I regularly browse a Greek news site called e-go.gr. They're a bit of a down-market operation, so they have lots of interesting stories, like the one about the Japanese house-hider, and so on, which make great blog material.
They also love any story that lets them put up pictures of naked women, which is probably the only reason that anyone in Greece is likely to know who PETA are. I don't think those women are a good advert for vegeterianism, though. They look rather emaciated. Then again, you're not going to thrive on a diet of chillis...
Anyway, I was reading the other day about a special Japanese Vase. The idea is that when you're so angry that you need to let off some steam, but you're worried about offending people, you shout into it as much as you want, but the vase stops the sound so no-one can hear you.
What he is actually screaming is "This vase is stuck! Help! Someone, please!". Still, any new invention is bound to have some flaws...
We have to bear in mind that Japan is incredibly crowded - after all, people live in other people's cupboards, so this invention is probably very useful.
It wouldn't be so popular in Britain, where people don't say what they think anyway.
A little while ago, at the supermarket, I'd broken my normal rule (See: Why I Prefer Older Women) of only going to checkouts where the operators aren't under the age of 21. The girl asked me, as they all have to these days, if I needed any help packing. Like everyone, I said "no, I'm okay, thanks.", but what I thought was "What makes you think you can pack shopping as well as me? I've got a lot more experience than you."
On the way home, I did the sums and realised that, assuming she was under 21, I'd been a customer at that particular shop since before she was born. Which makes me feel old. Even though I'm not, of course. Are there vases that will make thoughts like that go quiet, I wonder?