's Chinese Learning Lab dean Prof Chua Chee Lay said Singaporeans would sometimes joke about the term but he claimed it was the first time he had seen it used by the media and in this particular case by Shenyang Wanbao newspaper.
He added that it might be a joke, but some readers were questioning the motive behind the use of the term and whether the paper was being disrespectful by referring to the island republic as “a small slope”.
“It would be more acceptable if a big shopping mall or an entertainment city is named after Singapore,” he said.
“I personally take this as a joke but would like to remind that Singa-pore is a small nation.”
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