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10 Absurdities Of The Modern Culture

The world has its fair share of ridiculousness. For more groundbreaking stories from around the globe, tune in to the premiere of VICE this Friday, April 5th on HBO.

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1. The world's most expensive coffee is made from cat poo

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Kopi Luwak—made from faeces of the civet—is the world's priciest and rarest coffee; a cup will set you back about thirty dollars.

2. Bagel Heads

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People create this shocking effect by sitting for hours while saline solution is injected into their foreheads. The swelling goes down after a day, so this practice allows body modification enthusiasts to experiment without the permanence.

3. Penis-snatching panic

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An anthropologist reports that a genital-stealing wave and fear is spreading across parts of Africa. Witnesses are claiming that it's part of an illegal trade of organs, sometimes involving magic channeled through a simple handshake.

6. Bears getting high

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There used to be a simpler time when we only had to worry about grizzlies nabbing picnic baskets, but now some bears in Russia are addicted to aviation fuel, sniffing it until they become unconscious.

7. Otherkin

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This is a community of people who identify as mythical beings (e.g., werewolves, elves, fairies) who were born into human bodies. They are largely connected through the internet, brought together by finding a closeness to nature and their feelings of feeling laughed at and marginalized.

8. Dekotora

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It started with Japan's booming shipping industry and popular movie Truck Guys, and these "decorated trucks" have now been embraced by hobbyists. People spend tens of thousands of dollars to cover their trucks in neon lights and elaborate murals, even revamping the interior to create small living quarters.

9. Mormon Lost Boys

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The "Lost Boys" are those who have been thrown out of the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints Church because elder men have monopolized all of the eligible young girls. VICE travels to the border between Utah and Arizona to listen to their twisted stories.

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