Nipple Slip Embarrasses Kaohsiung LRT

In what may be a new take on “interactive advertising,” Internet users questioned whether an advertising company had deliberately placed an ad so that a button was placed to look like a nipple on an anime character’s breast. Kaohsiung light rail commuters complained that pushing the button felt embarrassing. The ad campaign for the game “Girls und Panzer” features cute schoolgirls displayed on the sides and doors of the rail cars. Users of the light rail are required to push

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Giant Manta Rays Caught and Killed: Captain Identified

The captain of a Taiwan fishing vessel will face a fine after failing to report the capture and deaths of 2 giant manta rays, which are listed as a vulnerable species by International Union for Conservation of Nature. Photos of the bloodied carcases of the manta rays laid on the ground at a fish market in Kaohsiung began to circulate on social media January 1, and were widely reported in Taiwan’s media January 3. Police interviewed the owner of a

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Driverless Electric Buses to Debut in Kaohsiung, 2017

Driverless electric buses will ply a route around Kaohsiung’s Hamaxing District in October next year, when Kaohsiung City hosts EcoMobility World Festival 2017. The district will be closed to private vehicles for the month of October, as Kaohsiung City, and exhibitors from around the world showcase environmental and people-friendly forms of urban transportation. The French-made NAVYA ARMA is a driverless electric vehicle that can accommodate up to 15 passengers and travel up to 45 kilometers per hour, while avoiding obstacles

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National Science and Technology Museum Unveils Tallest Slide in Asia

[Picture: National Science and Technology Museum] The National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung has installed “three dimensional spiraling slide 2.0” which they claim is Asia’s tallest slide. The slide is 27 meters high, 63 meters long, and takes sliders on a 16 second ride reaching a speed of 80 kilometers per hour. Version 2.0 replaces an 18 meter high, 46 meter long slide installed in 2015. The slide takes riders from the 6th floor down to basement level. It

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Baker’s Business Booms Despite Intimidation

A baker at the center of a controversy over the state of a former president’s health, sold out of bread in just twenty minutes today, as people flocked to his stall to show their support. [Cover Photo: United Daily News] In mid-October, the baker Huang Shi-fu took pictures and video of former President Chen Shui-bian, as Chen took a stroll near the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. Chen is on medical parole after serving 6 years of a 20-year prison

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Oil Spills Pose Environmental Threat After Typhoon

Ships cast adrift after cables snapped during Typhoon Meranti’s onslaught in southern Taiwan and Kinmen, now pose an environmental threat as oil spills from the stranded vessels. Authorities are struggling to contain oil spills in Kaohsiung’s Xiziwan (West Bay), and on the island of Kinmen (Golden Gate). Four Seine-Net fishing vessels whose cables snapped during the typhoon ran aground in Xiziwan, and oil spilling from the boats is threatening a nearby coral ecosystem. After viewing the site on September 15,

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Formosan Macaques Poisoned on Monkey Mountain

A Toxicology report released today shows that rat poison was cause of death for 15 Formosan rock macaques that were found in Kaohsiung between August 18 and 24. The macaques were found on Shoushan, a mountain north of the Kaohsiung Harbor entrance, commonly called Monkey Mountain in English. In the 17th century Dutch sailors named the mountain ‘Ape Hill’ because of the prolific number of macaques. The toxicology tests were performed by the Bureau of Agriculture who are conducting a

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Car Plows into Scooters: 5 Injured

Update: A 72 year-old woman among the injured has died, and an 83 year-old man has been charged with negligent homicide. A car plowed into a group of stationary scooter riders waiting at a red light in Kaohsiung today, knocking down vehicles and riders like bowling pins and resulting in injuries to five people. At 5:30pm this evening, seven scooters were stopped at a red light at an intersection in Renwu Township, when the car careered into them from behind.

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Dog Takes Care of Monkey Business on University Campus

The Formosan Macaque is a wily beast who brazenly steals food. His behavior can be quite intimidating, and in the south of Taiwan he is the enemy of farmers, who sometimes resort to lethal means in order to protect their crops. At Sun Yat-sen University on the outskirts of Kaohsiung City, the campus is surrounded by forests, and the macaque has learned that a student’s breakfast or lunch can make for easy pickings. Around 5 years ago campus guards befriended

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Giant ‘Catfish Sharks’ Found in Temple Pond

Staff and worshippers at a temple in Kaohsiung had long wondered why the numbers of carp and tilapia in the temple pond were on the decline. The mystery was solved when workers lowered the water level in order to make repairs. Temple staff were surprised to find three huge ‘catfish sharks’, also known as Genghis Khan fish. Not actually sharks, but a species of catfish. It is suspected that the fish were probably abandoned aquarium pets that grew to their huge size after

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Mother on Stolen Motorcycle Leads Police on a High Speed Chase: 2 Year Old Son No Helmet

Reading the Taiwan media every day, it’s obvious that Taiwan is in the grip of an amphetamine epidemic. Every day tales of violence and reckless, stupid behavior emerge, but are largely ignored in favor of stories about politics, celebrity gossip, and food. Today, a woman in Kaohsiung with multiple drug convictions lead police on a chase for more than twelve minutes, traveling at reckless speeds, and into the path of oncoming traffic while carrying her 2 year old son. The kid was

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