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People dressing up as anime characters at Anime North 2017. A weeb, or weeaboo, is someone obsessed with Japanese culture, including anime. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Nicholas Moreau)

What Is a Weeb or Weeaboo?

A weeb, or weeaboo, is a Japanophile: someone who appreciates and loves Japanese culture, its people and history. The previous term, “Wapanese,” is now considered derogatory.


Laila Laurel's humourous approach to tackling manspreading won her the prestigous Belmond Award for emerging talent (Photo: Lailalaurel.co.uk)

Anti manspreading chair ticks the box for innovation

Humour is often overlooked when trying to tackle and raise awareness of social issues. That’s not an accusation you can level at British designer Laila Laurel. Laurel’s anti manspreading chair is a funny and clever take on how to deal with the ills of man-spreading.


Glass Gem Corn is much more than a pretty picture. The re-discovery of rainbow corn helped restore a precious part of Cherokee heritage to the Native American Tribe. (Photo: Reddit/Cropitekus)

Glass Gem Corn – Jewels You Can Pop!

Glass Gem Corn has been an internet hit due to it’s beautiful rainbow colours. However, the real story is how a determined Carl Barnes patiently developed rainbow corn and helped restore an important piece of lost Cherokee heritage.


Europeans had no clue about where birds went during winter for thousands of years. Until 1822, when a German hunter shot a stork and discovered an 80cm long African spear protruding from its neck. This provided the first evidence of bird migration to Africa.

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