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Man in the Mask

Japanese designers have invented a ‘beauty skin sag face stretcher’ which promises to make your face look more energetic and youthful. Called the Facewaver and available only in pink, its designers claim it is like “doing exercise on your face. It stretches and tightens the face and cheeks, kneading out wrinkles, lines and sag.” The mask is made from nylon and polyurethane, and supposedly stretches the muscles in different directions as the wearer makes facial expressions. In theory, the product increases blood circulation. It is suggested that consumers use it for five minutes a day. “It doubles as a great Halloween costume,” states Japan Trend Shop, who sell the product for £40.

He promises to improve social welfare and reform the education system but there is one thing Skull Reaper A-ji won’t do: take his mask off. The Tokyo City councillor campaigned in a red and black Mexican wrestling mask and gained 2,828 votes. However, other members of the assembly have demanded he take his mask off, saying that it is inappropriate. Skull Reaper A-ji refuses to remove the headwear, telling the Nikkan Sports newspaper: “If I take my mask off, I’m an entirely different person. I will not take it off.” At least two other local councillors in Japan have previously been elected while sporting a mask, including one professional wrestler.

Image: japantrendshop.com

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Image: Skull reaper-Aji

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A book publishing company has made what they claim is the smallest book ever produced. The illustrated guide to flowers is only 0.75mm long and contains an impressive 22 pages - though unfortunately it is impossible to read with the naked eye. The publishers, Toppan Printing, have applied to the Guiness Book of Records for the smallest printed book. The record is currently held by a 30 page publication of Chameleon by Chekhov, which was created by Siberian craftsman Anatoliy Kenenko in 1996 and stretches to a tiny 0.9mm. Shiki no Kusabana (Flowers of Seasons) uses letters that are 0.01 mm wide to minimise the size of the book. It is available to buy for 30,000 yen (£200) and, thankfully, comes with a magnifying glass.

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